They Must Ask Questions

4 02 2015

Rosemead, California

Computer World:

Southern California Edison IT workers ‘beyond furious’ over H-1B replacements

Information technology workers at Southern California Edison (SCE) are being laid off and replaced by workers from India. Some employees are training their H-1B visa holding replacements, and many have already lost their jobs.

The employees are upset and say they can’t understand how H-1B guest workers can be used to replace them.

Because they can!

“They are bringing in people with a couple of years’ experience to replace us and then we have to train them,” said one longtime IT worker. “It’s demoralizing and in a way I kind of felt betrayed by the company.”

Yes, the company is bad enough.  But you should feel more betrayed by your elected officials.

You should ask your politicians and prospective politicians questions about this matter, and research their policy positions.  Even some of the supposedly better politicians on immigration are shockingly “generous” about H-xB and J-x and other forms of legal immigration.  Yes, Ted Cruz, I’m looking at you.

The H-1B program “was supposed to be for projects and jobs that American workers could not fill,” this worker said.

That’s the propaganda of the open borders lobby.  The reality is that the real purpose of H-1B was to keep the salary scale of high education professionals down.

“Not one of these jobs being filled by India was a job that an Edison employee wasn’t already performing,” he said.

But the Indian will do it for much cheaper.

SCE said the transition to Infosys and Tata “will lead to enhancements that deliver faster and more efficient tools and applications for services that customers rely on.

Infosys…you mean Infoshit.

SCE said Infosys and Tata were selected through a competitive process that began “with eight potential vendors, some of them United States-based.

Even some of these “United States-based” vendors are full of H-1B visa holding Asians.  They are nothing more than Indian bodyshops that happen to be based in Amurrika.

Displaced IT workers have long protested and complained about the use of H-1B workers, but they are overshadowed by large tech companies that lead H-1B lobbying efforts in Washington.

The displaced (real) American CSIT-STEM workers speak truth to power.  The large tech companies are the powers that create their own truth.

Replacing U.S. workers with H-1B workers violates the spirit if not the letter of the law.

And that is correct.  But don’t look for the law to save the day when the U.S. Attorneys work for a U.S. Attorney General who in turn works for a President whose Presidential campaign got a lot of money from PACs linked to legal immigrant gluttonous industries.

The use of H-1B workers has other implications as well. They are mostly young, under 35 years of age, according to government data, and the SCE workers interviewed said many older workers were being laid off. H-1B workers are also overwhelmingly male. The IEEE has estimated that as many as 85% are males.

That has been Norm Matloff’s point all along.  Young Asian/Indian men, cheap, no families, little health care expenses.  Once they get 35, and their own health care expenses increase and they may be starting in on families, out they go for a fresh new crop of 22-year old Asians/Indians.

Some of the SCE employees say the outsourcing move is linked to a 2012 report that found fault with the IT management culture. The report, by a consulting firm’s incident management team, followed a December 2011 shooting, where an employee fatally shot two IT managers and wounded two other workers before taking his own life. The gunman worked in the IT department.

The consultants interviewed IT workers who told them that some managers were “autocratic, authoritarian and draconian in their approach.” Full-time employees complained of working excessive hours, including weekends and holidays. The report said that “these difficult and exhausting conditions are reportedly having adverse consequences on employees health, including increased stress and irritability.”

The root cause of all that is the existence of H-1B in the first place, not some off-kilter managerial culture.

UPDATE 2/7

The “solution” is worse than the problem it supposedly solves.





5000 Memory Lane

12 01 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Hotel Room

As I was surfing YouTube earlier this morning, I found this video on the suggested videos sidebar:

I don’t know what possessed Google’s algorithms to suggest this.  But as luck would have it, I once owned this machine.  (Google now has clairvoyance algorithms?)  I bought it, or rather, it was purchased for me, in August 1989, before I started the 7th grade.  And this thing got me through the rest of middle school, high school, the SAT/ACT, and the first year of college.  While I owned other calculators at the same time, some way more capable than this one, this was my go-to machine for all those years, and in some ways, it was my math teacher, too.  Eventually, I had to switch full time to one of my more powerful machines, simply because my math courses outclassed the fx-5000f.  And it just so happened that at that time, some of the rubber keys broke off, the mechanical contrast wheel got iffey, and the power switch got temperamental.

While my late fx-5000f has been in calculator heaven ever since the fall of 1996, I still have its manual.   Which was itself a pretty good math book.





What Difference Does It Make?

