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  • Critical reform (policy, politically) on immigration from Day One: Freeze corrupt H1B and L1 visas

    11/28/2016 1:25:25 PM PST · by Javeth · 33 replies
    I was having a conversation on the weekend with a politically mixed crowd, and an interesting conclusion emerged: 1. EVERYBODY in the room--Republican, Democrat, Independent-- hated the H1B and L1 guest worker (cheap labor) visa programs and agreed that they've become incredibly corrupt and abused by the likes of Disney, Facebook, the Chamber of Commerce and other crony capitalists and politicians, and had to go. Even many of the Dems, some of whom (gag) had voted for Hillary, harshly criticized Obama for his negligence on H1B enforcement and were so fed up that they'd vote for Trump in 2020 if...
  • Fury rises at Disney over use of foreign workers

    04/30/2015 5:10:15 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 83 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | April 29, 2015 | Patrick Thibodeau
    At the end of October, IT employees at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts were called, one-by-one, into conference rooms to receive notice of their layoffs. --snip-- [Disney:] "H-1B workers complement - instead of displace - U.S. Workers." It explains that as employers use foreign workers to fill "more technical and low-level jobs, firms are able to expand" and allow U.S. workers "to assume managerial and leadership positions." --snip-- "Some of these folks were literally flown in the day before to take over the exact same job I was doing," said one of the IT workers who lost his job. He...
  • Foreign Workers Could Be Replacing Charlotte Bank Employees

    04/09/2009 11:24:11 PM PDT · by IT Grunt · 6 replies · 604+ views
    IT Grunt ^ | 4/12/09 | Tunnel Rat
    One of the dirty little secrets of the offshoring/outsourcing fiasco in I.T. is the onshoring of workers through the use of third parties.
  • Inviting Our Own Problems

    05/30/2007 6:00:35 PM PDT · by OneHun · 356+ views
    The New American ^ | 2007-05-28 | Kurt Hyde
    Interview of Robert Sanchez by Kurt HydeAmericans have regularly been forced by their employers to train the foreigners who would be taking over their jobs. Fox News reported on a particularly tragic example of job displacement that took place in 2003: “Kevin Flanagan, a computer programmer with Bank of America, was fired from his job after being forced to train his replacement, an Indian worker who was taking over Flanagan’s job as part of Bank of America’s effort to replace its American workforce with foreign labor. Flanagan walked outside into his office parking lot and shot himself to death.” The...
  • (Vanity) The New Colonialism, or, Out of One, Many

    06/03/2006 10:01:34 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies · 837+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 06-03-2006 | grey_whiskers
    One of the staples of progressive thought, especially as taught at the University level, is the historical record of colonialism and exploitation of less-developed countries at the hand of Western Europe and the United States. According to this model, much of what is currently the Third World is only in that condition because it has been plundered, and its goods and natural resources expropriated for the benefit and profit of others. Examples include sub-Saharan Africa, many Central American and South American countries, and Southeast Asia. There are a couple of comments to make about this. First of all, is it...
  • Career Watch [Job outlook for recent college graduates in information technology]

    09/15/2004 10:04:47 AM PDT · by Mini-14 · 3 replies · 942+ views
    Computerworld ^ | September 13, 2004 | Julia King
    Q&A: Joe RichTitle: Executive vice president Company: Clark Consulting, Marlboro, Mass. What he does: Having just surveyed 37 U.S. IT companies about their college recruiting plans, Rich is lukewarm at best in his optimism about new IT graduates' job prospects in the U.S. high-tech sector. The main reason: Graduate hiring by U.S. high-tech companies this year increased by a mere 1.6% over 2003. What's more, although the total number of new college graduates has increased, most U.S. high-tech companies hired fewer college graduates this year than in 2003. What is the near-term IT employment forecast for recent university graduates? Hiring...
  • IT Jobs Chill

    09/15/2004 10:00:28 AM PDT · by Mini-14 · 46 replies · 1,020+ views
    Computerworld ^ | September 13, 2004 | Frank Hayes
    SEPTEMBER 13, 2004 - The annual IT workforce study is out from the Information Technology Association of America. And for once, it's genuinely useful. Gone is the rah-rah boosterism of years past. Gone are the million-new-jobs estimates that never came true and the predictions that most new IT jobs would go wanting because there just weren't enough U.S. IT people to fill them. Instead, it's a sober assessment stuffed with information of value to anyone hiring or looking for work in corporate IT. Much of that information is clearly presented in the report, which you can get at And...
  • Get set to jet set to Uncle Sam

