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2013

US senators introduce high-skill immigration bill in nod to Silicon Valley

Ukiah Daily JournalFeb 14, 2013
Still, “this is an addition” to current visas, said Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild. “None of this language says it has to create a single job for an American.” The entrepreneur visa could be used to start a pizza joint or car wash, not just “the next Google (GOOG), IBM or Intel (INTC),” and the graduate degree visas could flood U.S. schools with foreign students admitted because they pay higher tuition, Berry said.
PODCAST Radio Interview (KUOW Seattle) Does Microsoft Need More Temporary Worker Visas?

KUOW Radio TimesFeb 4, 2013
Reynolds talks with public policy advocate and political strategist Maria Cardona and president of theProgrammers Guild, Kim Berry about the ongoing issue of temporary worker visas. 

Proposal: Bring high-skilled workers into US

Gloucester Daily TimesFeb 1, 2013
Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, denounced the bill in a statement as a product of “backdoor negotiations with industry lobbyists. 

What will an H-1B cap hike bring to US?

Computerworldby Patrick ThibodeauJan 31, 2013
In response to the I2 bill, the Programmers Guild said all H-1B workers must be paid a salary of $100,000. “This deters employers from  

Senate’s H-1B visa proposal goes far beyond Microsoft’s

The Seattle TimesJan 29, 2013
Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, denounced the bill as a product of “backdoor negotiations with industry lobbyists.” Berry said  

Entrepreneurs plan DC road trip to talk up immigration reform

ReutersJan 24, 2013
“What they’re doing is saying, ‘We don’t want to pay a fair wage,'” said Kim Berry, president of theProgrammers Guild, a group representing

 


2010

 

Haiti Quake a Reminder of Need for National IT Corps/Reserve

IT Business Edge (blog) – Don Tennant – ‎Feb 8, 2010‎
(Too funny – we are criticized for not “Helping the Haitians”): Nothing from the Programmers Guild, the American Society for Information Science and Technology, or the Association for Computing Machinery.

US Citizen or H-1B Candidate? You Make the Call

IT Business Edge (blog) – Don Tennant – ‎Feb 3, 2010‎
By date: After reading my “H-1B Spotlight Shines on a Distraction” post earlier this week, Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild,

H-1B Spotlight Shines on a Distraction

IT Business Edge (blog) – Don Tennant – ‎Feb 1, 2010‎
According to Computerworld: Nonetheless, Kim Berry, president of the Summit, NJ-based Programmers Guild, said that a goal of the stimulus program is to

Reliant Energy takes back outsourced IT projects

Computerworld – Patrick Thibodeau – ‎Jan 29, 2010‎
The intent notices, part of the DOL’s certification process, were leaked to the Programmers Guild. The guild promptly criticized the company for its plan to

Vail Valley Rep. Polis pushes for ‘Startup’ immigrant visas

Vail Daily News – Alicia Wallace – ‎Jan 18, 2010‎
said John Miano, founder of the Programmers Guild, a nonprofit organization of IT workers that advocates against outsourcing and H1-B work visas.  

Should IT Form a Union?
PC World – Jan 7, 2010
other than within certain large employers,” notes Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, a nonprofit that works to advance IT issues. 20 Year Anniversary Of H-1B: Two Lost Generations
vdare.com – Jan 1, 2010
The only professional group that has done anything has been Programmers Guild. Twenty years of no help from any union or professional society has resulted

 


2009

 

Court orders three H-1B sites disabled

The Industry Standard – ‎Dec 29, 2009‎
John Miano, who heads the Programmers Guild and is also an attorney, and who one represented one the parties involved in the dispute, said it is “rather

Visa quota is finally reached

Boston Globe – Hiawatha Bray – ‎Dec 24, 2009‎
“The job market is terrible,” said Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, a group of American software developers opposed to the visa program.

Strong ties profit Bay Area, India, report says

San Francisco Chronicle – Nov 20, 2009
“I’m more of a protectionist,” said Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, a group of US software professionals opposed to outsourcing as well as

Judges ask tough questions in H-1B case

Computerworld – Patrick Thibodeau – ‎Jul 1, 2009‎
Appearing before the appellate court were attorneys for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as the Programmers Guild, one of a number of

India’s ocean of talent

WA today – ‎Jun 23, 2009‎
The US Programmers Guild has taken to exposing “predatory” Indian-owned US computer outsourcing agencies, naming names and average salaries on its website,

An Academic’s Labor Helps Fight H-1B Visas

msnbc.com – Moira Herbst – ‎Jun 29, 2009‎
founder of US tech advocacy group the Programmers Guild and a labor attorney in Summit, NJ “I and others knew what was going on anecdotally,

In recession, demand for work visas drops

Tri Valley Herald – ‎Jun 13, 2009‎
Sacramento programmer Kim Berry, whose organization, the The Programmers Guild, advocates against the H-1B program, said that continuing to hand out work

US: H-1B workers outnumber unemployed techies

Computerworld – ‎May 26, 2009‎
The US Department of Homeland Security, in its case fighting the Programmers Guild and others from overturning the extension allowing foreign nationals with

Tech Trends Tech Sector Finds It Harder To Bring Best Minds to US

Top Tech News – ‎Apr 17, 2009‎
Mr. Mavinkurve and his wife get little sympathy from Mr. Berry of the Programmers Guild, a nonprofit group with a volunteer staff that lobbies Congress on

The H-1B Visa Debate Again — Sort Of

CQPolitics.com – ‎Apr 12, 2009‎
“This is a sign that there is no need for the H-1B workers this year,” said Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, which has campaigned against the

H-1B demand follows the economy — down

Computerworld – ‎Apr 12, 2009‎
Despite the drop in demand for visas, John Miano, an H-1B critic who is founder of the Summit, NJ-based Programmers Guild, said he still expects the cap to

Experts Debate H-1B Visas, Foreign Worker Issues

eWeek – ‎Apr 8, 2009‎
Another expert, attorney and programmer John Miano, who founded the advocacy group theProgrammers Guild, in the article poked serious holes in the notion

Demand for H-1B visas tumbles

Computerworld – ‎Apr 8, 2009‎
John Miano, founder of the Summit, NJ-based Programmers Guild, said that the only thing the initial H-1B count shows is that “there is an economic component

White House says US needs H-1B visas to avoid ‘competitive

Computerworld – ‎Apr 3, 2009‎
The Programmers Guild lawsuit contends that the student visa extension would exacerbate problems already created by the H-1B visa for US workers in the

H-1B Visas Applications to Decline, Target Existing Workers

Workforce Management – ‎Apr 1, 2009‎
“During the down times, you get to see the absurdity of industry clamoring for H-1B visas in a recession,” said John Miano, founder of the Programmers Guild

Visa program for skilled workers under attack

Los Angeles Times – ‎Mar 31, 2009‎
John Miano of the Programmers Guild, an advocacy group for US technology workers, said H1-B workers annually earn about $12000 less than Americans in the

IT biggies that got most H-1B visas

Rediff – ‎Mar 5, 2009‎
The Programmers Guild and Hire Americans First, groups that oppose H-1B visa program, always cite the dominance of Indian firms to oppose it.