26 12 2014

Amurrika

All you needed to know about this article and its subject matter is this line deep down in the paragraph count:

“It was a very strong reminder that even the best organizing in the world really only has an impact on the margins,” he said. “It’s important to acknowledge that atmospheres still matter, and the American people will have their say regardless of technology you are going to produce.”

This is a conclusion I reached awhile back.  At first, the nerd in me believed the hype coming from the political and tech media that the Democrats’ big data game made the difference in 2012, but I ran away from that mentality when real data came out throughout 2013 in regards to who did and did not turn out, both overall and marginally compared to 2008.  All the niche constituencies which supposedly responded to the Democrats’ big data game actually had a lower turnout in 2012 compared to 2008.  The only two groups that turned out more in 2012 than they did in 2008 were middle aged black women (45-64) and elderly black women (65+), and that wasn’t because of big data.  Obama eked it out because his campaign was able to goose the turnout of middle aged and elderly black women to stratospheric highs for racial reasons, and Mitt Romney couldn’t sell the deal to working-middle class whites north of the Mason-Dixon line.  It had nothing to do with Hispanics, “war on women,” or big data.

 





Amazon Echo

9 11 2014

Seattle

amazon-echo

A $200 wifi connected beer can that talks back at you and gets it wrong half the time.





If At First You Learn Nothing from the Los Angeles Unified School District

27 10 2014

Moline Acres

But hey, if it failed in the big failing school district, it’ll succeed in the small failing school district.

“It,” of course, was one of the things that the John Deasy, the recently sacked LAUSD super-nintendo, staked his reputation upon.  And it was a flop, for one very crucial reason.

Well, two crucial reasons.  I am told that LAUSD WiFi is catch as catch can, and “can” means not often.

Yes, Moline Acres, as in the Moline Creek, the one that runs through the heart of the Fergaza Strip.





How We Think When We’re Not Allowed to Think

25 10 2014

Fremont, California

Engadget:

Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour

Ever heard of Electronics for Imaging? We hadn’t either until this morning, but it’s apparently a multimillion dollar, multinational, public corporation based out of Fremont, California. And the United States Department of Labor just caught EFI red-handed in an investigation, which found that “about eight employees” were flown in from India to work 120-hour weeks for $1.21 per hour. EFI apparently thought it was okay to pay the employees the same wages they’d be paid in India (in Indian rupees). Here’s the unbelievably crazy sounding quote EFI gave to NBC’s Bay Area affiliate: “We unintentionally overlooked laws that require even foreign employees to be paid based on local US standards.”

Just so we’re clear: is there anyone reading this who doesn’t know that any person working in the United States is legally required to be compensated according to United States laws?

Alberto Raymond, an assistant district director with the US Department of Labor told NBC, “It is certainly outrageous and unacceptable for employers here in Silicon Valley to bring workers and pay less than the minimum wage.” And that applies to EFI especially, which posted just shy of $200 million in revenue in its last financial quarter. EFI is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange, and the company’s in the business of computer peripherals (mainly printer-based stuff).

The eight employees are being paid $40,000 in owed wages; they were reportedly installing computer systems at the company’s headquarters. EFI was charged $3,500 — yes, seriously — for being at fault.

When the truth is off limits and taboo, people have no choice but to construct increasingly stupid and unstable conceptual frameworks to explain what they see and the world around them.

Officially, the offending element of this story is the fact that “Electronics for Imaging,” and I’m presuming it’s some sort of Infosys-style body shop, paid people well under the minimum wage.

Reality check:  Even if they would have paid these people the California minimum wage ($9 an hour), I think this would still be scandalous news.  Nine clams an hour in an expensive place like the Bay Area might as well be the same as $1.21 an hour.

The real scandal is mass immigration (legal aliens with legal immigrant visas, in this case, the H-1B) being used as a weapon to drive down the wage-salary equilibrium to transfer wealth from the employee class to the employer class.  Without that, this work in Fremont, California would be getting done by paying native born white American high IQ high credential and maybe also high experience CSIT people very high salaries and wages, and I can assure you that such a wage-salary equilibrium would be far far far far higher than $9 an hour.

But we can’t talk about immigration as economic warfare against the employee class, because we can’t talk about immigration.  And we can’t talk about immigration, especially when it has racial implications, because fascist Nazi six million Jews.  So what do we do?  We talk about it in the irrelevant economic terms of artificial price floors.





The Incredible Shrinking Linebacker

2 09 2014

Cleveland

St. Louis native Christian Kirksey should watch this movie.

ESPN needs to know:  Does a 14-inch tall linebacker shower with other guys on the team or all by himself?

 








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