Sacramento Bee purges American reporters while retaining lower-paid H-1b reporters

January 21, 2007

Dear Executive Editor and Reporters, Sacramento Bee

You have again run the same fraudulent job ad by Infinite Solutions that I alerted you to on December 25, 2006. But that is not why I am writing today.

On January 9, 2007 I revealed that you had applied for two H-1b staff reporters, paying them a wage of $45,500, and Rick Rodriquez personally claimed on the applications that the "prevailing wage" for staff reporters is $23,400.

Then last week we learn that the Bee has been offering buyouts to its senior staff reporters, and nine had accepted the buyouts. In this previous December 20, 2006 report, long-term Bee reporter Claire Cooper states that this is a "very sad time" for her. Regarding the departure of so many experienced writers, Executive Editor Rick Rodriquez said, "It doesn't affect me directly."

Do you dispute any of these claims?

This is what U.S. tech workers complain is happening across the U.S., including at local employers HP and Intel: Lower paid H-1b workers are brought in, learn the job tasks from American workers, then the skilled American workers are terminated. Then the corporations spend millions lobbying Congress for more H-1b workers - and these lobbyists in turn affect editorial content of major publications, like the Sacramento Bee.

(The Bee ran an Editorial in support of "company sponsorship of greencards" that are the cause of fake job ads.)

H-1b proponents deny that any such thing is happening. Rather they claim that Americans "failed to keep their skills up." (Did the nine reporters who left the Bee "fail to keep their skills up?") Proponents further claim that American workers are protected because, by law, employers must pay H-1b workers the "prevailing wage."

I'll ask again: Do any reporters at the Sacramento Bee believe that Rick's claimed prevailing wage of $23,400 is sufficient protection from displacement by lower-paid H-1b workers?

BTW: None of the programmers who responded to the HP Fake Job Ad that your ran December 10, 2006 have been contacted by HP. Some, such as myself, have prior HP experience, strong internal references, and would clearly be qualified. But again, HP was not really seeking to hire anyone - the ads are a ruse.

HP running fraudulent job ads is a bigger scandal than pretexting. So why don't you investigate and report it?


Mr. Kim Berry

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