Despite Layoffs, Bailed-Out Banks Hire Contractors on Visas

Labor Notes – ‎Feb 27, 2009‎
It’s indentured servitude,” said Kim Berry, a Sacramento software developer and head of the Programmers Guild, a professional association.

Microsoft, Intel Firings Stir Resentment Over Visas

Bloomberg – ‎Feb 20, 2009‎
Still, Grassley has supporters among groups that lobby for technology workers, such as the Programmers Guild and the Alliance for IBM.

Prepare for an influx of financial technology migrants from the US

eFinancialCareers UK – ‎Feb 18, 2009‎
Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild – a society for US technology workers – is unconvinced that the changes will make much difference in the short

Jan 15, 2009 Worker groups are skeptical. “It makes no sense to be spending $700 billion to create jobs while at the same time flooding in foreign workers,” says Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, an advocacy group for U.S. tech workers. As layoffs mount across the country, elected officials say they will pay close attention to such concerns. “There’s no way we’re going to do something that will injure the economic interest of Americans,” says Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), chair of the House subcommittee on immigration.


2008

Unions ready to set sights on cadres of techies
MSNBC – Dec 21, 2008
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Obama Brings Cyber Sensibility
CIO Today, CA – Nov 13, 2008
But any effort to welcome foreign-born tech workers won’t sit well with Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, an organization of technology workers

Roundup of the Week’s Reporting; Campaigns Down to Two Days
CNN International – Nov 2, 2008
JOHN MIANO, LAWYER, PROGRAMMERS GUILD: Since 1996, there have been scathing government reports about the H-1B program. And yet 14 years later, Congress has US probe finds fraud in H-1B visa applications
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Oct 29, 2008
Programmers Guild President Kim Berry said he was just as concerned about legitimate H-1B visas as he was about fraudulent ones.

Rate of H-1B Visa Fraud
BusinessWeek – Oct 8, 2008
The H-1B visa program has become increasingly controversial in recent years as groups such as the Programmers Guild and WashTech, which represent US tech

Black Monday Hits Tech Stocks, May Affect Workforce
PC World – Sep 30, 2008
Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, said IT workers employed in various industries are as vulnerable as other workers to layoffs

Fight over foreign student visa extension continues
FierceCIO, DC – Sep 24, 2008
That is the question pending in a federal lawsuit in which the Programmers Guild, the Immigration Reform Law Institute and others have been trying to stop

Are tech firms faking job ads to avoid hiring US workers?
InfoWorld, Sept 24, 2008

Programmers Guild president Kim Berry says companies prefer H-1B workers because foreign workers’ options are limited: They aren’t allowed to change jobs for several years, they ork overtime without pay, and they’re less likely to question management decisions. “It’s a form of indentured servitude,” he says. … Is this illegal? Technically not, says Berry. “But the companies are supposed to make a good faith effort to hire Americans. It’s not good faith if they’re getting resumes from highly qualified candidates and looking for reasons not to hire them.”

Should IT form a union?
InfoWorld, CA – Sep 4, 2008
“The diversity of employers and job skills makes unionizing IT workers unrealistic, other than within certain large employers,” notes Kim Berry, president of theProgrammers Guild, a nonprofit that works to advance IT issues. “But clearly IT workers need a voice to level the playing field against the powerful industry lobbying groups, like ITAA, Compete America, and NFAP.”

Losing workers? Blame Canada!
Philadelphia Daily News, PA – Jul 14, 2008
By contrast, John Miano, a fellow with the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, DC, believes Alberta’s visit is no threat to the country’s vitality

Extend your stay as a student
Hindu, India – Jul 12, 2008
Interest groups, including the Immigration Reform Law Institute and the Programmers Guild, recently filed a lawsuit in response to the interim rule,

Talent Blueprint Project promotes bringing in foreign-born Business Talent
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com, OH – Jul 7, 2008
Herman is still drumming up support for his proposal. But it’s likely to draw criticism from groups like the Programmers Guild, representing technology workers, and the AFL-CIO. They say skilled-worker visas are too often abused by companies seeking cheap foreign labor. Allowing more H1B visas means fewer jobs for college graduates trying to enter the technology work force, said Kim Berry of Sacramento, Calif., president of the Programmers Guild. “It shows an unwillingness of employers to hire someone and spend a month or two training them,” Berry said. “H1Bs are cheaper.”

The Myth of the Interchangeable Programmer: Can’t We Just Offshore
Datamation, CT – Jul 7, 2008
By John Miano Over my years of watching software projects, I have identified two mathematical formulas that guide much of the industry.

US Government Maintain the Need for Student Visa Extensions
GlobalVisas, UK – Jun 26, 2008
Opponents to the addition are the Immigration Reform Institute, The Programmers Guild and other groups, therefore technical workers who are in high demand

Visa caps should be lifted, employers say
Business Gazette, MD – Jun 24, 2008
Opponents of the program, which include the technical trade groups Programmers Guild and American Engineering Association, recently filed a lawsuit in

Labor probing work of major immigration law firm
The Associated Press – Jun 24, 2008
qualified American workers,” said Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, an advocacy group that believes immigrant hiring rules are too lax.