    08/06/2004 11:09:56 AM PDT · by neutrino · 27 replies · 623+ views
    The Times of India ^ | August 6, 2004 | PRIYA RANJAN DASH
    Get set to jet set to Uncle SamPRIYA RANJAN DASH TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ FRIDAY, AUGUST 06, 2004 12:03:18 AM ] NEW DELHI: India seems to have finally acquired some trade chutzpah. It is all set to offer a free trade agreement on services to the champion of free trade, the US.  The offer has already been discussed between prime minister Manmohan Singh and commerce minister Kamal Nath and will be brought to the cabinet shortly. New Delhi feels the FTA deal would be a win-win for both the countries. While American banks and insurance companies can open as many...
  • U.S. Tech Workers Bear Brunt of Immigration Policy

    04/29/2004 9:17:16 AM PDT · by looscnnn · 44 replies · 234+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 29, 2004 | Matt Hayes
    In April, 2003, Kevin Flanagan, a computer programmer with Bank of America (search), was fired from his job after being forced to train his replacement, an Indian worker who was taking over Flanagan's job as part of Bank of America's effort to replace its American workforce with foreign labor. Flanagan walked outside into his office parking lot and shot himself to death. A year later, it's no surprise that the impact of foreign labor (search) on American workers has become a potent political issue this campaign season. What Americans need to understand is how complicit the U.S. government has been...
  • Effort afoot to exempt 20k from H-1B cap

    04/21/2004 2:45:57 PM PDT · by Mini-14 · 6 replies · 267+ views
    Computerworld ^ | April 19, 2004 | Patrick Thibodeau
    There's a new push in Congress to increase by 20,000 the number of foreign workers holding H-1B visas. Proposed legislation would accomplish that by exempting foreign graduates with advanced degrees from the visa cap. The bill, introduced earlier this month by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), is supported by Compete America, a coalition of manufacturers, academic groups and IT vendors such as Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp., Oracle Corp., and Sun Microsystems Inc. This year's H-1B cap of 65,000 was reached in mid-February, less than five months after the Oct. 1 start of the federal fiscal year. Smith's bill, the American Workforce...
  • Lost Your Job Yet?

    04/12/2004 10:04:50 AM PDT · by Mini-14 · 202 replies · 876+ views
    Computerworld ^ | April 12, 2004 | John Pardon
    Frank Hayes' fears about techies bailing out of a declining American IT workforce are already being realized ["ITAA's Job Dream"]. I've done it. I concluded that IT is largely a dead-end career for Americans and opted out so that my wife could pursue advanced degrees in education and move up in a field that can't be so readily outsourced or filled by guest workers. I rebelled at my former employer's "wage compression," outsourcing and use of H-1B and L-1 visa holders. One year ago, I resigned my IT job at NCR Corp., a Fortune 500 company based in Dayton, Ohio,...
  • Outsourcing Grandma to Mumbai

    03/31/2004 1:20:31 PM PST · by Mini-14 · 12 replies · 230+ views
    Computerworld ^ | March 24, 2004 | Ben Rothke
    In "The Brain Center at Whipple's," a classic Twilight Zone episode, a ruthlessly efficient businessman, Wallace Whipple, deals brutally with his employees when he decides to fully automate his factory. Installing computers and robots, Whipple drives a longtime dedicated worker to take desperate measures to protect his job. In the end, it is Whipple who finds that he is no longer needed when he is replaced by a similarly behaved robot. The message of that episode from 1964 rings true today. Whipple's goal was efficiency; today, it's saving money, and it's being done by outsourcing application development overseas. Outsourcing has...
  • How to Prevent Offshoring From Taking Your Job -- A guide for the thinking technologist

    03/22/2004 1:11:04 PM PST · by Mini-14 · 14 replies · 913+ views
    Computerworld ^ | March 22, 2004 | Howard Adamsky
    The offshoring of technical positions is on the upswing. According to Forrester Research Inc., offshore programming jobs have nearly tripled over the past three years, from 27,000 to an estimated 80,000, as reported in the March 1, 2004, issue of Business Week. This trend will probably continue.American technologists are competing for positions with anyone who has a computer and an Internet connection. To be blunt, if you're a technologist, there's a chance that your position will be outsourced sometime down the road. If you want to save your position by ensuring that no one sees the work you do as...
  • Strapped Employers Hope to Expand Visa Program

