Tunnel Rat posted on March 6, 2016 04:02

There has been talk among insurgents for a long time about using RICO statutes against the collaborators who work with the Indian Bodyshops to displace American workers.  Finally, someone is doing exactly that:

"Immigration lawyer Sara Blackwell discusses her suit filed against the Disney corporation on behalf of highly-skilled American workers replaced with cheap, foreign labor and completely shut out of their fields of expertise."


Here is one of her clients:

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Tunnel Rat posted on February 29, 2016 01:35

Along with Patrick Thibodeau at Computerworld, Michael Hiltzik of the L.A. Times has been covering the ongoing workplace genocide of American techies at Disney, SoCal Edison, and other places.  So far, the talk of raising the H-1B cap has resulted in nothing, and the myth of the India's "best and the brightest" saving American companies from IT apocalypse continues to be exposed.

"Perrero's story is becoming woefully familiar -- in fact, several congressional committees have been hearing testimony like it for more than a year. It's the story of how a visa program designed to allow high-tech companies to find foreign workers with advanced degrees and unique skills has been subverted by industries using it to replace American journeyman technology workers with lower-paid workers imported from overseas. 

A year ago, the wholesale firing of IT teams at Disney, Southern California Edison, and other tech-dependent companies and their replacement by offshore workers with so-called H-1B visas caused a national scandal. We exposed this loophole at the time, and followed up by showing how Congress connived in the visa subterfuge."

 - A phony STEM shortage and the scandal of engineering visas -- how American jobs get outsourced


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h/t http://aknextphase.com/tag/tilak-mandadi/


Disney’s Wild IT Ride


WGBH television is promoting the new three-part program in its American Experience series: Walt Disney 1, 2 and 3. Part of this program about the man who built “the happiest place on earth” is a clip on working at Walt Disney studios.

The irony lies in what American workers in Walt Disney’s IT departments have been experiencing. It’s like nothing you’ll find on Disney’s Main Street U.S.A. – or want to for that matter. It’s also like nothing that’s supposed to happen according to the intent behind H-1B Visas. Disney’s IT department is no longer a happy place.

The Timeline

In a nutshell, here’s the timeline of what happened:

October 2014:  250 employees in the IT department at Disney Parks and Resorts in Orlando, FL were told that their jobs were being transferred to workers from India brought in by an outsourcing firm using H-1B visas. As a condition for receiving severance pay and a measly four months of unemployment insurance, they had to train their replacements. That meant sitting with them every day, teaching their jobs to people who were far less qualified and experienced than the Disney employees.

January 30, 2015: The New York Times runs an article, “Pink Slips at Disney, but First Training Replacements” by Julia Preston that “outs” Disney’s callous and miserly action to millions of Disney theme parks customers. A furor ensues.

April 29, 2015: Computerworld publishes Senior Editor Patrick Thibodeau’s article, “A restructuring and H-iB use affect the Magic Kingdom’s IT operations,” on the Parks and Resorts layoff.  Negative publicity and social media follows.

H-1B visa, offshoring, outsourcingLate May, 2015: Disney lays off 35 technology employees at their ABC Television Group in New York City and Burbank, CA. These people were also forced to train their replacements, immigrants brought in by an outsourcing company using H-1B visas. Their last day was scheduled to be July 31. 

June 11, 2015: Disney/ABC Television Group cancels plans to lay off the New York and Burbank employees.

June 19, 2015: Mr. Thibodeau (@DCgov) reports in @Computerworld that Disney/ABC Television Group has reversed its decision and rescinded the layoffs, granting a “reprieve” to the 35 affected employees. 

July 2015: The U.S. Department of Labor begins investigating Disney—and the labor contractor HCL America—in response to complaints filed by several of the Orlando workers who had lost their jobs in the January layoff.

There’s nothing like shining a light on abuse and the negative publicity for @DisneyParks in all of this has been significant. It has not been enough, however for Disney to cancel the layoffs in Orlando and rehire the employees it discarded there in favor of cheaper immigrant labor. To find out what that felt like, you can read a first-hand account from aDisplaced Disney Cast member on Breitbart B. 

