One of the largest cruise ship companies operating in the US is not on board with the president elect regarding keeping jobs at home.
A damning report shows Carnival Corporation firing US employees and exporting hundreds of jobs to foreign workers next year.
US workers say the company sank all prospects of a happy New Year when it announced the job exports before Christmas.
Current employees are being fired, according to Breitbart, and must train their low-wage foreign replacements.
“I am still processing my emotions and my disbelief,” said Matthew Culver, a senior Miami-based IT worker with Carnival.
After 20 years in the industry, this is one of the hardest things I have had to deal with. I never thought this could happen to me after so many years of experience, education, and hard work.
The devastated worker added that employees were informed Dec. 6 that 200 to 300 jobs were being terminated. Those fired were offered jobs with an outsourcing company named Capgemini with no guarantee of any future.
They must train foreign replacement workers and work with the outsourcing company in its goal of offshoring the jobs.
Workers are being forced to decide on the offer by Dec. 19 – the same day as the Electoral College meets to confirm President-elect Donald Trump.
While Carnival denies the workers’ allegations, the anti-American worker business model of outsourcing US jobs to imported foreign labor has grown in recent years. The salary-slashing business model is made possible by federal cheap-labor outsourcing programs, which are strongly supported by Wall Street because they convert suburban white-collar salaries into investors’ capital gains.
Companies in the United States now employ roughly 1 million white-collar temporary foreign “guest workers.” That total includes at least 650,000 lower-wage graduates on H-1B visas.
This is not the jobs future Trump has promised.
In March, then-GOP candidate Trump promised to protect Americans from guest worker programs:
I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program.
He posted a message on his web site declaring there will be, “No exceptions,” and it will be part of his first 100 days in office.
I will direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.
Carnival has made headlines with its sketchy business operations, according to Breitbart.
“Princess Cruise line was just in the news for illegally dumping oil in the ocean. I guess it should not be surprising that such a company would also dump their American workers for cheap foreign labor,” said attorney Sara Blackwell, whose organization, Protect US Workers, represents high-skilled American workers replaced by low-wage foreign workers.
A CNN report from January documented how Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2013 Gang of Eight bill, which would have substantially increased the importation of foreign workers, included provisions that would, in particular, benefit cruise line operations.
The report noted that Rubio’s chief negotiator for the bill was a corporate attorney who previously represented Carnival Corporation. According to Open Secrets, Carnival Corp was one of the top 50 contributors to Rubio’s campaign committee between 2009 and 2014.
Forcing reform to stop importing of low-wage foreign workers could be the flagship of Trump’s success.
If he falters, it could be the albatross that sinks his legacy from the start.
There will be no exceptions – he must succeed.