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Laid-off IT workers muzzled as H-1B debate heats up

Patrick Thibodeau | Jan. 29, 2016
In the office and in Congress, IT workers are fighting back -- often in silence.

But many IT workers hurt by offshore outsourcing have not been able to move on. 

Former employees at Disney, Edison and Eversource tell of financial strains, tapped retirement funds and an inability to find a job, or to find one that pays close to what they once made.

Workers will say, anecdotally, that they know of many former co-workers who are now struggling. The H-1B workers tend to be younger, and the displaced ones, older, they say.

"It's hard to start over at 50 when no one wants you," said one former Edison IT worker. That worker is still searching for a job.


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