Category: Food For Thought

Late last month, we asked you if developers should form their own union.

Your response was clear: yes. Some 66 percent of respondents to our survey want tech pro unionization.

The tech industry is in great shape. A choice to form a union is not a Hoffa-esque call to arms. Instead, it represents a protection of what tech pros already have. We’re seeing salary levels hit a ceiling, and a field of developers who don’t feel valued at their job.

If you wanted signs that things are potentially boiling among tech pros, look no further than Google. It was only after a blockbuster New York Times article and a worldwide walkout amongst its staff that the search-engine giant ended mandatory arbitration for reported sexual harassment. The 20,000-strong walkout wasn’t blind anger, though: the staff had demands, one of which was the end to arbitration for sexual harassment claims.

In an article for The Cut, those walkout leaders paint a picture of an employee corps petrified of action for fear of retaliation. If the New York Times piece was the first domino, the loosening of arbitration was second – and they want more to fall.


You can also report allegations of H-1B violations by submitting Form WH-4 to the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

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Acosta’s profound ignorance on immigration makes his moral preening on the subject insufferable.

The current unemployment rate has dipped all the way down to 3.7%. This is because so many Americans have fallen completely out of the labor market. There are now 95.9 million people not in the labor force, an increase of 6.1 million from April 2013. About 55 million of those not in the labor force are between the ages of 18 and 65. The labor participation rate is down to 62.9% and shows no signs of rebounding to a healthy level.


It is not only tech workers who are being forced out of jobs in America

Many people believe that since they are not tech workers, what is happening in the tech industry via ageism and companies like InfoSys, Tata and Cognizant, among others who refuse to hire Americans in America will not happen to them.

They are mistaken.

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If you look at the last column to the right, you will see that 59.53% of all H-1B applications were for Computer and Mathematical Jobs.

But, if you will dig deeper, you quickly realize that:

  • 9.29% were for Business and Financial Operations.
  • 7.83% were for Architecture and Engineering
  • 5.79% were for Life, Physical and Social Science
  • 5.19% were for Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
  • 4.24% were for Management

Add all of that together and you quickly realize that 91.87% of all H-1B applications from 2009 till 2015 were for 21.33% of the total jobs America had in 2015

Some will say that this does not matter because there are still 78.67% of jobs remaining in America.

And to an extent, they are right if they do not want to build a better life for themselves other than the one they were born in too.

Simply because, if you study 5th column in that spreadsheet, you quickly realize those are the best paying jobs that America had in 2015 and the ones that you need if you want to afford the finer things in life like a house, car, etc.


How many Native Born American Citizens has Infosys hired is my question.

Infosys in May 2017 said it would hire 10,000 American workers by 2019 and the company has already hired over 6,200 of them since it made this people announcement.

Infosys’ investment in Texas reinforces the company’s commitment to driving digital transformation for American enterprises by leveraging local talent alongside the best global talent. These new Texas employees will include recent graduates from the state’s prestigious network of colleges, universities and community colleges who will benefit from upskilling through Infosys’ world-class training curriculum, said the company here on Wednesday.

Pravin Rao, Chief Operating Officer, Infosys said, “Digital is rapidly changing every industry, and our new innovation and tech hubs will allow us to co-locate, co-innovate and co-create alongside our clients.”

Commenting on this development, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “Infosys’ expanded investment in Texas is fantastic news for our state and will provide Texans with the training and skills they need to compete in today’s technology-driven economy. Every Texan should have the opportunity to advance economically, and we thank Infosys for helping even more Texans become part of the workforce for the future.”


Stuart Anderson, how many of those employees are American Citizens?

Other top employers among immigrant-founded billion-dollar companies are WeWork (6,000 employees), Mu Sigma (3,500), Palantir Technologies (2,000), Unity Technologies (2,000), Houzz (1,800), Sprinklr (1,400), Warby Parker (1,400), Medallia (1,300), Zoom Video (1,300), Apttus (1,200), CrowdStrike (1,200), Rubrik (1,200), Anaplan (1,150), Stripe (1,100), Compass (1,000), Peloton (1,000) and Slack (1,000).


H-1B and H-4 spouses are not immigrants as they are both non-immigrant guest worker visas.

The US President Donald trump is no fan of immigrants. This is well known. But given that it is the USA, the Trump government still has to play by the rules. The rules allow a lot of leeway to immigrants, which include hundreds of thousands Indian IT workers that are employed in the US through the H-1B Visa programme. Now, even as the Trump administration tightens rules for issuing H-1B visas, the US government officials are also seemingly pushing for changes into the H-4 Visa that will see the spouses of H-1B visa holders no longer qualifying for work under most circumstances.

The change in the H-4 visa rules — it may happen in less than three months from now — will majorly hit the wives and husbands of Indian H-1B visa holders. The number of people affected by the change in the H-4 rules could be as high as 70,000 and most of them are going to be Indians.


I would like to ask these two senators, do they represent U.S. citizens in their state or India?

It is strange that Indian American Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif) and Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) are supporting Indian immigrant women for their H-4 visas by writing to the Department of Homeland Security and US Citizenship and Immigration Service to reconsider a proposed rule that will strip them of their ability to work in the U.S., because it will lead to isolation, depression, anxiety feeling of guilt and loss of self-worth?

I would like to ask these two senators, do they represent U.S. citizens in their state or India?

U.S. corporations have found a sneaky way to lay off their American workers, and hire cheaper H-1B visa holders, a majority of them from India.

Why pay someone in U.S. dollars, when you can hire another person by paying him/her in Indian rupees. Most of the Indians who are here on a temporary basis, multiply what they are getting by 73 or whatever the exchange rate is that time. I have seen H-1B visa holders shivering in a T-shirt on BART stations in the month of January. A $30 sweater costs a lot of money when multiplied by 73. There are reports of 6 H-1B visa holders living in a two bedroom apartment taking turns in sleeping. I know of men who signed for $100,000 and were paid half of that amount in cash.

Companies have laid off U.S.-based employees and hired cheap H-1B visa holders from India. Disney and UCSF are two recent examples of this scam. What about the isolation, depression, anxiety, feeling of guilt and a loss of self-worth of these American employees?

Well, it does not matter, they can retrain – doing what – making hamburgers!