    03/18/2004 11:11:43 AM PST · by Mini-14 · 14 replies · 200+ views
    Computerworld ^ | March 15, 2004 | Strapped Employers Hope to Expand Visa Program
    - WASHINGTON -- Manufacturers and high-tech companies are starting a long-shot effort to persuade Congress to boost the number of visas allowed for foreign workers with advanced degrees from U.S. universities as a way to get around a cap on visas.Given the growing political concern about sluggish job growth in the U.S., companies that depend on foreign workers say it's unlikely that they can win a direct expansion of the number of H-1B visas from the current limit of 65,000 a year; all of the visas for fiscal 2004 -- which began Oct. 1 -- were handed out by...
  • Offshoring and Lowered Expectations

    03/08/2004 3:14:41 PM PST · by Mini-14 · 150 replies · 400+ views
    Computerworld ^ | March 8, 2004 | Dan Gillmor
    MARCH 08, 2004 - One of the best things about living and working in Silicon Valley is the quality of the people. I'm frequently the least-knowledgeable person in the room, and probably the stupidest. I get to learn from the ultrasmart and creative folks I meet. So why do I have an uneasy feeling these days about the place, even as an economic recovery for the technology industry starts to gather steam? One factor abounds with irony. A few years ago, I wondered if the Valley was sowing the seeds of its demise by creating the communications and collaboration tools...
  • Offshore Advocates Woo Silicon Valley

    03/08/2004 3:09:14 PM PST · by Mini-14 · 2 replies · 219+ views
    Computerworld ^ | March 8, 2004 | Mark Hall
    MARCH 08, 2004 - ... execs and denounce politicians who campaign against the shipping of U.S. high-tech jobs abroad. At the Software 2004 conference in San Francisco last week, Romesh Wadhwani, chairman of Symphony Technology Group LLC in Palo Alto, Calif., exhorted an audience of 1,100 IT vendor honchos, including 400 CEOs, to get on the offshore bandwagon in order for their companies to have a viable, profitable future. "Most software companies that reinvent their business model will use offshore in a large and strategic, not tactical, way," he argues. Translation: More software development work is heading to India. As...
  • Ya Gotta love it! (Hillary the Outsourcer)

    03/05/2004 7:45:06 AM PST · by Keen-Minded · 27 replies · 442+ views
    JOB DESTRUCTION NEWSLETTER ^ | 03/05/2004 | Rob Sanchez
    Here's an excerpt from a newsletter I get indicating how Hillary Clinton took the bait that Lou Dobbs set for her and hit her between the eyes. She was on CNN decrying the companies who outsourced jobs to cheap foreign labor and telling all of the things she was doing to stop it and create jobs here. Then Lou hit her with the fact that she helped TATA consulting set up offices here to OUTSOURCE American jobs. She responded with " but they created 10 jobs in the buffalo area. What she didn't mention was that of those, 70% are...
  • America needs a plan, not a debate on offshoring

    03/04/2004 9:43:07 AM PST · by Mini-14 · 12 replies · 217+ views
    Computerworld ^ | March 2, 2004 | William Mougayar
    MARCH 02, 2004 - The U.S. needs a plan that clearly describes the risks, rewards, opportunities and challenges of offshoring. The national debate over this highly visible phenomenon is escalating, but it seems deadlocked. To get past this impasse, the White House should commission an unequivocal report that defines the benefits and drawbacks of offshore outsourcing, describes its full impact on the U.S. and world economies, and provides very specific details on how to cope with it with minimal stress and disruption.Without a national plan, the issue will remain undefined and be allowed to meander. Statements made by the Federal...
  • U.S. lawmakers: L-1 visa program needs changes