Bush Administration: Tech workers won’t be hurt by visa extension
Computerworld, MA – Jun 24, 2008
The administration was responding to a lawsuit filed in May by the Immigration Reform Institute, The Programmers Guild and other groups challenging the

H-1B visas do not create new jobs
InfoWorld, CA – Jun 24, 2008
Back on Oct. 25, 2005, I published excerpts from a study by John Miano, a member of the board of directors for the Programmers Guild, which refuted claims,

Steep Penalty for H-1B Scammer
eWeek,  NY – Jun 18, 2008
Groups such as the Programmers’ Guild, a non-profit which works to advance the issues of IT pros, that have long argued that the visa system is rife with

June 2008 immigration update – Part I
IndiaPost.com, CA – Jun 15, 2008
The law suit has been filed by Immigration Reform Law Institute and joined by the Programmers Guild and other groups, charging that the Administration’s

AFL-CIO says student visa extension hurts tech wages
Computerworld, MA – Jun 13, 2008
Opposition groups, including the Programmers Guild, are seeking a temporary injunction in US District Court in Newark, NJ, against the rule change.

iGate isn’t only ‘villain’ hiring foreign high-tech workers
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA – Jun 8, 2008
One party in the suit, the Programmers Guild, is the whistleblower that brought iGate’s ads to the Justice Department. John Miano, a former programmer,

H-1B opponents challenge Bush administration in court
Computerworld, MA – May 31, 2008
The suit, filed in US District Court in Newark, NJ, by the Immigration Reform Law Institute and joined by The Programmers Guild and other groups,

IRLI Sues Department of Homeland Security
Earthtimes (press release), UK – May 29, 2008
Three professional organizations, the Programmers Guild, American Engineering Association, and Brightfuturejobs.com, as well as individual members injured

MarketPlace News
Processor.com, NE – May 15, 2008
The Civil Rights Division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-related Unfair Employment Practices investigated the Programmers Guild complaint and ..

The Immigration Squeeze
Workforce Management, Ca – May 11, 2008
“It’s completely unnecessary,” says John Miano, a Summit, New Jersey, lawyer and computer consultant who founded the Programmers Guild.

DOJ settles H-1B job ad case for $45000
Computerworld, MA – May 5, 2008
A complaint against iGate Mastech was filed by the Programmers Guild in 2006. It was one of dozens of complaints lodged by the Summit, NJ-based organization

Consulting firm settles H-1B discrimination case
EETimes.com – May 3, 2008
The Programmers Guild opposed the plan in a separate letter to Congress. “Once obtaining a BS degree becomes a path to US citizenship, US universities and
Company Fined for Favoring H-1B Holders in Hiring IT Business Edge
Company Posting “H-1B Only” Job Ads Fined $45K eWeek
DoJ beats up tech firm for H1-B only job ads Register

Firm fined $45000 over alleged H-1B favoritism
CNET News.com, CA – May 2, 2008
A Pittsburgh computer consulting company accused of showing a preference for H-1B temporary visa holders in its job vacancy ads has agreed to pay a $45000

Kim Berry Commentary: Work Visas: Lose the Lottery

April 22, 2008 – BusinessWeek
Viewpoint April 22, 2008, 12:01AM EST Kim Berry from the Programmers Guild says that in the tech world, those who have the best skills are usually the ..

US work visa norms for students relaxed

Apr 18, 2008 Rediff
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Should U.S. Scrap H-1B Visa Lottery? – CIOs Uncensored Blog

InformationWeek, NY – Apr 16, 2008
Posted by Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, Apr 16, 2008 04:29 PM president of U.S. IT worker advocacy group Programmers Guild. is almost always on the opposite

Homeland Agency May Expand High-Skill Foreign Student Stay
Workforce Management, Ca – Apr 4, 2008
“It’s completely unnecessary,” says John Miano, a Summit, New Jersey, lawyer and computer consultant who founded the Programmers Guild.

MarketPlace News
Processor.com, NE – Apr 3, 2008
At the same time, H-1B critic The Programmers Guild offered a set of rules that includes a provision that visas be given to workers based on the salaries

H-1B Visa Petition Race For Fiscal 2009 Is Underway
InformationWeek, NY – Apr 1, 2008
Kim Berry, president of US IT worker advocacy group Programmers Guild, says he’s looking for several H-1B visa reforms, including “replacing the random

Skilled-Worker Visa Demand Expected To Far Exceed Supply
Washington Post, United States – Mar 31, 2008
allows companies to fill jobs with foreigners even when qualified Americans are available for them,” said Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild.

Another Wave of H-1Bs on the Way
MSNBC – Mar 31, 2008
“Raising the cap would be a boon for Indian bodyshops,” says Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild. “These firms produce nothing of value while they ..

Visa lottery for skilled workers has doubters
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX – Mar 31, 2008
John Miano, founder of the Programmers Guild, said the country’s liberal immigration policy threatens the jobs of American computer programmers,

Firms try working around visa shortage
Los Angeles Times, CA – Mar 31, 2008
“This is an outsourcing visa,” said Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, a Summit, NJ-based advocacy group that opposes more H-1B visas.

US firms brace for new squeeze on high-tech visas
AFP – Mar 29, 2008
Kim Berry of the Programmers Guild, an association of IT professionals who claims US workers are hurt by the visa program, says it can be fixed with an

Feds Take Hard Line on Immigrant Hiring, Visa Shortage for High
Workforce Management, Ca – Mar 28, 2008
Another critic, Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, proposed that the H-1B allocations be based not on a lottery but on how much an employer is

Tech firms make new push for H-1B visas
San Jose Mercury News,  USA – Mar 28, 2008
The Programmers Guild, an advocacy group for US computer programmers, has argued that the skilled-worker visa system has not protected the rights of US

Firms find skilled-worker visas too hard to get
Boston Globe, United States – Mar 23, 2008
Some US companies also abuse the L-1 system, according to Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, a group that seeks to protect the jobs of US

New limits put on lottery to get visa for top jobs
Chicago Tribune, United States – Mar 19, 2008
“We’re talking about protecting the American worker,” said Kim Berry, whose New Jersey-based group, the Programmers Guild, is made up of recently laid-off

US sets rules to keep H-1B visa lottery fair
Computerworld, MA – Mar 19, 2008
And while the USCIS set its criteria, the Programmers Guild, a Summit NJ-based group that has been an outspoken critic of the H-1B program, offered up its

Employers Prohibited From Filing Multiple H-1B Visa Petitions For
InformationWeek, NY – Mar 19, 2008
Meanwhile, American IT professional advocacy group Programmers Guild today is faxing a letter to USCIS urging the agency to dump its lottery method of

H1B Visas – Labor Shortage ? Not Really.
Gather.com, MA – Mar 17, 2008
The Programmers Guild, a trade union of IT workers, is fighting this attempt to shaft hundreds of thousands of American engineers and computer programmers.

