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60 MINUTES [UPDATED]
Air Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time Slot: 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: "TBA"
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AUTHOR OF H-1B VISA BILL "OUTRAGED" OVER CORPORATIONS "HIJACKING" IT TO OUTSOURCE AMERICAN JOBS AND LOWER LABOR COSTS - "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY

Displaced American Workers Silently Protest

Former Rep. Bruce Morrison authored the H-1B visa bill in 1990 to allow American corporations to recruit the best foreign talent for emerging engineering and scientific jobs. But now Morrison says he is outraged by the way companies are abusing loopholes to outsource jobs to low-cost foreigners - and sometimes even pressuring the displaced American workers to train their replacements. Morrison talks to Bill Whitaker for a report on the H-1B visa program to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, March 19 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Originally intended to help fill gaps in the high tech workforce with highly skilled employees in situations where there aren't enough Americans, the congressional framers of H-1B promised to protect U.S. jobs. Yet today nearly every Silicon Valley tech company has brought in foreigners on H-1B visas and argues they can still use more because there are not enough Americans to fill those jobs. Morrison is mad. "There are a lot of qualified American workers, but companies will do better financially if they hire the foreigner worker," he tells Whitaker. "I'm outraged. The H-1B has been hijacked as the main highway to bring people from abroad and displace American workers."

One loophole H-1B companies are taking advantage of allows them to outsource jobs without even looking for Americans, if those jobs pay approximately $60,000 or higher. Many high-tech jobs typically pay double that. Saving money on labor was never the bill's intent. Says Morrison, "It's really a travesty that should never have been allowed to happen."

Adding insult to this travesty is the practice of pressuring displaced employees to train their replacements, usually through a modest financial incentive. The practice was called "knowledge transfer" at Northeast Utilities, says Craig Diangelo, who along with some of his colleagues at the company were let go. He says they were replaced with Indian workers being paid half his salary with no benefits. "I didn't get laid off for lack of work, I got laid off because somebody cheaper could do my job," says Diangelo. Watch the excerpt.

Diangelo and his fellow workers were also financially incentivized to remain at Northeast Utilities, now called Eversource, to train their replacements. During the process, he and his fellow staffers placed small American flags outside their offices as a quiet protest. A flag came down as each worker left the company after training a replacement. Diangelo's flag came down last. "I went in and took the last picture. There were no more flags left," he tells Whitaker. "You have a queasiness in your stomach... and you're saying, 'This can't be possible. This didn't happen.'"

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60 MINUTES (CBS)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/24/68 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (spring 2017)
TIME SLOT:
sundays from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
49 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2017-18 season (the show's 50th) on 3/23/16
DESCRIPTION:
(from CBS's press release, March 2017) CBS today announced early renewals of 18 returning series for the 2017-2018 season, displaying the programming depth and stability of America's Most Watched Network. Additional returning series pick-ups for next season will be announced at a later date. The shows renewed to date include 6 comedies, 9 dramas, 1 reality series, 2 newsmagazines and a roster of hit programs across every night of the week. They also include the #1 scripted program/comedy THE BIG BANG THEORY; the #1 drama NCIS; the #1 new series BULL; the #1 new comedy KEVIN CAN WAIT; and the #1 newsmagazine 60 MINUTES. In addition, 5 freshman shows are part of the Network's early renewals, including BULL, KEVIN CAN WAIT, MACGYVER, MAN WITH A PLAN and SUPERIOR DONUTS. Following are the renewed series to date for the 2017-2018 season: THE BIG BANG THEORY, BLUE BLOODS, BULL, HAWAII FIVE-0, KEVIN CAN WAIT, LIFE IN PIECES, MACGYVER, MADAM SECRETARY, MAN WITH A PLAN, MOM, NCIS, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, SCORPION, SUPERIOR DONUTS, SURVIVOR, 48 HOURS and 60 MINUTES. CBS will finish the current season as America's Most Watched Network for the 14th time in 15 years. The Network will announce its new fall 2017-2018 schedule on Wednesday, May 17 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
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GENRE(S):
· newsmagazine
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· CBS News