    02/16/2004 11:28:18 AM PST · by Mini-14 · 2 replies · 151+ views
    Computerworld ^ | February 5, 2004 | Grant Gross
    Two laid-off U.S. workers testified before a U.S. House of Representatives committee yesterday that they were fired by IT companies and replaced with cheaper labor brought to the U.S. under a worker visa program designed to fill jobs needing special skills. Patricia Fluno, a programmer from Orlando, said she and about 14 other employees of Siemens Information and Communications Networks Inc. were laid off in mid-2002 and forced to train their replacements from India. "We lost our jobs, and we had to train our replacements so there would be little interruption to Siemens," Fluno told the House International Relations Committee....
  • Tech pay: banks are best, IT management tops

    02/12/2004 10:51:02 PM PST · by Euro-American Scum · 2 replies · 153+ views
    Got two Y Chromosomes, an advanced IT degree and a H1-B or a Green Card? Didn't make $68,000 last year? Maybe you're being being short-changed on your pay-packet. Whoa! It's not that simple, actually, according to data released by IT job researchers Dice. For that figure is just the average salary of IT pros across age-groups, specialisation baskets and geographies. The same figure for women, predictably, is lower - at $62,000. Actually, sex and age have a lot more influence on tech salaries in the US -- the source of sustenance for the majority of Indian H1-B and L-1 pros...
  • Most Outsourcing Is Still for Losers

    02/02/2004 9:39:14 AM PST · by Mini-14 · 10 replies · 232+ views
    Computerworld ^ | Paul Strassmann
    FEBRUARY 02, 2004 ( ) - The most frequent reason companies turn to outsourcing is the need to increase profits. Replacing premium-priced labor with workers earning less has led to lower costs for products and services. That in turn has led to an increase in the purchases—that is outsourcing—of materials, components, parts and services by the companies. The value of outsourced goods and services for U.S. companies now averages 65% of the value of their sales. This kind of calculation is in the spotlight because this phenomenon has become the central concern of what's called the "globalization" of commerce. Accordingly,...
  • The Farewell Dossier

    02/01/2004 9:20:02 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 40 replies · 1,387+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 02/02/04 | William Safire
    WASHINGTON Intelligence shortcomings, as we see, have a thousand fathers; secret intelligence triumphs are orphans. Here is the unremarked story of "the Farewell dossier": how a C.I.A. campaign of computer sabotage resulting in a huge explosion in Siberia — all engineered by a mild-mannered economist named Gus Weiss — helped us win the cold war.Weiss worked down the hall from me in the Nixon administration. In early 1974, he wrote a report on Soviet advances in technology through purchasing and copying that led the beleaguered president — détente notwithstanding — to place restrictions on the export of computers and software...
  • Another State Looks Offshore

    12/29/2003 11:55:04 AM PST · by Mini-14 · 31 replies · 199+ views
    Computerworld ^ | DECEMBER 22, 2003 | PATRICK THIBODEAU
    A decision by the Washington State Health Care Authority to use offshore labor for a major IT project was based in part on some pretty simple arithmetic: The contractor's bid was about $3 million below the next lowest bid. But the project hasn't worked out as planned. It's running over budget, and an internal state document written in October warns of a "significant risk" that it won't meet the agency's requirements. The project has also prompted state legislation that would effectively bar state agencies from future use of offshore contractors. "I don't think that Washington state tax dollars should be...
  • New Outsourcing Twist: Sending Employees, Too

    11/11/2003 11:46:14 AM PST · by Mini-14 · 7 replies · 241+ views
    Computerworld ^ | November 10, 2003 | Kevin J. Delaney
    NOVEMBER 10, 2003 ( ) - A London-based travel agency has taken outsourcing to a new level, shipping both call center jobs and the workers who perform them to India.Starting with five young Finns who moved to New Delhi in July 2002, Ebookers PLC is sending Europeans to answer phones and e-mails at a call center in India for wages that are roughly one-fourth what similar jobs fetch at home. Now Ebookers' Indian subsidiary plans to expand and sell the idea as a service to other businesses. The company is pitching the jobs as a way to see the world,...
  • Study: IT worker unemployment at 'unprecedented' levels

    09/18/2003 4:03:48 PM PDT · by Mini-14 · 184 replies · 395+ views
    Computer World ^ | SEPTEMBER 17, 2003 | Patrick Thibodeau
    About 150,000 IT positions were lost in 2001 and 2002 SEPTEMBER 17, 2003 ( ) - DALLAS -- Unemployment for IT workers reached 6% this year, an "unprecedented" level for a profession that was once a sure path to a well-paying job, according to a new study that also found that foreign-born workers now account for a fifth of all IT employees in the U.S. The report also found that the percentage of laid-off foreign-born IT workers is slightly higher than for U.S.-born workers.The study, which was presented at a congressional forum today by the Washington-based nonprofit group Commission on...
  • High-Tech's Use of H-1Bs Drops (industry groups lobby congress for more visas)