Five reasons why the H-1B visa cap will increase
Computerworld, MA – Mar 15, 2008
The Programmers Guild has been effective in raising issues, but the real heavy weight organization, with true lobbying ability, is the IEEE-USA,

LOU DOBBS TONIGHT – TRANSCRIPT
CNN International – Mar 12, 2008

DOBBS: On Capitol Hill today, Microsoft’s Bill Gates claimed that American firms need more foreign worker visas even though Indian firms are the largest users of H1B visas. They do that for domestic outsourcing, you might know. And Gates even criticized U.S. immigration policy in Congress itself. Gates said the failure to pass immigration reform has in his words, “forced companies such as Microsoft to locate jobs outside the United States.”

BILL GATES, MICROSOFT CHAIRMAN: The importance of being able to retain and hire these top engineers, world top engineers is super important.

SCHIAVONE: Standing in the way, the current annual limit of 65,000 in the H1B visa program for highly-skilled individuals sought by employers like Microsoft.

GATES: U.S. companies face a severe short fall of scientists and engineers with expertise to develop the next generation of breakthroughs.

SCHIAVONE: Representing the rank and file, the Programmers Guild charges that’s not Microsoft’s main concern.

KIM BERRY, PROGRAMMERS GUILD: The biggest problem we have with the global economy isn’t our skills, it’s our wages. So yes, when we say this is necessary to increase global competitiveness, it means this is a way of lowering American wages.

SCHIAVONE: Meanwhile, thousands of H1B visas are going to Indian based outsourcing companies, like Infosys Technologies, nailing down close to 5,000. Wipro Technologies with 2,500. Satyam Computer Services with 1,400. Microsoft received 959 H1Bs last year.

Bill Gates says immigration, education reform needed for US to compete
EETimes.com – Mar 12, 2008
Programmers Guild, an IT worker advocacy group that is against raising the H-1B visa cap, spoke out against Gates’ proposals.

Gates to Advocate for Increase in Quota for Highly Skilled Foreign
CQPolitics.com, DC – Mar 11, 2008
“Anyone can set up a corporation to sponsor H1B visas,” said John Miano, founder of the Programmers Guild, an organization of computer programmers that

Study: H-1Bs prompt more, not fewer, American hires
CNET News.com, CA – Mar 10, 2008
In response to concerns from American computer programmer groups like Programmers Guild, some senators have proposed imposing additional obligations on US

Guess Who’s Getting the Most Work Visas

March 6, 2008 – BusinessWeek
Guess Who’s Getting the Most Work Visas. Indian outsourcers top the list of companies bringing foreign workers to the U.S. on the H-1B program

Should the US Be Training Its Competitors?
New York Sun – Feb 5, 2008
The Programmers Guild and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers are two such groups claiming that foreigners drive down wages for their

[Nov 23, 2007] A recent study, “The Bottom of the Pay Scale: Wages for H-1B Computer Programmers — FY 2004,” by Programmers Guild board member John Miano, found that H-1B workers in computer jobs were paid an average of $13000 less than US workers in the same jobs. From US Senate approves H-1B visa increaseInfoWorld

Nov 3, 2007] AP. SAN JOSE – The placards made clear this was not your typical immigrant-rights march: “We played by the rules, now it’s your turn,” read one. “Legal immigrants keep America competitive,” read another. High-tech workers here on federal permits are speaking out – many for the first time – about FromGreen-card delays stall tech firmsAZ Central.com

Foreign tech workers protest over snarled visa issue
International Herald Tribune, France – October 30, 2007
The green card application system is akin to “indentured servitude,” said Kim Berry, president of the Programmers’ Guild, a group that opposes current work


ABC News: High-Tech Immigrant Workers Speak Out

Oct 29, 2007 … Related Topics. Robert Hoffman … president of the Programmers’ Guild, a group that opposes current work visa laws. …

The Visa Shortage: Big Problem, Easy Fix
BusinessWeek – Oct 17, 2007
John Miano, of the anti-outsourcing advocacy group Programmers Guild(programmersguild.org). says these visas are frequently used to import low-level

Tension Growing Between Tech Groups Regarding Green Card Proposals
InformationWeek, NY – Oct 16, 2007
The Programmers Guild opposes expansion of the green card program for foreign tech workers, while the Semiconductor Industry Assoc. and IEEE-USA asked

US Tech Workers Fight Back
BusinessWeek – Oct 16, 2007
The Programmers Guild is issuing a rebuttal following calls for unlimited green cards for some foreign workers. Can Congress reach a compromise? by Moira

More green cards benefit US tech firms, workers, Congress told
CNet News.com Blog – Oct 12, 2007
The Programmers Guild, a group that represents American computer programmers and has been especially hostile H-1B increases, argues the changes sought by

The Great Tech Worker Divide
BusinessWeek – Oct 9, 2007
Meanwhile, John Miano, founder of the Programmers Guild, which represents tech workers, calls the idea of a labor shortage in technology the “big lie” that

Hiring video’s aftermath: Law firm says words ill-chosen, but
Computerworld, MA – Oct 5, 2007
But when Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild in Summit, NJ, saw the video, he annotated excerpts of it and posted his version on youtube.

Skilled Workers Deserve True Visa Reform

BusinessWeek Commentary – The programs for bringing foreign workers to the US are deeply flawed. They’re driving down wages and discouraging Americans from pursuing high-tech

The Myths And Facts Driving The H-1B Debate
InformationWeek, NY – Jul 20, 2007
That’s a standard rife with loopholes, says John Miano, founder of the Programmers Guild, which acts as an advocate for the software programming community.

Private Office or Cubicle for developers: The Debate Goes On
Computerworld Australia, Australia – Jul 13, 2007
John Miano, founder of The Programmers Guild in Summit, also believes that software development operations would improve if employers provided a workspace

Microsoft Looks To Dodge Visa Limits With Canadian Software Center
InformationWeek, NY – Jul 5, 2007
Conversely, worker groups such as the Programmers Guild claim that no such shortage exists and say tech vendors simply want to import cheap labor.