The Elusive CIO

As bad as this story is—and it’s not unique by any means—there is a hidden story that no one is looking at. The skunk in the woodpile, the man who made the decision to outsource IT and call down bad publicity that has affected the Disney brand, is the company’s CIO: Tilak Mandadi. I decided to do some research and found that he’s a tough man to pin down.

Mr. Mandadi, Disney’s SVP and Global Principal Tech Officer, is not included on theDisney management team that’s listed on their web site under Chairman and CEO Robert Iger. He does appear by name and title only among the executive management for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. His LinkedIn page is not up to date and does not extend beyond his previous position as Senior Vice President of Information Technology at American Express. He does, however, include Enron where he was director of information technology. His ZoomInfo listing is pretty bare bones. A Usenix page is completely blank.

He holds a Master’s Degree in computer science from the University of Oregon.  Aside from that, the only information I could find on the elusive Mr. Mandadi is that he was co-chair of the 2015 Special Olympics in Florida and is a Capricorn. I don’t have paid access to Lexus-Nexus or BoardroomInsiders.com so it’s possible that a lot more is out there. But it seems odd that a man who holds such a prominent title in one of America’s foremost corporations is virtually invisible on the internet.

Unscathed and Unrepentant

Also, it’s clear that, despite having caused a great deal of negative publicity for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, having damaged its brand, and having possibly caused unnecessary expenditures for cancelling at least one labor contract and rehiring of the New York employees, he remains unscathed and unrepentant.

Computerworld publishes Senior Editor Patrick Thibodeau’s article, “A restructuring and H-iB use affect the Magic Kingdom’s IT operations,” on the Parks and Resorts layoff. Negative publicity and social media follows.The explanation for that is pretty simple, though. Robert Iger, Disney’s CEO is a co-chair (along with Michael Bloomberg and  Rupert Murdoch) of the Partnership For a New American Economy, a group that supports immigration reform. (BTW: Mr. Iger makes $46,000,000 a year.)

The organization promotes tripling the current 85,000 available H-1B visas under a program called  “I-Squared”  that was introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). With this kind of reform, we won’t get a new economy. We’ll get a lot more pink slips for Americans in STEM jobs. Somehow I don’t think that Walt Disney had pink slips and layoff in mind when he created the Magic Kingdom.

Tilak Mandadi is typical of slumdog CIOs that show up at American IT departments.  The first thing they do is shitcan all the American workers, then they bring in their buddies from Infosys, Tata, or in Disney's case, HCL.  Usually they are getting HUGE kickbacks for turning their new fiefdoms into curry dens.


Mandadi is trying to keep a low profile -- even his LinkedIn profile shows him to still be working at American Express, another site of ethnic cleansing at the hands of slumdogs.  


Tunnel Rat posted on September 24, 2015 01:07

It looks like Disney is going to feel some heat for displacing American workers!  I urge all insurgents to visit this web site and take action now:



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Tunnel Rat posted on August 9, 2015 03:25

From the LA Times:


...Yet many studies suggest that the STEM shortage is a myth. In computer science and engineering, says Hal Salzman, an expert on technology education at Rutgers, "the supply of graduates is substantially larger than the demand for them in industry." Qualcomm is not the only high-tech company to be aggressively downsizing. The computer industry, led by Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft, cut nearly 60,000 jobs last year,according to the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The electronics industry pared an additional 20,000 positions.

...Nevertheless, high-tech employers such as Qualcomm, Google, Microsoft and Facebook lobby hard for more latitude in employing workers on H-1B visas. These are designed to serve high-skilled immigrants but often enable the importing of Indian and Chinese guest workers to replace an older, more experienced, but more expensive domestic workforce. Visa issuance is capped at 85,000 per year, including foreign holders of U.S. advanced degrees, but a bill sponsored by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) would raise the limit to as many as 195,000...


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Tunnel Rat posted on June 14, 2015 02:17

It looks like one slumdog invasion at Disney has been put on hold after threats of a boycott...

Just two weeks ago, the Disney ABC Television Group told a team of approximately 30 to 35 application developers that they were being laid off. Their jobs were being moved to an IT contractor with large offshore operations. Some were told their last day would be at the end of July.

