PROGRAMMERS GUILD E-NEWSLETTER
"KILL SKIL BILL" ISSUE
A massive threat to U.S. tech workers is pending in Congress. We are asking
all tech workers to phone their Congressman and the sponsors of the SKIL Bill,
asking them to either oppose this bill or amend it to include the provisions of
The Cornyn-Shadegg SKIL Bill
is a Trojan horse with a risk of being attached
to an unopposable omnibus appropriations bill in the
lame-duck session after the elections. This could result in a 1.5 million
underpaid H-1B workers entering the U.S. by the year
2013 - into a flat job market of about 4 million
Americans - with no requirement to first recruit
qualified U.S. workers: 30% of U.S. workers may have their
professions destroyed by the Congress that is supposed
to be protecting their constitutional liberty interest
in working in their chosen profession:
There is no
give preference to qualified U.S. workers - your
citizenship means nothing to your Congressman... Google
says, "did you mean 'KILL Bill'"?
||# H-1B Visas
The sponsors of the SKIL Bill are below. You can find the D.C. phone
number for your congressmen at
SKIL Bill Sponsors
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX): (202) 224-2934 – formerly an attorney
Senator George Allen (R-VA): (202) 224-4024 – formerly an attorney
Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO): (202) 224-5941 – formerly a Veterinarian
Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT): (202) 224-5444 – formerly a management consultant
Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY): (202) 224-3424 – formerly a computer programmer
Senator Trent Lott (R-MS): (202) 224-6253 – formerly an attorney
Pascrell Contact: See
IEEE-USA recognizes the threat of SKIL Bill, and is also opposing it. If you
value your career, consider joining
www.programmersguild.org and committing to making a few phone calls to your
congressman each month.
Programmers Guild Press Releases
Guild Calls on Congress to include U.S. Worker Protections in the Pending SKIL
Bill H-1b Visa Legislation
On October 10th we stated the reasons why we
oppose the SKIL Bill. Even the California Department of
Transportation is hiring H-1b workers when qualified U.S. workers are available. Caltrans claims that hiring H-1bs
over Americans who are waiting on the civil service exam list is "their policy."
The problem with hiring H-1b when Americans are available is that consumes the
H-1b quota, fueling
the call for the SKIL Bill increases.
This press release is
causing a debate among the pro-H-1b crowd at Immigration Voice. (Please
refrain from jumping in - you won't change any minds there, and it's more
valuable to monitor.) Among the claims is
that H-1b workers are paid the prevailing wage. Note that, even though most are
citizens of other countries, they are calling on the U.S. Congress to pass the SKIL Bill
to benefit them.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
asking its clients and members to contact congress, so that they can protect
their $100,000,000 industry of displacing U.S. workers.
addressed "prevailing wage" in a press release last July, explaining how the "level 1"
prevailing wage, used by over 80% of applications for H-1B, is set at the 17th
percentile of U.S. wages.
Prevailing Wage is Substantially Below the Median Wage of U.S. Workers
The mainstream media is ignoring the harmful
aspects of the H-1b, which the above press releases present. Please help
distribute these to your local media.
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Political Music Video
Singer and songwriter
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This website allows you to
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copyright, there might be some political content worth archiving under Fair Use.
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