H-1B Bump: Not Dead Yet
CIO Insight, IL – Jul 2, 2007
Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, a Summit, NJ-based advocacy organization for computer programmers and technology workers, says high-tech

The vanishing American computer programmer
Christian Science Monitor, MA – Jul 1, 2007
The video was lifted from the law firm’s website and put on YouTube by the Programmers Guild, a nonprofit group with 1500 members, most of them older than

Immigration vote sinks H-1B visa deal
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA – Jun 30, 2007
Now, H-1B critics such as Rochester Institute of Technology Professor Ron Hira and Sacramento programmer Kim Berry — who forced the job shop issue into the

YouTube video puts sharp focus on tech job ads
ComputerworldUK, UK – Jun 29, 2007
The video was posted by the Programmers Guild, a Summit, professional association. It features excerpts from a series of videos that were posted previously

Visa spat: Indian firms in line of fire
Times of India, India – Jun 29, 2007
The clip, which was posted by a US programmers guild, has outraged American workers. One of the responses to the you tube video advocated violence to drive

H-1B Increase Dealt Death Blow
eWeek,  NY – Jun 28, 2007
IT worker advocates such as the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, a tech union, and the Programmers Guild, a tech worker advocacy,

Controversial YouTube video puts sharp focus on tech job ads
Computerworld, MA – Jun 28, 2007
The video was posted on June 16 by the Programmers Guild, a Summit, NJ-based professional association. It features excerpts from a series of videos that

Law Firm Helps Give H-1B a Bad Name
IT Business Edge, KY – Jun 27, 2007
It was promptly picked up by the president of the Programmers Guild, which opposes expansion of programs that make it easier for US firms to export foreign

Law Firm’s Video a ‘Blatant Disregard for American Workers’
eWeek,  NY – Jun 26, 2007
The Programmers Guild, a tech industry interest group out of Summit, NJ, posted a video on YouTube June 16 featuring excerpts from a series of videos

Legal immigrants wary of reform
The Argus, CA – Jun 7, 2007
“The law is just ridiculously set up to be abused with impunity,” said Miano, founder of the Programmers Guild. “This is the engine that drives off-shoring

New Immigration Bill Amendment Could Help Keep Foreign Tech
InformationWeek, NY – May 31, 2007
In a statement, US tech-professional advocacy group the Programmers Guild, called the amendment “a declaration of war on American tech workers.”

Everyone agrees it’s flawed, but how to fix it? Federal
San Francisco Chronicle, CA – May 26, 2007
Washington resident Rennie Sawade, a 44-year-old software engineer affiliated with the Programmers Guild, an organization of tech workers opposed to the

Bill Could Force H-1B Employers To Fund US Scholarships
InformationWeek, NY – May 24, 2007
pursuing tech-related degrees was proposed to lawmakers last fall by Kim Berry, president of the IT professional advocacy group Programmers Guild.

Labor Pains
HPCwire, CA – May 17, 2007
The Programmers Guild, an advocacy group for professional IT workers, estimates that 80 percent of H-1B holders are paid substantially less than their US

US Senators Lambaste Outsourcing Firms
PC World – May 15, 2007
The senators’ letter also seeks to address pay: “Some groups, such as the Programmers Guild, have analyzed the wages paid to H-1B visa holders.

Senators propose infinite H-1Bs for advanced degree holders
ZDNet – May 15, 2007
John Miano, founder of the Programmers Guild, a group that is concerned about foreigners displacing American computer programmers, said the proposal’s

Senators say offshore firms are H-1B visas’ biggest users
Computerworld, MA – May 15, 2007
The question about the average wage paid to H-1B visa holders was apparently sparked by a Programmers Guild study (download PDF) from December 2005 that

US lawmakers ask Indian firms to explain use of H-1B visas
Hindustan Times, India – May 14, 2007
Some groups, such as the Programmers Guild, have analysed the wages paid to H-1B visa holders. They have found that the average annual salary of foreign

Bill To Increase H-1B Visa Makes A Comeback In Congress
InformationWeek, NY – Apr 19, 2007
to drive down wages,” said Kim Berry, president of IT professional advocacy group, the Programmers Guild in an e-mail interview with InformationWeek.

Visa curbs may spawn offshoring
Mangalorean.com, India – Apr 6, 2007
that there are not enough skilled workers at ten to twenty thousand dollars below the market rate,” said John Miano, founder of The Programmers Guild. Guild president Kim Berry added by e-mail: “The fact that the cap was reached in one day indicates how important a cap is. The software job market is flat

Senate Bill Gives US Workers First Dibs on H-1B Jobs
eWeek, MA – Apr 6, 2007
[In June 2006, the Programmers Guild, an IT worker interest group, announced that they’d filed 300 discrimination complaints already that year against

US firms turn abroad as H-1B visa caps bite
Financial Express, India – Apr 6, 2007
That’s the reason why these companies love these visas,” said John Miano, founder of The Programmers Guild. Guild president Kim Berry added by e-mail: “The

Does H-1B surge mean cap should be raised?
CNET News.com, CA – Apr 4, 2007
Programmers Guild founder John Miano had a different take. The run on the visas is nothing short of “an organized campaign to exhaust the quota as quickly

New bill could make H-1B visas harder to get
iT News, Australia – Apr 4, 2007
Kim Berry, president of IT professional group Programmer’s Guild, said in an interview he hopes the Durbin-Grassley bill gains traction but would like to

Tech firms scramble for visas
San Francisco Chronicle, CA – April 1, 2007
Tom Abate, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sacramento software engineer Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild — which he describes as “disproportionately over age 40 and disproportionately

Tech worker scramble for employment visas to start
Alameda Times-Star, CA – Mar 31, 2007
By Michele R. Marcucci, STAFF WRITER
Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, which represents hundreds of tech workers across the country, said some companies are abusing the visas for

Region’s firms scramble for worker visas
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA – Mar 27, 2007
But, Kim Berry of Sacramento, president of the Programmers’ Guild, a “virtual” organization representing US programmers, believes there are a sufficient

Is There a Shortage of US Tech Workers?
Intranet Journal, CT – Mar 27, 2007
Their attitude is exemplified by the Programmers Guild, which claims that bringing in more foreign workers will enable US companies to pay $25000 less to

Bill Gates demands more H-1B visas
NDTV.com, India – Mar 20, 2007
The Congress is aware of this, but because of industry lobbyist has refused to close it,” said John Maino, President, Programmers’ Guild.

What Bill Gates Didn’t Say: H-1B Limits Will Lead To More Outsourcing
InformationWeek, NY – Mar 13, 2007
If you believe groups like the Programmers Guild, it’s because they want to replace expensive American workers with lower paid foreigners.

