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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Subject: Durbin Calls Abbott Labs' IT Layoffs 'Harsh and Insensitive’

Abbott Labs, a global healthcare company, is laying off about 180 IT employees after signing an agreement with Wipro, a major India-based IT services firm, to take over some IT services. The employees were told about the planned cuts on Feb. 22; their last day will be April 22.

The workers are expecting to train their replacements, possibly workers on H-1B and other temporary visas.

Abbott is based in Illinois, which is also the home of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat who has been a longtime advocate for H-1B reforms and a co-sponsor of legislation with another visa reformer, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

In a letter Monday to Abbott CEO Miles White, Durbin implored him "to reconsider this plan and retain these U.S. workers."

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Anonymous said...

180 more votes for Trump.

Anonymous said...

H-1B visas don't benefit the American people AT ALL. They're just more elitest establishment influence on Congress to further their greed and nefarious agenda. ALL of this anti-American policy needs to be exorcised from our laws, statutes and codes.

Anonymous said...

The H1B program (along with some other labor laws) specifically prohibits this type of activity. The company should be hit with a Class-Action brought by the government for the displaced workers through the labor department.

Problem is the current lawless administration is catering to foreigners for their votes!

Anonymous said...

Hold on guys, if we get Trump in you stand a chance by filing a lawsuit. If Hillary wins, forget it!