Tuesday, March 12, 2013

WHY is this happening?

A student from Argentina said he was “exploited” by a work-study program at a McDonald’s franchise in Pennsylvania.

Jorge Rios, 27, came to the United States in December 2012. As part of a J-1 summer work travel program with a student work visa from the U.S. State Department, Rios said he was not paid overtime and had to be on call at all times of the day as an employee at a McDonald’s near Harrisburg, Pa.

He and about 17 other foreign students say they paid around $3,000 to $4,000 for visa costs, plane tickets and other expenses.

The State Department does not charge fees for people to participate in the summer work travel program, which requires jobs to be seasonal or temporary. Instead, private companies charge fees to help bring students to the U.S. as in this case.

In the U.S. last summer, there were 73,808 people who participated in the summer work travel program, which has the goal of providing an American cultural experience to foreign students.

During the winter months, there were 8,215 program participants like Rios. In this cycle, the State 
Department conducted 226 site visits in 24 states so far.

Rios started a petition in partnership with the National Guestworker Alliance, asking Don Thompson, McDonald’s Corporation’s president and CEO, for overtime pay and to sign an agreement with the alliance to guarantee “basic labor standards” for guest workers like him.

Rios and 14 other visiting workers have staged protests at McDonald’s in Pennsylvania and plan to stage a protest in New York City this week. The scheduled hours for the workers varied widely from week to week, from a few hours to 45 or 60 hours a week without overtime, they said.

“We expected to have 40 hours of work a week, but we were given as little as four hours a week at the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour,” Rios said in the petition. “The employer knew we were desperate for more hours, and he kept us on call to come in with 30 minutes’ notice all day and night. I didn’t even have time to visit the public library.”

The franchise owner did not return a request for comment.“

As many as eight of us lived in a single basement. We slept on bunk beds made for children that shook and squeaked. We had no privacy whatsoever,” he said.
I have no problem with Mr. Rios, he did what most of us do, try to better himself through hard work and schooling.

I have a problem with OUR State Department running a program that literally takes jobs from Americans and presents them to non-citizens!  I'll even go so far as to say that I understand the McDonald's owner, he's a greedy, underhanded, slave driving, thug, who should be arrested and sent before a judge.  This kind of crap can't be allowed among law abiding citizens.

But why, when 20% to 30% of teens and college students can't find a JOB, are they working at giving away 75K jobs, to foreigners?!  I know it's stupid of me to 'think' about such things, but why didn't someone slide a line or two into this plan, that would put it on hold, when OUR unemployment rate goes over 7% or 9% or some preset amount?

It's just one more instance of our elected worms being so shortsighted that they think TODAY is the status quo.  It was most likely written when jobs were falling off trees with no one to fill them.  But, even small children know it's going to rain again, someday.


Spider said...

If this statement doesn't scare the shit out of you, then nothing will.


Anonymous said...

$7.25 an hour?

I'd say thats $7.20 too much

Anonymous said...

Well, the American people are allowing their country to become an international public toilet. What else would you expect.

FiFi Lamar said...

Wow, then we could be like France.

and I could stop bathing and nobody'd care!!!!!

Boner Jous!

Niggs Bozo said...

Hey Boner Juice- French stink raises greenhouse gasses leading to global warming