First it was the H1B software coolies that began screwing American workers (thanks to greedy U.S. corporations).
Now, the down-on-their-luck American workers are being bitch slapped by other things Indian.
The New York Times has an interesting article today on how Indian steel pipes are being used in an oil pipeline project in Granite City, Illinois even as a local steel plant remains closed for the last four months and 2,000 workers are out of work.
Here’s an excerpt from the NYT story:
Jeff Rains, a retired steel worker at the sprawling mill here, made the discovery. Out walking a month ago, he waited impatiently at a rail crossing while a freight train slowly passed, its flatbed cars stacked with steel pipes, each wide enough for a child to crawl through. Then he noticed â€œMade in Indiaâ€ stenciled on the pipes.
That observation has made him a Paul Revere in the eyes of many townspeople. Hundreds of sections of imported steel pipe have been moving into Granite City for use in an oil pipeline. The steel mill, meanwhile, has been shut since December for lack of orders â€” the first time in its 130-year history â€” and nearly 2,000 workers are on furlough.
â€œI was very mad when I saw they were imported; I wondered why this pipe had not been made in the United States,â€ said Mr. Rains, who is 61.