Press Releases

Programmer’s Guild Press Releases

Date: October 10, 2006The Programmers Guild Calls on Congress to include U.S. Worker Protections in the Pending SKIL Bill H-1b Visa Legislation

The current H-1b visa cap of 65,000 would never be reached if this guest-worker program were reformed to limit its use to those cases where no qualified U.S. workers are available and close the loopholes that legally permit the underpayment of market wages. Congressman Pascrell’s H.R. 4378 would provide those reforms.

Date: July 6, 2006

The H-1B Prevailing Wage is Substantially Below the Median Wage of U.S. Workers

While several bills, such as the “SKIL Act of 2006,” aim to nearly double the annual H-1B quota, all such bills provide for the legal displacement of U.S. workers by underpaid foreign workers under a flawed prevailing wage provision. The H-1B “prevailing wage” is a sham that allows employers to pay H-1B workers 25% below market wages while claiming full compliance with the law.

Date: June 19, 2006

Programmers Guild Files 300 Discrimination Complaints against H-1B Employers

As special interests pressure the Senate to lift the cap on H-1B visas, the Programmers Guild has filed complaints against over 300 companies whose help wanted ads discriminate against Americans, denying U.S. workers even equal access to U.S. jobs.

Date: February 3, 2006

President Bush Lies about U.S. Tech Labor Shortage

Yesterday President Bush joined the immigration attorneys and cheap labor advocates in propagating the lie that “there are more high-tech jobs in America today than people available to fill them.”

Date: October 22, 2005

Senate Committee Proposes Paying Down U.S. Budget Deficit by Selling 30,000 U.S. Jobs For $500 Each

In a callous disregard for unemployed U.S. tech workers, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to import 30,000 more foreign workers each year with no provision that qualified U.S. workers even be considered for the positions.

Date: August 30, 2005

U.S. Department of Labor Reserving 65,000 U.S. Jobs for Foreign H-1B Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has approved applications for 65,000 H-1B visas. Since the H-1B workers cannot fill the positions until after October 1st, all of these represent open U.S. jobs, Throughout August groups have called upon DOL to publicize these openings to qualified U.S. workers. To date DOL has declined.

Date : Wednesday, June 29, 2005

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