PROGRAMMERS GUILD E-NEWSLETTER
ELECTION 2006 ISSUE
Programmers Guild endorses James Webb in Virginia
covered last month, a key issue for U.S. tech workers that is likely to play
out after the election is the SKIL Bill. Among the hottest Senate races in
country is between challenger James Webb and incumbent and SKIL Bill sponsor
Republican George Allen in Virginia. In contrast, Webb is on record as opposing
the H-1b program "except in the most extraordinary cases." A lively debate is on
This is a close race. If you live in Virginia, please get the word out that
Allen is a threat.
We recommend voting against all sponsors of the
SKIL Bill, and a phone call to their offices explaining why they lost your
Here's a profile of the
50 Richest Members of Congress. Many own significant stock or other
interests in corporations that benefit from an unlimited flow of cheap labor. 21st
Century America is fine when you can escape to Pebble Beach in your private jet. How do measure
up? Senator John McCain, with $29 million, ranks tenth.
Newsflash: Naturalized Citizens have the Right
On cannot image that an immigrant
would go through the naturalization process and not be aware that, as a sworn
citizens of the United States, he has the right to vote. But just to be sure,
the California Secretary of State teamed up with MALDEF and
NCLR to inform them, by
mailing this letter - which bears the insignias of these organizations.
On roughly the same day these organizations
ridiculed President Bush for signing the border fence bill. Mario Obeldo,
former head of MALDEF, stated that ''California is going to be a Hispanic state.
Anyone who does not like it should leave.'' And a former president of MALDEF
published a UCLA study advocating voting rights for illegal aliens.
Aussies do have bigger balls - refusing to train their
unofficial ambassadors of Australia, AC/DC, have long proclaimed "We've
got the biggest balls of them all." Now the Aussies are proving it. "Upset
at losing their jobs due to offshoring, IT workers in the
St George Bank in
[Melbourne] Australia have
refused to train their Indian replacements."
The employees of the Bank were warned in September that they would lose their
jobs and were told last Tuesday they would assist training new staff through a
"buddy system." With buddies who aim to steal your job, who needs enemies?
Qantas Airlines is also taking heat for moving 340 IT positions to India.
In contrast to American labor unions that often
advocate for "Amnesty for illegal alien scab workers," the
Finance Sector Union
of Australia has taken a strong position on behalf of their members.
Programmers Guild proposes free tuition for U.S. Engineering Students
The Programmers Guild is
finalizing a proposal to Congress whereby a $5000 fee on each of the 500,000
H-1b workers in the U.S. would be used to subsidize the costs and tuition, up to
$20,000 annually, enabling tens of thousands of additional Americans to attain
and Engineering or Computer Science degree. Industry lobbying group
and SKIL Bill proponents
CompeteAmerica has already summarily rejected the proposal.
Lap Dances traded for H-1b visas
Deputy nonimmigrant visa chief Michael John
O'Keefe at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto was
indicted on bribery and conspiracy charges for accepted free flights to Las
Vegas with exotic dancers and other bribes to speed up the visa process for a
jewelry company. Indian native Sunil Agrawal, CEO of
STS Jewels, Inc, was also
charged. The LCAs for STS Jewels, approved by the U.S. Department of Labor,
The Programmers Guild objects to giving away U.S.
jobs to $30k foreign accountants and programmers with no requirement that
qualified Americans be considered first - even if no lap dances are involved.
InformationWeek reported how guild member Roy Lawson challenged an employer
for advertising exclusively for H-1B workers.
Slum Tours of India - Bottomless Pit of Cheap Labor
There are only about
3.5 million IT jobs in the entire United States - and roughly 500,000 are
filled by H-1B workers. Sadly, there are more slum dwellers than that within
single cities in India. Bombay, for example is
home to over five million slum dwellers.
If you are bored with Hawaii, consider a "Slum
Tour" of the largest slum in Asia in Mumbai, India. The tours are conducted
by Reality Tours and Travel.
India and China outnumber the U.S. by a factor of seven, and these workers
represent an endless supply of desperate cheap labor to
U.S. corporate interests.
They could take every job in America and barely put a dent in their
The U.S. should be doing what it can to help these people. But Programmers Guild
members draw the line at granting them visas and then being forced to train them
to displace us from our careers.
A Corporation opposed to Offshoring? America4Sale.net
Corporation (NYSE: NUE) is one of the largest steel producers in the United
States. CEO Dan DiMicco has been an
outspoken critic of unfair trade with China, and is apparently now funding
www.america4sale.net, running ads
such as this in newspapers across the country.
Microsoft Visual Web Developer
Arguably the best web development tool on the
planet is also free.
Microsoft's Visual Web Developer Express is a free download, and their
website contains 20 hours of video tutorials as well as several starter kits.
Unlike prior versions, you do not even need IIS on your PC - this will develop
high-end web applications on a basic XP-Home computer.
Microsoft® Office Accounting Express 2007
Microsoft just released another free express product: You can download a
fully functional copy of Accounting Express
IEEE TV now available to the public
IEEE has recently opened their
online TV programs to the public, including segments pertinent to career
planning and new technology.
Most of us are familiar with "Patterns."
however, contains several "anti-patterns - development approaches to avoid.
FL Studio - Digital Recording Studio on the PC
If you've ever dreamed of having a digital
recording studio, now you can download an amazing package for free. (You'll need
to purchase the software in order to save your projects. But you can learn a lot
from the demos.) www.flstudio.com
Pop Culture Persistence
For the first time in his 30 year career,
Weird Al Yankovic, has hit the top 10. You can
the video on YouTube.
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