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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. senator has asked Microsoft Corp about its plans to slash up to 5,000 jobs, urging the world's biggest software company to preserve the jobs of Americans ahead of foreigners working on visas.

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"I am concerned that Microsoft will be retaining foreign guest workers rather than similarly qualified American employees when it implements its layoff plan," Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said in a January 22 letter.

Microsoft shocked investors on Thursday when it released quarterly results that missed Wall Street expectations, announced up to 5,000 layoffs and said it would no longer give forecasts for the rest of the fiscal year.

The company has been a champion of expanding the H-1B visa program, a temporary visa program that lets American companies and universities hire foreign workers in a category considered by the government to be a "specialty occupation."

Microsoft said late Friday that some of the people who lose their jobs would likely be non-Americans.

"We care about all our employees, so we are providing services and support to try to help every affected worker, whether they are U.S. workers or foreign nationals working in this country on a visa," a Microsoft spokesperson said in an e-mail statement.

Microsoft employs thousands of workers through the visa program, according to Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.

The letter asked Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer to provide a breakdown of the jobs to be eliminated, and how many of those are individuals with H-1B visas and how many are Americans. Grassley also wants to know what the breakdown will be when the layoffs are complete.

"Microsoft has a moral obligation to protect these American workers by putting them first during these difficult economic times," Grassley said in the letter, copies of which were provided by his office on Friday.

(Reporting by Kim Dixon; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)

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Have You Compared?

How is one to blame Microsoft.

American trained workers work half the hours and expect 3 times the pay.  The work ethic simply does not exist anymore.

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Post time 2009-1-26 15:03:26 |Display all floors
check out the negros working in the INS .... their sense of entitlement and abuse of foreigners...

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Post time 2009-1-26 17:08:28 |Display all floors
Lenovo in it's job cuts is keeping all it's Chinese workforce and cutting it's foreign workforce.

This kind of pressure is usual for any country.

To suggest otherwise is simply childish.

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Don't harmonize me

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