But on Thursday, the Disney ABC TV Media Technology & Strategy development team told the developers that their layoffs were being rescinded. The change was confirmed by a Disney ABC source, although a company spokesman would not comment on the reversal or even confirm it.


- Computerworld


The feds are also investigating slumdog bodyshops Infosys and Tata over charges of ethnic cleansing at Southern California Edison:


The U.S. government is investigating two Indian outsourcing firms and a California power company over whether they violated labor and immigration laws by replacing American workers with foreigners on temporary work visas.

The Labor Department said it is trying to ensure the Indian companies and Southern California Edison complied with the terms of the nation’s skilled-worker-visa system. Controversy has exploded in recent months over whether these foreign workers, who typically have visas known as H-1Bs, displace or complement U.S. workers.

A Labor Department spokeswoman said she couldn’t provide any more details of an “open investigation.”

 This comes on the heals of another slumdog invasion at Fossil:


Yet another American business, this time Fossil Group, has fired most of its tech workers to make way for cheaper foreign replacements.

“We’re doing what we think is the right thing for Fossil,” CIO Ed Robben told The Dallas Morning News, saying the move will help the company cut costs and invest in other areas.

To keep their severance packages, the fired employees will have to train their foreign replacements in videotaped “knowledge transfer sessions,” which the Indian firm charged with replacing them, Infosys, will use to train its workers in other countries.


This is just the beginning...


(Reuters) - Tata Consultancy Services Ltd has been sued by a white American information technology worker who accused India's largest software services exporter of overwhelming favoritism toward workers of South Asian descent in the United States.

In a complaint filed on Tuesday in San Francisco federal court, Steven Heldt said 95 percent of Tata's 14,000-person U.S. workforce descend from South Asia, primarily India, and that the company violated federal civil rights law by intentionally favoring them in hiring, promotion and termination decisions.

Ben Trounson, a Tata spokesman, in an email said the Mumbai-based company "is confident that Mr. Heldt's allegations are baseless, and plans to vigorously defend itself."

Tata's market value is just over 5 trillion rupees (US$80 billion), Reuters data show. It separately reported fiscal fourth-quarter results on Thursday.

Heldt said he experienced "substantial anti-American sentiment" in his 20 months at Tata, including from a human resources manager who allegedly called Americans "selfish and demanding" and said "I don't like dealing with Americans."

Despite claiming to have been in the industry since 1996, Heldt said Tata saddled him with "menial" or no substantive work as it shuffled him between several jobs, ending with the Californian's firing in March 2014.

Heldt is seeking class-action status for Tata workers and job applicants in the United States since April 2011 who are not of South Asian race or from India, Bangladesh and Nepal. He seeks a halt to discrimination, and unspecified damages.

"The experience of Mr. Heldt is representative of what is happening across the country at Tata," his lawyer Daniel Kotchen said in a phone interview. "We believe it reflects a broad preference toward a specific race and national origin, and that any such preference violates U.S. anti-discrimination laws."

Trounson, the Tata spokesman, said the company bases employment decisions on "legitimate non-discriminatory business reasons," without regard to race or national origin.

The case is Heldt v Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 15-01696.

A bipartisan group of senators is seeking a federal investigation into alleged abuses in a popular visa program that has been linked to layoffs of U.S. workers in favor of cheaper foreign labor, the Los Angeles Times has learned.

Prompted by reports of massive layoffs at Southern California Edison Co. as the utility company outsources information technology jobs and other positions, the senators Thursday called on the Justice, Homeland Security and Labor departments to investigate the practice.



...In the letter, the senators wrote: "To add insult to injury, many of the replaced American employees report that they have been forced to train the foreign workers who are taking their jobs. This troubling practice seems to be particularly concentrated in the information technology (IT) sector, which is not surprising given that 65% percent of H-1B petitions approved in FY 2014 were for workers in computer-related occupations. Though such reports of H-1B-driven layoffs have been circulating for years, their frequency seems to have increased dramatically in the past year alone."



...The company told employees a year in advance that their positions might be eliminated as part of a move to outsource the information technology department to Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services, both based in India.

In a statement to Fusion, Southern California Edison, or SCE, said the move was part of “an effort to act as cost effectively and prudently as possible in operations for its customers,” citing the need to match services provided by competitors. 


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