    09/15/2003 3:34:39 PM PDT · by Mini-14 · 3 replies · 196+ views
    Computer World ^ | SEPTEMBER 15, 2003 | Story by Patrick Thibodeau
    High-Tech's Use of H-1Bs Drops But some IT industry groups fear Oct. 1 decrease in visa cap will hurt economy Story by Patrick Thibodeau SEPTEMBER 15, 2003 ( ) - WASHINGTON -- Companies will likely move quickly to gobble up H-1B visas next month, to ensure that they get the workers they need before the new, sharply reduced cap of 65,000 is reached, immigration experts said last week. The cap will decline from 195,000 on Oct. 1, the start of the new federal fiscal year, and that's almost certain to bring pressure from high-tech groups for Congress to raise it....
  • IT's Global Itinerary: Offshore Outsourcing Is Inevitable

    09/15/2003 3:28:53 PM PDT · by Mini-14 · 8 replies · 450+ views
    Computer World ^ | September 15, 2003 | Julia King
    By next year, 80% of CIOs will have marching orders to take some IT offshore. Story by Julia King SEPTEMBER 15, 2003 ( ) - Globalization will hit virtually all large corporate IT departments within the next year. By 2004, eight out of 10 CIOs will have direct marching orders to move offshore at least part of the technology services they provide to their businesses. Four out of 10 companies will already have done so, according to research from Gartner Inc. in Stamford, Conn. "We see this as an irreversible megatrend," says Gartner analyst Rita Terdiman. The short-term reason: Cost...
  • Moving mission-critical application management offshore ("How-to" advice from Computerworld)

    09/11/2003 9:43:07 AM PDT · by Mini-14 · 10 replies · 192+ views
    Computerworld | September 4, 2003 | James Brewer
    Most companies have a number of application systems that are core to critical business operations such as finance, marketing, human resources and sales. These applications are generally first- or second-generation systems that have been developed and enhanced over the years. Industry experts say close to 75% of IT budgets are eaten up by supporting existing applications, which draw funds and resources that could be spent on higher value-producing opportunities. Besides being expensive to maintain, legacy applications have quality problems. Since they're required to run the business, defects, outages and other productivity drains can have a drastic impact. Maintaining quality becomes...
  • Ultimate insult for American programmers as employers seek cheaper labor

    08/11/2003 9:47:23 AM PDT · by hoosierskypilot · 68 replies · 895+ views
    modesto bee ^ | 8-11-03 | Rachel Konrad
    <p>SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Scott Kirwin clung to his job at a large investment bank through several rounds of layoffs last year. Friends marveled at the computer programmer's ability to dodge pink slips during the worst technology downturn in a decade. But it was tough for Kirwin, 36, to relish his final assignment: training a group of programmers from India who would replace him within a year.</p>
  • Fax to Texas' Senators, re outsourcing and H1B & L1 visas

    08/17/2003 4:29:54 PM PDT · by Marauder · 31 replies · 302+ views
    08/16/2003 | Marauder
    Dear Senator,As many of your colleagues’ as well as your own constituents, I find myself at wit’s end in my efforts to secure an income. Research on this problem reveals two (2) glaringly obvious obstacles, as related to the Internet implosion:1. The number of H1B and L1 visas has not decreased accordingly. These guest workers, which might have been a good idea at the time, have overstayed their welcome, because: a. The drastic reduction in the number of jobs available makes their continued high numbers inappropriate, andb. They represent unfair competition, because of on the one hand, the extraordinary difficulty...
  • Too Many Visas for Techies?

