Three tech advocacy groups, Bright Future Jobs, Programmers Guild, and Washtech announced today a professional labor boycott against Manpower, IBM and Infosys stemming from a pattern and practice of excluding U.S. workers from job openings on U.S soil. Indian tech advocacy group NOSTOPS is supporting.  The boycott will continue until these companies demonstrate employment practices that follow EEO laws prohibiting race, gender, age and national origin discrimination.
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  • commented 2014-08-15 01:03:50 -0500 · Flag
    Saying someone “you are not eligible for the job just on the base of gender” , race and region is the pathetic way to judging someone personality. A fair competition for new jobs must use other parameters like, capabilities, jobs experience and the schools from where candidates got the degree or certification. http://medical-assistant-salary.net/ completely supporting such activities and the non profit organizations who are working to make society free from such bad things.
  • commented 2014-07-28 16:21:36 -0500
    Dump Apple.
    The Times of India today brags that one third of Apple engineers are H1b Indians. Please visit Apple.com, find a product comment page and tell them why your next computer will NOT be Apple. Gert your friends to do so, too.
  • commented 2014-07-26 17:34:35 -0500
    People interested in the SF, offshoring, and border politics will want to check out the trailer on this page. Offshoring physical labor and war to Mexico via the internet and robotic telepresence. http://www.downtownindependent.com/events/sleep-dealer-2008-re-release
  • commented 2014-07-22 20:29:49 -0500
  • commented 2014-07-22 14:12:59 -0500
    May I raise a fourth innovation to our approach to improving equality that will help.

    The boss is always going to try to shave another nickle, that is thinking as old as jobs themselves. But the gatekeepers in tech by and large are not the corporations but the recruiters, and truth be told too many of them don’t C# from sea-bass.

    I cannot count the times I have gone in interviews with my gets the job done skills, only to find out what they want is not someone who understand OOP and can write connective tissue iOS code in Objective-C & C++, but someone who has hardcore code to the metal multi-threaded SIP programs on iOS, Android, WindowsMobile and BlackBerry, with a Linux back-end API written from scratch in Russian for good measure.

    We call what they seek a unicorn, recruiters call them purple squirrels.

    Who stands a better chance of acing the interview, a recent graduate from Hyderabad or a coder who makes a living writing in 10 different languages over the course of a year? Now I know my limitations, one of them is specialization in UI glue and the other is spinal surgery, so I am very upfront about what I’ve done & what I can physically do at age 59. Like it or no, software is a young person’s game. Did I say game? I haven’t intentionally applied at a game company for more than a decade. Of course now that Unreal and CryEngine live in the cloud together and their full suite of tools are available for just $25 a month combined I may be the need to rethink what is possible in that space.

    Years ago my military background and broad experience with the concepts of OOP programming would have made me an excellent candidate for re-training, but employers have eliminated the concept of general knowledge. Given the state of the economy, sifting through 500 people while you wait for the one of ten people in the entire country who already have the exact laundry list already checked off makes sense even when that laundry list itself make none.

    And don’t get me started on what happens to everyone once IBM, Oracle, Apple, and Lenovo unleash cloud based Watson-level bots with access to every line of code ever written for every computer configuration & language ever made all attached to near infinite storage. In addition to fighting for fairness now, we need to start preparing for the next wave, the “internet of things”, complex systems attached to simple sensors that will have most of the code produced by machines, machines that only stop to produce human readable output to accommodate their much slower biological handlers.

    Let’s not gear up to fight the last war, let’s prepare for the next one.

    Winter as they say is coming.
  • commented 2014-07-22 12:21:56 -0500
    Three ways to take an innovative approach to the effort if I may.

    Work the new media outlets like Pando/Valleywag, Huffington Post and others.

    They already skewer the ridiculous frat boys who get $30 million dollar investments in vaporware, and even when diversity is nil in their own operations, they regularly move national media to cover the subject of the blatant misogyny displayed by VC’s and their offspring. They will never be pro union, but they are definitely anti-dillweed if only for page views. The alternative press is a natural ally, but like all news operations they are short staffed. Hand them a story with verifiable facts and you will see results.

    Second, the Indian guy (mostly) sitting next to me is getting screwed too, especially the seat warmers who have to kill time during the regular work day and then put in another 4 – 6 hours with the crew back in India doing the actual work. They are under the gun to take whatever abuse is handed out else right back to India they go. I was the producer of a popular Bhangra show in the Bay Area and working with the crew I know no one wants to become a citizen more than them.

    A true non-exploitative path to citizenship would bring a lot of them to supporting what you are trying to do. It can’t be easy to have to live up to the hype of genius programmers who are Einstein compared to your best American programmer. But it’s no secret that there are xenophobes we really don’t want on our side, it’s management on both sides of the ocean who are the problem not some programmer who is just trying to make a living.