Gates: US Needs More Engineers
Wireless Week – Mar 8, 2007
Programmers Guild President Kim Berry argued that foreign workers “are pushing Americans out of the market.” Gates also recommended that the government

Gates calls for ‘infinite’ visas
Monterey County Herald, CA – Mar 8, 2007
Kim Berry, a computer programmer in Sacramento, Calif., and president of the Programmers Guild, said his group opposes creation of more visas because they

Programmers Guild Proposal
CNet News.com Blog – Mar 7, 2007
But it likely does not include the Programmers Guild proposal to raise the H-1b fee on employers to $5000 per year. With about 500000 H-1b workers in the US

Gates calls for ‘infinite’ H-1Bs, better schools | CNET News.com

.. such as the Programmers Guild, have fiercely resisted the idea. Businessweek: The h-1b program is a “conduit to offshoring”. Jake Leone

Gates in DC as new H-1B battle shapes up
Computerworld, MA – Mar 6, 2007
John Miano, founder of the Summit, NJ-based Programmers Guild — an opponent of H-1B who has testified in the Senate on program — believes Gates will have

Bill Gate to Plea for More Non-US Workers
American Chronicle, CA – Mar 6, 2007
Much of this information is readily available from the DOL and the US Programmers Guild. Mr. Kim Berry, President of the Guild has written in detail about

Jan 1, 2007] In the open letter to William Carlson, chief of the Division of Foreign Labor Certification, Programmers Guild President Kim Berry requested on behalf of the “displaced, unemployed, and underemployed US tech workers” that the FY 2007 LCA (Labor Conditions Applications) database be made publicly From Programmers Guild Pushes for H-1B Transparency.(Ki…eWeek (Free with registration)

 

High Five: Meet John Miano, Founder Of The Programmers Guild

InformationWeek, NY – Feb 3, 2007

John Miano launched the Programmers Guild, an advocacy group, in 1998, Privacy Rights | Copyright © 2008 United Business Media LLC, All rights reserved.


Programmers Guild fears lame duck Congress will pass the Skil Bill
InfoWorld, CA – Nov 10, 2006
Programmers Guild president Kim Berry sent out an alert to his minions today asking them to contact their elected representatives not to vote for the Skil [Securing Knowledge, Innovation and Leadership], Senate Bill 2691 and its counterpart in the House H.R. 5744, sponsored by Republican John Cornyn in the Senate and Rep. John Shadegg [R-AZ] in the House.

Should H-1B Employers Pay For US Students’ Degrees?
Information Week Weblog, NY – Nov 1, 2006
Would more Americans pursue technology careers if those students got their college educations for free? The Programmers Guild is about to announce a new proposal advocating that the U.S. government provide “100% subsidies” of tuition and expenses for American students enrolled in degree programs in computer science, engineering . . . funded by hiking government fees that U.S. companies pay to employ foreign H-1B visa holders to $5,000 per worker, per year.

Programmers Guild Calls on Congress to include U.S. Worker Protections in the Pending SKIL Bill
American Chronicle, CA – Oct 14, 2006
“It is legal to sponsor H-1b workers even when qualified US workers are available,” according to Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild.

Help Wanted: H-1B Visa Required
Information Week Weblog, NY – Oct 6, 2006
The e-mail came from Roy Lawson, a member of the Programmers Guild, a professional society that has been highly critical of the H-1B visa program.

Hired hands: Wait for green card tries visa holders
Sacramento Bee,  USA – Aug 3, 2006
There wouldn’t be so many people waiting for green cards if there weren’t so many people on H-1B visas,” said Kim Berry, a Sacramento high-tech worker who is president of a group called Programmers Guild, an anti

Brief: Open Up H-1B Apps So US Workers Can Apply, Advocate Says
InformationWeek, NY – Jul 24, 2006
US IT worker advocacy group the Programmers Guild has asked the Labor Department to provide public access to employers’ H-1B application data for fiscal 2007sooner rather than later. In a letter sent to a Labor official last week, guild president Kim Berry says he wants U.S. tech workers to have the chance to more fairly compete for jobs that might otherwise go to foreigners.

Programmers Guild Pushes for H-1B Transparency
eWeek, MA – Jul 21, 2006
In the open letter to William Carlson, chief of the Division of Foreign Labor Certification,Programmers Guild President Kim Berry requested on behalf of the “displaced, unemployed, and underemployed U.S. tech workers” that the FY 2007 LCA (Labor Conditions Applications) database be made publicly viewable, so that U.S. tech workers can apply for these positions while they are still open.

Programmer’s Guild Wants Feds to Open H1B Request Data
Technocrat.net, MA – Jul 20, 2006
A domestic advocacy group, the Programmers Guild, is requesting the US Department of Labor to release the data they allege is being held on which companies

Group Wants US Govt. To Reveal Who’s Asking For H-1B Workers Now
Information Week Weblog, NY – Jul 19, 2006
Kim Berry, president of advocate group, Programmers Guild, says he wants US tech workers to have the chance to more fairly compete for jobs that might

Touching a policy stove
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX – Jul 14, 2006
The Programmers Guild, an advocate group for US-based computer professionals, says the average H1-B computer programmer earns $57,000, compared to the median

Americans need not apply?
Orlando Sentinel, FL – Jul 13, 2006
The Programmers Guild, an organization advocating for US-based computer professionals, is arguing that the prevailing wage protections in pending immigration

Doing H-1B Math, In Dollars And Sense
Information Week Weblog, NY – Jul 13, 2006
who enter the US with H-1B visas are paid about $25,000 a year less than American workers with the same skills, according to the Programmers Guild, an advocate

5 Dampers on IT Worker Confidence
Channel Insider, NY – Jul 7, 2006
The report came on the heels of an announcement by the Programmers Guild, an IT worker interest group, that it had filed 300 discrimination complaints so far

The H-1B Prevailing Wage is Substantially Below the Median Wage of
Emediawire (press release), WA – Jul 6, 2006
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 6, 2006 — The Programmers Guild, an organization advocating for US-based computer professionals, finds that the prevailing wage

The Use—And Abuse—Of L-1 Visas
SHRM Magazine, VA – Jun 30, 2006
Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, an organization formed during the dot-com boom to help tech workers develop their careers, says that because

White House to push forward on H-1Bs, R&D credit
ITworld.com, MA – Jun 30, 2006
This month, the Programmers Guild said it was in the process of filing about 380 complaints over H-1B hiring abuses to the US Department of Justice.

A browser here, and a browser there
Indian Express, India – Jun 28, 2006
An IT industry association, the Programmers Guild, has asked the US Department of Justice to stop this ‘‘abuse’’ of the H-1B programme.