    08/17/2003 11:53:20 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 13 replies · 238+ views
    Business Week ^ | Aug. 18-25, 2003 | Spencer E. Ante in New York, with Paul Magnusson in Washington
    <p>Bob Simoni has been fuming ever since Toshiba America () replaced him last year with a foreign worker. Simoni recently found a short-term gig, but he wants Congress to do something about the H1B visa program that allows companies to bring in skilled foreign workers. The 39-year-old software engineer says he lost his job to such a person, in his case an Indian. Toshiba says the outsourcing of jobs "enables us to be more efficient." But to add insult to injury, says Simoni, Toshiba asked him to train his replacement: "I never thought this could happen in my field."</p>
  • Visa program robs U.S. technology workers of jobs, dignity

    08/11/2003 1:38:15 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 26 replies · 232+ views
    AP ^ | August 11, 2003 | Rachel Konrad
    <p>SAN JOSE, Calif. — Scott Kirwin clung to his computer programming job, but it was tough for him to relish his final assignment: training a group of workers from India who would replace him within a year.</p> <p>"They called it 'knowledge acquisition,' " the Wilmington, Del., resident said. "We got paid our normal salaries to train people to do our jobs. The market was so bad we couldn't really do anything about it, so we taught our replacements."</p>
  • Bills to keep jobs in USA create uproar

    07/29/2003 7:09:27 AM PDT · by Mick2000 · 219 replies · 517+ views
    Just three years ago, Congress voted to allow more foreign workers into the United States. Times have changed. Politicians are proposing tough — opponents say misguided — steps to keep jobs at home in the face of rising unemployment, a growing number of white-collar jobs being transferred to India and other countries and lingering anger over some U.S. allies' opposition to the war in Iraq. The House has passed measures to require the Defense and State departments to buy a larger share of equipment from U.S. firms. The measure, which has provoked a corporate and political uproar, has not been...
  • The New Face of Global Competition

    07/11/2003 2:18:35 PM PDT · by Mini-14 · 9 replies · 217+ views
    Fast Company ^ | February 2003 | Keith H. Hammonds
    Not so long ago, India's Wipro Ltd. sold cooking oils and knockoff PCs. Now its 15,000 technologists cook up vital software applications and research for Ericsson, GM, the Home Depot, and other giant customers. Are you prepared to go head-to-head with the best the world has to offer?There are certain moments when you can see the future with such clarity it nearly takes your breath away. I went to India and witnessed the future. I am certain of this, because I saw the explosions. I arrived in Bangalore at the start of the Hindu festival of Diwali. Diwali is a...
  • Senator wants to use H-1B funds to train Americans

    07/09/2003 3:47:07 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 12 replies · 219+ views
    Economic Times, India ^ | THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2003 | K YATISH RAJAWAT
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. US senator John Mica, known in India for his bill restricting the use of L1 visas, wants the US government to fund training of US citizens from the money collected from H1-B visas holders. According to sources, Mr Mica is looking for funds to create a government programme  to help workers who have lost their jobs. He has moved a bill, called the Job Assistance and Creation Act. The bill directs the secretary of labour to make grants to regional consortia, which meet the specified criteria. This will improve the job...
  • Offshore outsourcing is relentless: Issue is a sensitive one for execs, who say cost outweighs ...

    06/30/2003 3:08:04 PM PDT · by Mini-14 · 16 replies · 220+ views
    Computerworld ^ | JUNE 27, 2003 | Patrick Thibodeau
    LOS ANGELES -- Offshore outsourcing is so mainstream that by next year, more than 80% of U.S. companies will have had high-level discussions about the topic. And 40% will have completed some kind of pilot program or will be using near-shore or offshore services. Despite that assessment, made by Gartner Inc. at an outsourcing conference here last week, offshore outsourcing remains a difficult issue for executives to talk about. In fact, many attendees were skittish about responding to questions for this article, except in the most general terms. Corporate officials did, however, acknowledge trends related to the politically charged issue....
  • New US Bill to put cap on L-1 visas on the cards

    06/22/2003 1:51:49 PM PDT · by sarcasm · 11 replies · 283+ views
    BANGALORE: Just as one threat is defused, another bomb waits to explode. There’s some good news on the outsourcing/visa front in the US. But there’s some bad news also. As if the pressure on billings from a global slowdown was not enough, US politicians have now begun pick “stop outsourcing to India” as the cause of the season.The good news is that the landmark New Jersey (NJ) legislation, proposed by state senator Shirley Turner,  to ban outsourcing of government work to non-US destinations, was withdrawn last week after the Democratic Caucus voted against it. The bad news is that Rosa...
  • U.S. tech workers feeling pinch of new world economy