    Third, as a disabled vet one of the most powerful weapons in this debate is how the firms using this exploit ignore the smart, disciplined and very highly trained technological workforce the military has become. How does trash like ‘Yo’ score millions and not a single space in SV or downtown San Francisco is dedicated to funneling wounded vets into tech?

    I’m new to the work you are doing, but I am glad to see you are out there.
  • commented 2014-07-18 22:24:16 -0500
    Now is the time to stand up for American workers… Senator Jeff Sessions is with us (as well as Senator Grassley):

    The following is from Senator Jeff Sessions (Alabama) speech on the Senate floor, today 7/18/2014….

    Senator Sessions Remarks On Tech Layoffs And How The H-1B Visa Displaces American Workers:
    http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/news-releases?ID=58a0e039-7401-4ed1-a276-98e0c642cd9a

    Senator Sessions references the Bright Future Jobs article in the AP News:
    “This is another Associated Press article: ‘Backlash Stirs in US Against Foreign Worker Visas.’
    ‘But amid calls for expanding the so-called H-1B visa program, there is a growing pushback from Americans who argue that the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. workers—or keep them from being hired in the first place.’ "

    Senator Sessions goes on to say (among other things):
    “I feel a deep duty to the millions of Alabamians I represent and the whole country, and I do my best every day to ask what is in their interests…"
    “I know who I represent. I represent the citizens of the United States of America, and I am trying to do what is in their best interest.”
  • commented 2014-07-10 13:47:59 -0500
    Many comments from tech pros below discuss scams. Here’s Marketplace Radio explains the “bait & switch”: http://tinyurl.com/lkc36jf
    Vocative explains the resume fraud: http://tinyurl.com/pugdsgz
    My report explains further: http://tinyurl.com/ngjpz76
  • commented 2014-07-10 01:13:00 -0500 · Flag
    My manager and I interviewed an Indian contractor on the phone. He answered all the technical questions and we brought him in. Then we noticed this guy is not the same person who was on the phone. All week he just stared at the monitor for us to help him. We immediately let him go.

    Please sign this petition, which will go to the White House.

    Decrease the Cap number of H-1B Visa, helping middle class & recent college grads land jobs.
    Below is the link…
    http://wh.gov/lFEbK
  • commented 2014-07-09 23:49:40 -0500
    Now if that’s true about that Indian fraud scheme, I work in IT so I am sure it’s true. And what comes with that is these ridiculous stories about different person showing up at the job site.
  • commented 2014-07-09 23:21:01 -0500
    Dark secrets:
    When I started as a contractor back in 1999, all the recruiters were Americans. Now they are predominantly Indians.

    I have developed rapport with a Unisys recruiter based in Bangalore. He admits that a common practice there is to foist unqualified workers on American companies: workers with false degrees or wildly inflated resumes or both. His Indian fellows keep the guy in the job, cover for his inadequacies and train him up to speed.
    Write and call your representatives.
  • commented 2014-07-09 12:45:38 -0500 · Flag
    I created a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama which says:

    “The Information Technology workers of America are losing jobs due to Out Sourcing and H1B Influx. Our workers cannot compete on wages and their lives are in ruin.”

    Will you sign my petition? Click here to add your name:

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-america-information?source=c.fwd&r_by=6698701
  • commented 2014-07-09 12:00:58 -0500
    Getting your House rep’s ear:

    Lesson One: Getting heard
    Learn about your House rep from her website. Review her or his voting record. Write often to compliment or admonish the office holder on their performance. Every time you write, call the local office. Build up a rapport with staff. Be nice.

    Also when you call, or write be sure to report your group affiliation. Campaign contributions are nice, but votes get these folk reelected. Imply or report that you can deliver votes (for free!). Elections are won on small margins, if you can convince your rep that you can provide that margin, you will have that’ rep’s ear..

    Lesson Two: Politicking
    It is easier to get an anti-H1b ordnance passed at the city and county level than at the state and federal.