Complaints Filed Over Firms Seeking H1-B Holders
Slashdot – Jun 23, 2006
Vicissidude writes “Since May, the Programmers Guild has filed 100 complaints with the US Department of Justice, accusing several companies of advertising that

Some H-1B workers underpaid, federal auditors say
ZDNet – Jun 23, 2006
Earlier this week, the Programmers Guild, which represents information technology workers, said it filed more than 300 complaints of its own this year with the

Programmers Group Files Lawsuits Over H-1B Abuse
Northwest innovation, WA – Jun 22, 2006
The Programmers Guild, which lobbies against H-1B and offshore outsourcing, said that it has filed compliants with the US Department of Justice this year over

Group Files Complaints Over H-1B Job Ads
CIO, MA – Jun 22, 2006
The Programmers Guild, a group representing IT workers, has begun filing what will amount to about 380 legal complaints against US companies advertising that

Poof! H1-B Visas Gone
InternetNews.com – Jun 5, 2006
Critics such as the Programmers Guild and labor unions claim US tech firms use the visas to hire foreign talent at lower wages than US IT workers. Best? Brightest? A Green Card Giveaway For Foreign Grads Would Be
ILW.com, NY – May 30, 2006
However, the Programmers Guild and the AFL-CIO Department of Professional Employees (DPE), both of which share IEEE-USA’s negative view of the H-1B program

The Failed Bush Economy!
OpEdNews – May 27, 2006
coming into the technology fields, using H1B visas, which are holding back wages and causing employment problems for US workers.” (John Miano, Programmers Guild

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Private Office or Cubicle for developers: The Debate Goes On
Computerworld Australia, Australia – Jan 15, 2006
John Miano, founder of The Programmers Guild in Summit, also believes that software development operations would improve if employers provided a workspace that

Foreign visa story sparks debate
El Paso Times, TX – Jan 15, 2006
under the H-1B visa. Kim Berry, president of the national Programmers Guild, also criticized the program. But a publicist for David

High-tech workers feel betrayed by visa hires
Dailyrecord.com, NJ – Jan 9, 2006
or science?”. Rinaldi, a member of the Programmers Guild, met with Frelinghuysen in December to discuss the H-1B visa bill. He said


US Senate approves H-1B visa increase
NetworkWorld.com, MA – Nov 4, 2005
A recent study, “The Bottom of the Pay Scale: Wages for H-1B Computer Programmers — FY 2004,” by Programmers Guild board member John Miano, found that H-1B

Tech Wins Big in Senate Budget Bill
InternetNews.com – Nov 4, 2005
According to the Programmers Guild of the United States, employment in US software and related fields dropped from 2.1 million in March 2001 to 1.7 million in

US Engineering Jobs Sold for $500 Each
Always On – Nov 2, 2005
TUCKER: The president of the Programmers Guild, an association of technology workers has an equally straightforward take on the legislation.

H-1B visa: Nasscom mum on US guild report
Sify, India – Oct 30, 2005
Pune: The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has declined to comment on the study by the Programmers Guild in the US which has

Laboring the Point
FrontPage magazine.com, CA – Oct 27, 2005
“The idea to organize is met with either apathy or downright hostility,” says John Miano, the founder of the Programmers Guild, a professional organization

Career Updates 10/27/05
CS Alum, Kim Berry, has a cause. He wants to protect American tech jobs.
Among the evidence will be a study by the Programmers Guild that H-1B workers

Research finds US H1B visa holders paid less
Workpermit.com, UK – Oct 26, 2005
According to “The Bottom of the Pay Scale: Wages for H-1B Computer Programmers — FY 2004,” a report by Programmers Guild board member John Miano, non-US

US Senators push for 50 pc hike in H-1B visas
Hindu Business Line, India – Oct 22, 2005
It may be recalled in this context that the Programmers Guild, an advocacy group for US technology workers, had recently published a report saying that it had

Senate Committee Proposes Paying Down U.S. Budget Deficit by Selling 30000 U.S. Jobs For $500 Each
PR Web (press release), WA – Oct 22, 2005
“This is a bake sale on the deck of the Titanic, and American workers are the cupcakes,” states Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild.

H-1B visa holders being paid lower wages, says US tech workers’
Hindu Business Line, India – Oct 14, 2005
of its proposal to the World Trade Organisation that the US raise its annual cap for H-1B visas from 65,000 to 1,95,000, the Programmers Guild, an advocacy

Salary concerns renew H-1B visa opposition
CNET News.com, United States – Oct 6, 2005
The Programmers Guild, an advocacy group for US technology workers, claims to have found new evidence indicating that H-1Bs in computer occupations are being

 

7/6/2005 – WebProNews, KY – BLS Data On Jobs Projections May Be BS

In the BLS list of the fastest growing occupations from 2002 through 2012, computer application engineers and systems software engineers made the top ten list, as did network systems and data communications analysts.  Correspondence from John Miano and Kim Berry of the Programmers Guild questioned a publicly discussed contention originating from the NEA’s annual meeting that high school students should consider computer classes. They cited the continued growing practice of outsourcing well-paying programming jobs and computer industry calls for removal of the H-1B visa cap.In short, why enter a field where US employers have minimal desire or need for domestic computer engineering graduates?

7/1/2005 – CNET News.com – Coding for $15 an hour?

. . . $15 per hour for a computer programmer makes the position fall below the 10th percentile for the programming occupation both nationally and in California, where the job is said to be located. It’s less than what some security guards make. And it has Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild advocacy group, steamed about the way domestic techies have to compete with a greater number of foreign workers. A $15-per-hour coding gig doesn’t jibe with the recent expansion of the H-1B guest worker visa program, Berry argued in an email Thursday.

6/30/2005 – ArriveNet (press release) – ITAA Study Reveals High Unemployment and Minority Overrepresentation in IT Fields

While bemoaning high unemployment, especially among females, and underrepresentation of native-born workers of all races within the IT job market in their recent study, ITAA continues to advocate for the H-1B program, which is a root cause of these problems.”U.S. employers are simply not creating enough jobs for skilled IT workers, causing upwards of 15% of IT professional to be displaced from the profession in the past four years,” states Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild. “Therefore our organization urges Congress to create a visa category to attract the “best and brightest” foreign employers to the U.S. – on the condition that they exclusively hire unemployed U.S. workers for their IT slots.”

6/27/2005 – ZDNet – Coder group: H-1Bs behind women’s decline in IT

The Programmers Guild plans to release a report this week that re-examines data from a workforce diversity study published last week by the ITAA

5/13/2005 – Sacramento Business Journal – Most ‘green card’ request come from Intel

Kim Berry, a local engineer and tech labor activist, believes the [“green card”] advertising requirements are a sham, part of a virtual rubber-stamping of applications by the government. He suspects that the job ads are written by attorneys hired to craft a description matching the exact qualifications of the foreign national already on the job, likely on a temporary work visa. That would let the company dismiss local applicants as unqualified and seek a green card for the foreign worker.Berry says there is no shortage of qualified U.S. tech workers. “These are American jobs that they are giving away,” he said.

