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Friday April 22, 2016 was the last day of work for 200 Abbott Laboratories employees in the northern suburbs of Chicago. The laid-off employees were given their 60 day notice in February and were required by Abbott to train their H1B-foreign replacements in order to protect their severance packages.

Some of the laid-off employees attended “memorial” on Friday in North Chicago, IL to bring more attention to the toll H1B and other special visa programs are taking on American workers which is costing them their jobs and in some cases killing them.

Filmmakers Jeremy Segal & Andrew Marcus were there to speak with some of the laid-off workers.

Best-selling author, Michelle Malkin, also attended the memorial, read aloud from her new book, “Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America’s Best & Brightest Workers;

In the spring of 2003, tech workers at Bank of America’s Concord Technology Center in California felt like they were on “death row.” Kevin Flannigan, a 41 year old software programer, survived for months as the company slashed his friends and colleagues positions. Like his coworkers, Flannigan was forced to train his replacements unable to cope with the stress and humiliation, he killed himself in the office parking lot on the day he got his official pink slip.

As Malkin finished her reading, a member of the audience told a similar story of another IT casualty from PeopleSoft who also killed herself as a result of similar circumstances.

Because some of the attendees were still currently employed (training their foreign worker replacements), could not go on the record because they were forced to sign agreements gagging them speaking about their layoffs.

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One Response

  1. James Leonard

    H1B is killing software engineers too. Contracting rates are the same as or lower than 20 years ago. Even with a conservative estimate of 3% inflation, that means we’re making 55 cents now for every dollar we were making 20 years ago.


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