Minnesota's workforce needs

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 31, 2013 - 7:26 PM

Immigration has been in Minnesota's favor, but other trends are not.

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wowzerdudeJul. 31, 13 8:57 PM

Baloney! If the nation is moving into a period of relative talent scarcity why are there millions of talented US Citizens sitting idle and unemployed? If talent really is the barrier then why does the US Congress keep flooding the US labor market with low skill workers instead of working with the private sector in creating education programs to enhance the skills of unemployed Americans? This is just another American Media attempt to get low information people to think the continued flooding of the US labor market is somehow good for working class Americans.

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RankenFyleJul. 31, 13 9:55 PM

An article earlier in the week examined similar issues that companies have encountered in hiring for the IT sector. The vast majority of comments seemed to support the premise that it was not a lack of talent, but the inability of hiring personnel to understand the type of talent they needed. Don't think for a minute that issue is endemic to the IT industry! Too often Human Resources departments have fallen prey to their own metric standards and can't see beyond the liberal arts backgrounds, the experienced but older worker, the employee with a history of seemingly diverse jobs. All of these people bring a broader view and greater resilience to many job opportunities, as well as a keen sense of creative problem solving, that you can not find in your typical candidate who fits the cookie cutter of so many job descriptions. These are the very people who, like a breath of fresh air, can infuse a company with energy, ideas and a new found "can do" attitude. You want young talent? Let them learn in the shadows of the generalists!

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swallowgumAug. 1, 1311:04 AM

Baloney! Minnesota ranked 16th-highest in the volume of H-1B visas ...That suggests that the state’s employers need talent that is not otherwise available locally. -- These employers have figured out how to skirt the legal requirements and import cheap foreign labor. Ask any IT person that has been forced to train a H1-B employee just weeks before that IT person was laid off. Flooding the US labor market with cheap foreign labor is not good for working class Americans.

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regionguyAug. 1, 1311:10 AM

I agree with at least some of this editorial, but the last point is incredibly uninformed and naïve. The large number of H1-B visas has at least as much to do with importing non-citizen IT workers who will work for less and have much less freedom to move between jobs. It is no coincidence that most of the companies who historically applied for these visas were focused on outsourcing.

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bottomracerAug. 1, 1311:31 AM

Another article by the STRIB trying to soften up the local populace resistance into blindly accepting the H1B visa increase that was passed by the US Senate immigration bill from 60,000 per year to 180,000 per year. Don't be fooled....this bill is more than just a pathway to citizenship for 12Million. It is also the legalized continued flooding of the US Labor force into an America with too few jobs to keep existing Americans employed.

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dhenkelsAug. 1, 13 3:25 PM

So, here is the moral of the story. If there weren't visas being given hand over fist to outside the country to bring in cheaper people, the businesses would be forced to pay more or offer other incentives to keep people. Competition for scares number of workers is a good thing for the workers. It's in times like that that the middle class grows because they can demand more for their skills. Bringing in people to do it for cheaper nd have less mobility is exactly against what is best for the MN working class.

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gandalf48Aug. 2, 13 1:16 PM

How about high school reform to give students some skills (or at least an introduction to the skills) for the jobs of today and tomorrow. There are literally hundreds of high schools in Minnesota that have no computer programming courses available for students to explore and begin to view computer science as a career/college major.

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vlombardyAug. 5, 1310:07 PM

1% of the people own over 60% of all business in the US, and the top 10% own 85% of business equity, stocks, bonds, financial securities, trusts, and non-home real estate. These people, who essentially own the country, know that lowering wages makes money for themselves. This is a problem for the bottom 80 or 90% of Americans.

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