    06/10/2003 10:48:40 AM PDT · by Rodsomnia · 35 replies · 377+ views
    ©2003 Copley News Service ^ | June 10, 2003 | Phyllis Schlafly
    U.S. tech workers feeling pinch of new world economy Phyllis Schlafly (archive) June 10, 2003 | Print | Send The Boston Globe revealed why tens of thousands of information technology jobs have been outsourced overseas in the past couple of years, and why major U.S. banks, brokerage houses and insurance companies plan to ship 500,000 more jobs abroad in the next five years. A graduate of the Indian Institutes of Technology with a master's in business administration can be hired for $12,000. Compare that to the average starting salary or $102,338 for a Harvard Business School graduate. The figure of...
  • Outsourcing curbs will be limited: US tells India

    06/07/2003 11:42:27 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 7 replies · 194+ views
    WASHINGTON: American lawmakers and officials have allayed India's apprehensions over curbs on outsourcing of jobs from US to India as also on issuance of visas to its professionals.A delegation of Indo-US Parliamentary Forum was assured by US Congress members and officials that any damage to India from restrictions on outsourcing sought to be imposed by half a dozen states will be limited.The assurance, given to the Forum's co-chairmen Kapil Sibal and V P S Badnore, comes in the backdrop of reports that several states will press ahead with laws to ban outsourcing of jobs especially in the information technology...
  • India to discuss visa restrictions with US authorities

    06/07/2003 3:52:09 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 4 replies · 198+ views
    NEW DELHI: Perturbed by the moves in the US to put fresh visa restrictions on IT personnel, India on Thursday said it would soon take up the contentious issue with the authorities in Washington as it was creating 'trade distortions'. "I will take it (visa restriction issue) with the US when I visit the country next week," said Commerce and Law Minister Arun Jaitley. Terming the proposed legal measures for restricting movement of software personnel from India through L-1 visa as 'non-tarrif barrier', Jaitley said on the contrary India would seek further relaxation on existing visa conditions for freer movement...
  • When white-collar jobs follow the blues

    06/03/2003 10:13:54 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 12 replies · 161+ views ^ | June 2, 2003 | Phyllis Schlafly
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. The big argument for the 2003 tax cut passed by Congress is that it will create much-needed jobs. But one important question remains: Will those jobs be created for Americans, or will corporations simply hire more job-seekers from India and China? It is time for Congress to call a halt to the scandal of the way big corporations are hiring foreigner workers at the same time they are laying off their American employees. The hiring of hundreds of thousands of foreigners is why The New York Times proclaimed on Page One...
  • US probes misuse of L-1 visas

    06/03/2003 2:25:18 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 11 replies · 293+ views
    NEW YORK: American immigration officials are examining whether L-1 visa under which foreign companies can transfer their employees to their branches in the United States is being misused, a media report said. The issue being assessed is whether companies contracting the employees they bring to US to other companies where they could replace higher paid American jobs constitutes misuse. Should they decide that it does, thousands of workers, a major percentage from India, could be affected.The assessment by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) comes close on the heels of a bill moved in the House of...
  • Congress closes front door on transfer visas -- administration opens back door and all the windows

    06/02/2003 4:16:19 PM PDT · by Mini-14 · 11 replies · 214+ views
    While Congress May Close Front Door on Intra-Company Transfer Visas, The Administration is Opening the Back Door and All the Windows (Washington, D.C. June 2, 2003) Legislation pending before Congress to curb the abuses in the L-1 visa program may be rendered moot by executive agreements being concluded by the Bush Administration. According to The New York Times, the L-1 visa program, which allows companies to transfer employees from overseas branches or subsidiaries to company offices in the U.S., "are now routinely used by companies based in India and elsewhere to bring their workers into the United States and then...
  • Outsourcing, visa curbs not in US interest: Congressman

    06/01/2003 4:11:54 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 78 replies · 556+ views
    NEW DELHI: While the bills introduced to limit outsourcing and L-1 visas in the US Congress and state legislatures should be treated with a degree of seriousness, there is no need to lose sleep over it. It is not in the interest of the US to take the protectionist path, feels US Congressman Jay Inslee. The congressman was addressing a CII forum on “Globalisation & Business Process Outsourcing: Win Win for India and the US” in Delhi today. According to Mr Inslee, while these bills — whether those introduced in the state legislatures or the one introduced by Representative John...
  • Special Visa's Use for Tech Workers Is Challenged

