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I'm all for promoting women in finance, or any other field for that matter, but why does everyone believe that home/family concerns tug harder on women than on men ("What Women Want," June)? The issue with that assumption, as I see it, is that while a woman can leave the workforce to care for home/family issues — and be lauded for it — a man making the same choice will be a social and business outcast. Women at least have the choice.
A Response to Hiring Criticism
I would like to respond to the letter by Name Withheld in Richmond, Virginia ("More Thoughts on Immigrant Workers," Letters, June), about corporations hiring and training workers based in the United States. The writer wanted to know if "Ingersoll Rand and its fellow heavy industrial manufacturers sponsor trade-education programs for U.S. citizens in order to create a skilled workforce for these positions." The writer went on to explain that "I see no shortage of other tradespeople, such as plumbers...carpenters, and so on. I think the companies' bottom lines and 'stockholder satisfaction' are of more interest to these companies and their stockholders than creating jobs for our citizens."
Ingersoll Rand focuses considerable time and investment on promoting the skills and professional development of our employees. We have training centers at many of our manufacturing facilities, and collaborate with colleges and vocational technical schools to shape some of our employee-education programs. In addition, we offer tuition reimbursement for employees pursuing college degrees relevant to their career with the company, including offering a fully accredited MBA program with Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.
In an effort to recruit qualified U.S. veterans, we have referred representatives from the Veteran's Administration Placement Office to the job listings on our corporate Website as well as directly to the human-resources staff at those Ingersoll Rand facilities experiencing shortages of welders.
I would also like to point out that each H-1B petition includes a $1,500 training fee as part of the application. This fee is deposited into a government fund for training U.S. workers. In this way, with each foreign national we sponsor, U.S. businesses help contribute to training U.S. workers.