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 2014-07-10 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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • commented 2014-06-06 15:20:31 -0500
    @michael – I work for labor. I’m just explaining something about how the established labor unions work, and why you can’t pin your hopes on these established organizations, and why workers in IT need to form a different kind of organization. It was more a response to the links and comments about the IAM site. (BTW, IAM was one of the early unions to try and reach out to IT workers and freelancers with the Cyberlodge, years ago. They were trying to organize DirectTV installers who are often considered ICs – this is a union that takes risks. If they’re organizing IT workers at a workplace – definitely join up.)

    The IEEE, I think, is a good org because they do lobbying. Yes, they have corporate money in there, but they also look out for workers interests in DC. I forgot to add orgs like SAGE/Usenix and CPSR, both established orgs. It’s important to at least get on the mailing lists, but joining as a member is more important because you can write letters to leadership to get them to take a position about worker issues. These professional orgs are what they are – but they are not the Technet PAC or the coalition of H1B advocates (as far as I know) which are orgs by and for the companies, and not for the employees or freelancers.

    And speaking of organizations – it’s important to support orgs like BFJ with money, so they can do these media-friendly actions, get on show and in the news, and lobby politicians.

    Also, if your workplace has a union, even if you are not a member, see if you can volunteer with it, and then use that as an opportunity to learn how it works.

    Join user groups. I used to do this, but have been lax on that point. Go to meetups, or start a meetup. Again, same story. If there’s an affiliated workers movement, and they have an event, go in solidarity with a sign like “techies in solidarity.” I did this with the movie visual effects group, and it went well. It’s an opportunity to talk to others in similar situations.

    I didn’t want to go really long about minority unionism, but that and worker orgs are kind of the same thing. These are organizations that form at workplaces to discuss workplace issues. When you do that, it’s called a concerted action, and is protected by law in a number of different ways. Some of the details are listed at coworker.org, and interesting “alt-labor” type website. Also, look at Alliance@IBM, endicottalliance.org. You can form a “union” of just two people and grow from there.

    So given that the big unions like CWA aren’t on a huge organizing push for IT shops, and given that there is no computer operator and programmer union, and given that there is a political division that makes organizing workplaces difficult, it’s necessary to take an eclectic approach and build up what you can, with what’s around.
  • commented 2014-06-06 10:23:26 -0500
    JK: your negative opinion proves that divide and conquer is still working well ! Professional organizations are usually funded by and mouth pieces for their corporate sponsors from the industry ! IT workers will continue to be divided and screwed until they wake up and unite.
  • commented 2014-06-06 00:44:36 -0500
    The unions in the US aren’t quite set up to handle the IT sector due to a few things, but there are things called “worker organizations” that have specific rights and protections that extend beyond the regular labor laws, and techs should look at forming those. Do it clandestinely if you need to. Join your professional organizations like ACM and IEEE as well.

    The main reason unions aren’t in IT is because they want a majority vote to organize a workplace, and that’s difficult to achieve with highly paid employees who have a libertarian ideological streak. They should be engaging in “minority unionism”, but they generally don’t.
  • commented 2014-06-02 16:08:06 -0500
    Michael. I checked out the web site. The site mentions that it is the Machinist union. My phone call went to voice mail. I will follow up tomorrow and post any information I find relevant.
  • commented 2014-06-02 16:04:55 -0500
    I agree about getting away from our computers. I’m in the Boston area and accessible to the headquarters of IBM, Infosys and Manpower. Give me a date and time and I’ll help in any way I can.
  • commented 2014-06-02 16:00:12 -0500
    Yes, we need to get away from our computers and into the real world. we have some ideas.
  • commented 2014-06-02 15:45:29 -0500