Berry closely tracks technology job ads in The Sacramento Bee, and said he’s seen “dozens” in recent years that have all the characteristics of ones designed to exclude American workers. As for Intel, he said, “There have been no Intel help-wanted ads in the Sunday Bee for at least two years.”

4/13/2005 – Sacramento Bee – Conflicting H-1B visa news has US firms confused

Kim Berry, a Citrus Heights resident who is president of theProgrammers Guild, believes the additional visas are unnecessary, and will take jobs from American workers. The guild is an organization of computer programmers.“There’s no provision that qualified Americans should be considered first when these visas are granted,” he said. “If you bring in 20,000 more visas, that’s 20,000 more American workers added to the unemployment rate.”

Berry said employers prefer foreign workers because they’re cheaper and are tied to an employer for a period of years. But Intel’s Koon said her company must pay visa and legal fees to hire foreign workers.

12/6/2004 – Raleigh News & Observer – Higher visa limit gets mixed reception

. . . But Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, a Summit, N.J.-based group opposing the new visa extension, isn’t so sure. He worries that companies hire foreign workers to prepare them to handle the jobs when they later are shipped overseas. “The reason people form a government is to have it protect them,” he said. “And one thing we need as citizens are good jobs.”

12/3/2004 – Sacramento Business Journal (letter) – Consider U.S. workers first

Hewlett-Packard and Intel secured dozens of H-1B applications in fiscal 2004 for this region, even as both laid off scores of skilled Americans and didn’t run help-wanted ads or recruit at local colleges. Here’s theProgrammers’ Guild URL to the 1,000 H-1B applications that the Department of Labor approved in fiscal 2004 for the Sacramento region (readers can judge if no Americans could fill these positions): www.programmersguild.org/RIR/.

11/22/2004 – Las Vegas Sun – Some high-tech groups claim H-1B visas unfair

Some high tech professional organizations have spoken out against the proposed increase in the cap of H-1B visas. Such groups contend that companies are pushing for an extension on the cap for high-tech workers in order to create a surplus of workers.

“They want workers to be like the buffet line,” Kim Berry, president of the Programmer’s Guild, said. “From the company’s perspectives they always like the surplus of workers and H-1B visa workers are like indentured servants.”

10/14/2004 – Christian Science Monitor (opinion) – Endangered species: US programmers

The US Chamber of Commerce, for instance, wants Congress to revisit the cap “to ensure American business has access to the talent it needs to help keep our economy strong.”

That rationale makes no sense to the Programmers Guild and other groups that have sprung up to resist the tech visas. Since more than 100,000 American programmers are unemployed – and many more are underemployed – the existing 65,000 quota is inexcusably high, they argue. H-1B and L-1 visas are “American worker replacement programs,” says the National Hire American Citizens Society.

5/1/2004 – San Jose Mercury News – Jobs that stay here — but not for Americans

Concerns about the impact of the H-1B program, which raised hackles when it let in legions of foreign tech workers at the peak of the Internet boom, are back again. Hurting from high unemployment after the tech bubble burst and spooked by all the election-year buzz about offshoring, displaced U.S. workers are claiming double jeopardy.

“These jobs never make it to the help-wanted ads or get posted online,” said Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, a Web-based advocacy group that criticizes offshoring and the H-1B program.

9/1/2003 – CIO Magazine – No Americans Need Apply

CIO Magazine September 1, 2003 CoverShortly after Flanagan’s death, Soong went to his first meeting of an unemployed tech workers group called No More H-1B—a bold step for someone who never thought of himself as particularly political. He now attends meetings at least every other week with Programmers Guild and Communications Workers of America…

Every day Soong makes the rounds of employment agencies. When he is lucky he gets a temporary job answering phones or testing video games, nothing that ever pays more than $10 an hour.

6/2/2003 – San Francisco Chronicle – Techies see jobs go overseas
Opposition to offshore outsourcing beginning to grow

The Programmers Guild is lobbying for a federal law requiring companies to notify customers if an overseas contractor has access to financial or personal data. This would apply to the growing number of companies using customer service agents and back-office processing based overseas.

6/27/2002 – EE Times – Russia looms as software service successor to India

When one American company tells other American companies that it can meet their software needs with Russian programmers, the language of American programmers may well move beyond ones and zeros. Indeed, John Miano’s language goes gloomy, predicting the impending decline of the U.S. software industry if companies continue to send programming jobs overseas.

As founder of the 1,300-member Programmers Guild, Miano reacts angrily when companies like PWI Inc. (Red Bank, N.J.) offer to ship U.S. programming tasks to their Russian labor pool. “The way things are going,” Miano warns, “it’s likely that in 20 years, the U.S. will no longer be the leader in software development it is today.”

4/29/2002 – St. Petersburg Times – Permit for exploitation?

John Miano, head of the Programmers Guild, a Summit, N.J., trade group that has long opposed the H-1B program, doesn’t expect the flow of foreign workers to be affected at all by economic or security concerns. “It’s quite grim right now and Americans are losing their jobs because of this program,” Miano said. “But this is an issue driven by money, and the H-1Bs are a giant source of cheap labor.”

6/4/2001 – Wired News – Coders to Get With Guild Program

A cadre of about 1,000 coders have banded together in what they call the Programmers Guild. They are calling on software engineers to unite to protect jobs, wages and even the quality of their digital craft.

5/9/2001 – CCN.Com – IT guild: A once and future union?

(IDG) — In the 1930s, muscle-bound steel workers served as poster boys for organizations that eventually would merge and be folded into the AFL-CIO — the American Federation of Labor, in the 1950s a rising power as the country’s umbrella union organization. . . . Today, it’s the often less-thanapping IT worker who has slipped behind the wheel. Can brainy software engineers replace brawny men of yore as spokesmodels for labor unions and exploited workers in the new economy? The answer is yes. And no.

4/26/2000 – SiliconIndia.com – American workers protest H1-B cap raising

New York – Members of groups representing American high-technology professionals staged a demonstration outside the Nasdaq Stock Exchange here to protest the increase in H1-B visas and hiring of foreign workers. The protesters from the American Engineering Association (AEA), the American Programmers’ Guild and Fair Employment in Silicon Valley held placards and posters that read ‘Don’t Trade our Jobs Away’ and ‘No More H1-Bs’.