January 2, 2007, - 2:23 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
College Hockey Coach. Yes, that’s the latest of the “jobs Americans just won’t do.”
I’m sure there are a lot of American hockey coaches (I know some) who’d beg to differ.
But that’s the case at college hockey powerhouse, the University of Alaska-Anchorage (UAA). Their coach, Dave Shyiak, a Canadian, has the job, but he’s not a U.S. citizen.
So, like most jobs held by foreigners here on temporary work permits for special talents–H-1B Specialty/Professional Workers Visas–UAA must prove it cannot find anyone qualified Americans who will do the job at the hours and wages specified. To do so–like all other H-1B employers in America, who simply don’t want to hire an American at competitive market wages and conditions–UAA places a phony newspaper ad looking for candidates for the job who are American citizens or legal residents.
But no-one–much less no American–submitting his resume will get a try-out or audition coaching men’s hockey at UAA. It’s a joke.
The story is a great example of how you can learn a lot about what’s going on in America from the sports pages.
While we don’t have a huge problem with Canadians getting college hockey posts in Alaska, that’s not the point. The point is that there are always aliens filling jobs here that could be taken by Americans–there is no shortage of hungry American hockey coaches who’d love to coach at UAA.
But, instead, employers put out these phony ads–you see them every Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal–setting phony hours (“40 hours per week, 9-5″) and fake conditions with good pay. Tons of people–tons of AMERICANS–apply for the jobs. But they are never chosen. The ads are a formality. Just plain phony–to abide by the law–and show that there are no “qualified” Americans for the job (when there are plenty).
The hockey position is one thing. But there are plenty of other jobs in other industries that unemployed Americans would love to fill. But can’t. Because no-one is looking at their resumes in response to those phony ads. And no-one is hiring them.
Instead, they’re bringing in foreign labor, claiming they can’t find the “qualified” workers here . . . when that’s usually a lie. It’s one of the areas of “legal” immigration that must be curtailed.
Hockey coach . . . one of the many jobs “Americans won’t do.” Right.
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