Posted Wednesday, January 20, 2016 9:52 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The ad claims the theme park is exploiting an immigration loophole and laying off local employees in the process. The ad is paid for by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR. The report says that since 2007, FAIR has been listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, for its ties to white supremacist groups.
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It's like there might be a problem with xenophobia in our country or something.
I had some of my best experiences growing up working with the seasonal exchange student/workers at Great America. I remember one of our friends from Beligium asked us how American beer was like making love in a canoe....it's f-ing close to water. :)
We had a really nice conversation with a gal from Lima, Peru Sunday night at the Magic Kingdom. She was there on a 3 month exchange program and she was so excited. Her job was simply to be a parade host...making sure people were staying off the street and getting non-parade watchers around the crowds.
She shared that she loved parades and it was a fluke that she was assigned to that particular job. It isn't the most glamorous job there, by far, but she was absolutely thrilled. It go me wondering how many American kids would be satisfied, let alone thrilled, with that position.
There are tons of jobs that Disney simply can't get people to work....so they turn to internationals. The entire laundry facility is made up of a majority of Puerto Ricans. Is that so bad if Americans won't do the job anyway?
In this case, there's noise because it's well-off white men losing their jobs. As I've said before, Disney isn't lying when they say their overall headcount, locally, is on the rise, but the IT jobs in the general category I would describe as "server monkey work" is going away, and it's not coming back. It's interesting, because as much as there is a ton of growth in certain computer-related work, there is a small parallel to the economy at large, where certain jobs have become obsolete or cheaper to off-shore, while new jobs in new areas continue to grow. I think retraining and ongoing education are our biggest problems right now.
It should be interesting to see how Disney fares with the whole off-shoring thing. I worked in software development for over twenty years before getting into Information Security and have never seen an instance where off-shoring was a success. The last company I consulted for used it quite a bit and kept going to that well only to get burned time and again. I think what Jeff alluded, to, the Server Monkey(TM) work, is more suited for the offshoring, but more technical jobs are going to end up coming back here.
Agreed, and anecdotally, I think that's what's going on. Off-shoring actual software development does tend to be a trainwreck, and I've yet to see it go well with any non-trivial project. I've consulted for the cleanup effort more than once. But yeah, people installing patches and turning on routers and such... that's not really high skill work anymore, or at the very least, the supply/demand curve leans very heavily for the buyer of that work.
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