Tribune to cut costs by outsourcing labor to India
June 5, 2016
The San Luis Obispo Tribune’s parent company, McClatchy, is hiring large numbers of workers through the federal H-1B program with plans to train foreigners to replace U.S. citizens who are currently performing skilled labor. [The Charlotte Observer]
Under the H-1B program, companies can bring foreign workers to the United States temporarily to perform jobs requiring highly skilled labor. While some employers claim it helps them fill jobs where there are not enough qualified U.S. citizens wanting to do the work, critics say the program is being used to replace Americans with foreign tech workers willing to work for less.
In the case of McClatchy, amid financial downfalls, the company has decided to outsource many of its tech jobs to a company based in India.
McClatchy is using the H-1B program to bring over foreign workers to be trained by current employees, many of whom will then lose their jobs to the trainees. McClatchy plans to layoff 121 tech employees across the United States after it outsources much of its technology work to India.