Southern California Edison

Report: PG&E Offshoring IT Jobs to India to Cut Wage Costs

In the latest high visibility offshoring of Silicon Valley jobs to India, the San Francisco Business Times (SFBT) reported last month that the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) will offshore about 72 information technology (IT) jobs from San Francisco to India in a restructuring that could slash labor costs by 75 percent.

PG&E empty chair (Tony Avelar / Associated Press))

CA Liberals’ Demand to Shut Power Plants Risks New Energy Crisis

The Los Angeles Times reports a new effort to shut down local natural gas power plants due to the possibility of a 21 percent electrical capacity glut by 2020. But shrinking the surplus generation cushion runs the risk of launching another energy crisis like the one that caused Governor Gray Davis’ recall.

California natural gas (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Apple’s H-1B Partner Banned for Underpaying Aliens

Two Silicon Valley companies that import foreign software engineers for Apple and other firmss were fined and banned from the controversial H-1B visa program for underpaying what are already cheap foreign tech workers.

The Associated Press

Zuckerberg Ally, H1-B Advocate: Laid-off Americans ‘Don’t Work Hard Enough’

During a recent National Journal LIVE event, venture capitalist Lars Dalgaard, who is closely affiliated with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s lobbying group, suggested that the reason hundreds of American STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and information technology (IT) workers at Southern

The Associated Press

Displaced Southern California Edison Workers Sue Obama Admin. Over Unilateral Visa Rule

Former Southern California Edison employees are suing the Obama administration over its H-4 visa rule that grants work permits to certain spouses of H-1B visa holders. They say the action negatively impacts the SCE workers because not only does it benefit their direct H-1B visa competitors but it also increases the labor pool with new H-4 visa holders.

Southern California Edison

Exclusive: Union Official Says ‘Corporate Greed’ Behind Push for H-1B Visas

A so-called “war on the American worker” has intensified in the Golden State. Massive layoffs are being spearheaded by the multi-billion dollar Southern California Edison utilities company, which is terminating scores of American IT workers and replacing them with immigrant IT workers, from a slew of foreign counties, who are willing to work for far less compensation. These immigrants are in the U.S. on an H-1B visa program.

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