California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Joint ResolutionNo. 12


Introduced by Assembly Members Eduardo Garcia, Brown, and Roger Hernández

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Chiu, Cristina Garcia, Gonzalez, and Rendon)

March 24, 2015


Assembly Joint Resolution No. 12—Relative to the H-1B Visa program.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AJR 12, as introduced, Eduardo Garcia. H-1B Visa program: Southern California Edison Company.

This measure would urge the United States Department of Labor and the Congress of the United States to investigate alleged misuse of the H1-B Visa program by Southern California Edison Company.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, The H-1B Visa program allows businesses to
2temporarily hire highly skilled foreign workers with specialized
3knowledge where a qualified United States worker cannot be found;
4and

5WHEREAS, The H-1B Visa program was never intended to be
6used as a catalyst for lying off United State’s workers and replacing
7them with H-1B workers; and

8WHEREAS, The granting of H-1B Visas should never result in
9the creation of a virtual pipeline for outsourcing United States
10workforce jobs; and

P2    1WHEREAS, California’s average unemployment rate in January
22015 was 6.9 percent with Imperial County’s unemployment rate
3being 20.6 percent; and

4WHEREAS, Southern California Edison Company is reported
5to be misusing the federal H-1B Visa program to replace 400
6California workers; and

7WHEREAS, Southern California Edison Company has admitted
8that these laid-off workers are being replaced by overseas
9consulting services; and

10WHEREAS, Senate Bill No. 477 (Chapter 711 of the Statutes
11of 2014) seeks to end the exploitation of foreign, temporary,
12nonimmigrant workers brought to California under various federal
13work visa programs; and

14WHEREAS, Displaced American workers are being exploited
15through the misapplication of the H-1B Visa program; now,
16therefore, be it

17Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of
18California, jointly,
That the Legislature respectfully urge the United
19States Department of Labor and the Congress of the United States
20to investigate this alleged misuse of the H1-B Visa program by
21Southern California Edison Company; and be it further

22Resolved, That Southern California Edison Company is urged
23to discontinue the practice of replacing California employees with
24foreign workers under this, or any other, program; and be it further

25Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
26of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United
27States, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minority
28Leader of the House of Representatives, the Majority Leader of
29the Senate, the Minority Leader of the Senate, and each Senator
30and Representative from California in the Congress of the United
31States.



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