    Does your city and county have a policy? (NY City does) Is it enforced? Find out. Start working at that level, too. Identify your local councilors. Get them to propose such an ordnance. Go to council meetings. and speak in support of the ordnance. Bring your friends.
  • commented 2014-07-08 09:13:13 -0500
    Jeremy Locke: Let’s have a chat. How can I get a hold of you?
  • commented 2014-07-07 22:17:50 -0500
    The petition was just created yesterday. Please share to everyone that is affected. Hopefully the momentum will get going. Thanks Richard!
  • commented 2014-07-07 20:56:28 -0500
    Gary. I signed. Only 3 people have signed as of now. Ouch!
  • commented 2014-07-07 20:53:43 -0500
    5 things to know about H-1B visa program. Ironically from the Times of India.
    http://tinyurl.com/mgjy2e8
  • commented 2014-07-07 19:53:53 -0500
    Please sign this petition, which will go to the White House, if we get enough signatures, and share with others to sign…
    Decrease the Cap number of H-1B Visa, helping middle class & recent college grads land jobs.
    Below is the link…
    http://wh.gov/lFEbK
  • commented 2014-07-07 18:35:08 -0500
    Interesting NPR radio show “Planet Money” which has an interesting twist on salaries. http://tinyurl.com/oroaguf .
  • commented 2014-07-07 18:13:21 -0500
    Contact your congress people. Calling is best. Find yours at http://www.usa.gov/Agencies.shtml#Elected_Officials .
  • commented 2014-07-07 14:42:07 -0500
    We must tell our lawmakers to force companies to first consider all American workers those who have been unemployed irrespective their age. The companies should be given tax credit if they hire unemployed Americans, especially those Americans who are long term unemployed (6+ months) and are in their late 40s, 50s or early 60s.

    We need to create an urgent awareness among people that there are more than 3 million Americans without jobs for more than 6 months.
  • commented 2014-07-07 14:29:06 -0500 · Flag
    There is a clear age discrimination in jobs these days. There are currently more than 3 million Americans who have been unemployed for more than 6 months. We do not need H1 visa right now as we have many American college graduates, experience workers that are willing, able, and ready to work for the wages that the employers would provide. The companies must first consider American workers for all jobs irrespective of applicants age and experience. American are ready and willing to work for a salary that the company will provide. So, I challenge the companies to first hire all American qualified workers who are waiting to get a job for a long- long time. It is absolutely ridiculous to say that the companies can not find qualified Americans for any job when so many Americans are looking for a job.
  • commented 2014-07-07 10:47:42 -0500
    Please do join the boycott of Infosys, IBM and Manpower. My hat is off to BFJ’s for getting me involved in this issue. I’m calling my reps in congress and asking them hard questions regarding the H-1B and asking where they stand on this issue. We must take a stand. Get involved!
  • commented 2014-07-07 02:42:29 -0500
    post the link to http://www.whitehouse.gov and add a comment.
  • commented 2014-07-06 13:57:39 -0500
    The government has sold out to India. The complaint there is a shortage of qualified US candidates it’s not true. AND this ludicrous claim of 3-6 years on Java or ETL for entry level positions is ass backwards. That’s why when you go to college and get a CS degree you inherently already have 3 years of Java or whatever it is. It’s an unnecessary restriction on a job that doesn’t require anything but somebody who wants to learn.
  • commented 2014-06-25 02:19:17 -0500
    Maybe relax the qualifications, or raise the wages, or have some kind of guarantees that the temp contract won’t leave them unemployed in a few months. The one ad I saw via Twitter had a pretty specific list of qualifications, with 5+ years of experience, and a contract rate of $40 to $45 an hour.
  • commented 2014-06-24 09:15:17 -0500 · Flag
    I have been reading these posts and articles and need some advice, I agree we should be looking for local candidates first but as a recruiter I hear everyday that I am too busy to talk or not interested in talking with recruiters. So how do we shift this focus from recruiter being looked at as a negative and promote us as trying to help US candidates? I have 10-20 positions a month as just one recruiter and I can’t find local candidates for these roles, please share with me how to gain the interest of these US candidates. And these are main stream skills (Java, ETL, DBA’s, BI) but they require hands on experience and normally 3-10 years of prior experience.
  • commented 2014-06-08 03:07:23 -0500
    I agree with Donna. It’s the concerted action taken together that is what’s important. Look at this action – three groups that come out of three really different ideological places, different politics, but with a good message, a good idea, and a challenge that should make everyone think about the value of work that we do, whatever it is that we do. Don’t work for Infosys, IBM, or Manpower.
  • commented 2014-06-07 07:47:12 -0500
    Unions aren’t the answer—the power of concerted action taken together is the answer. This is what unions represent in our minds. The power to act together is a human trait. Both the LGBT and the Black community are characterized by this ability. This trait was also exhibited by the Sherpas, whom, in a concerted way, withdrew their labor and walked off the mountain. The fear of concerted action by NBA players was a strong motivation to make Sterling sell the Clippers.

    In fact, technical professionals, exhibiting this trait, is what built the technology industry. Unlike other workers, we have worked across company lines—and geography—to invent and then troubleshoot the products our companies took credit for. This willingness to work in a concerted way is deeply ingrained in us.

    Our national effort—and the boycott of these companies—proudly recognizes our ability to work in a concerted way to solve problems we are confronted with.