    05/30/2003 8:52:01 PM PDT · by liberalnot · 12 replies · 270+ views
    the new york times ^ | 05.30.03 | KATIE HAFNER and DANIEL PREYSMAN
    Special Visa's Use for Tech Workers Is Challenged Richard L. Harbus for The New York Times A flier from the Organization for the Rights of American Workers, which wants to restrict visas that allow companies to transfer workers to the United States. By KATIE HAFNER and DANIEL PREYSMAN AN FRANCISCO, May 29 — With the economy in a slump, a growing number of American technology workers say their jobs are going not only to lower-cost foreign workers abroad, but also increasingly to workers who enter the United States under a little-known visa category known as L-1. In the nearly three...
  • Special Visa's Use for Tech Workers Is Challenged (L-1)

    05/29/2003 11:43:13 PM PDT · by sarcasm · 2 replies · 1,049+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 30, 2003 | KATIE HAFNER and DANIEL PREYSMAN
    AN FRANCISCO, May 29 — With the economy in a slump, a growing number of American technology workers say their jobs are going not only to lower-cost foreign workers abroad, but also increasingly to workers who enter the United States under a little-known visa category known as L-1. In the nearly three years since the technology bubble burst, the use of L-1 visas to bring in workers — with a large percentage from India — has become a popular strategy among firms seeking to cut labor costs. The number of these temporary visas granted rose nearly 40 percent to 57,700...
  • Visa's use provokes opposition by techies L-1 regarded as threat to workers

    05/25/2003 9:19:39 AM PDT · by Drango · 10 replies · 763+ views
    sfgate ^ | 5/25/03 | Carrie Kirby, Chronicle Staff Writer
    <p>An obscure work visa known as the L-1 has become the center of a bitter controversy in the technology industry.</p> <p>Much like the H-1B before it -- an equally obscure visa that rose to prominence when American workers complained they were being displaced by its recipients -- the L-1 is catching the ire of tech workers and the eye of government regulators who disagree on whether the visa is being used legally.</p>
  • New Bill Introduced to Limit L1 Visas

    05/22/2003 3:10:46 PM PDT · by doosee · 14 replies · 196+ views
    Computerworld ^ | MAY 21, 2003 | PATRICK THIBODEAU
    Bill in Congress would curb L-1 visa use for foreign workers A congressman calls the L-1 a "back door to cheap labor" By PATRICK THIBODEAU Content Type: Story Source: Computerworld WASHINGTON -- Legislation was introduced in Congress this week that would set curbs on the use of the L-1 visa, a controversial visa program that, like the H-1B visa, allows U.S. companies to bring in foreign workers. The L-1 visa enables companies with subsidiaries abroad to transfer to the U.S. from other companies executives or workers with specialized skills. But critics contend that foreign outsourcing firms use it to import...
  • Ericsson to slash nearly 14,000 jobs by Q3 2004

    05/05/2003 10:31:19 AM PDT · by Mini-14 · 7 replies · 172+ views
    Computerworld ^ | APRIL 29, 2003 | John Blau
    After posting yet another quarterly loss, Sweden's LM Ericsson Telephone Co. announced plans to cut nearly 14,000 jobs by late 2004. Ericsson's workforce of around 61,000 at the end of the first quarter of 2003 will shrink to 52,000 by the end of the year and to 47,000 by the end of the third quarter of 2004, President and CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg said today at a news conference to announce the company's quarterly results. At the end of the first quarter of 2002, the company employed around 107,000 people, a company spokesman said. Svanberg, who took over the helm of...
  • Harvard event showcases Russia as outsourcing site

    05/05/2003 10:28:13 AM PDT · by Mini-14 · 4 replies · 153+ views
    Computerworld ^ | MAY 01, 2003 | Paul Roberts
    Lower wages than in the U.S. and an abundance of highly skilled computer programmers make Russia a good fit for companies aiming to bolster research and development or lower development costs, according to representatives from major Russian IT outsourcing firms. Officials from the Russian companies were at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., yesterday to raise the profile of Russia as a low-cost destination for high-quality software development. The second annual event, known as "Russian IT Seasons," featured short presentations by the companies in front of an audience that included representatives from major U.S. corporations and software engineers looking for career...