Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Trump fires TVA board chair
President Donald Trump on Monday fired the TVA board chair, Skip Thompson criticizing the agency for hiring foreign workers. Trump told reporters at the White House that he was formally removing Thompson and he threatened to remove other board members if they continued to hire foreign labor. The president said the authority was replacing many of its in-house technology workers with contractors who rely heavily on foreign workers under the H1-B visa program for highly skilled workers. The order came after TVA’s announcement that it would outsource 20% of its technology jobs to companies based in foreign countries. The action could cause more than 200 highly skilled American tech workers in Tennessee to lose their jobs, according to the White House. In response to the firing, TVA issued a statement saying, “We understand and support today’s Executive Order. We want to ensure that U.S. employees have good opportunities through our employment and supply chain practices. The statement says all TVA employees are U.S. based citizens. All jobs related to TVA’s Information Technology department must be performed in the U.S. by individuals who legally work in this country. The statement says that TVA’s mission and operations are driven by the TVA Act. The congressional statute mandates providing reliable energy at the lowest reasonable cost; managing natural resources responsibly; and promoting economic development. Thompson was appointed to the post by Trump, and he is an Alabama banker who's term was to have expired in May of next year.

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