Feb. 19, 2017 Blumbers

Outsourcing to India Threatened

On Feb. 14, 2017, NPR’s Julie McCarthy wrote “Indian IT Outsourcers Anxious Over Potential Changes To H1-B Visas” about legislation from the new administration possibly ending the H1B visa and green card programs. Stephen Yale-Loehr of Cornell University said that last year  “U.S. companies that sought to bring highly skilled workers to the U.S. filed 236,000 petitions that went into a lottery for just 85,000 H1-B visas, the legal cap.”

“One bill proposes more than doubling the minimum wage of H1-B holders, which by law is set at $60,000. Critics argue the H1-B has been misused to displace American workers, and that there has been an incentive to prefer Indian IT workers because they are cheaper.  Shailesh Chitnis, with the data mining and analysis company Compile, says that while the median salary for all H1-B holders is $71,000, most but not all Indian outsourcers pay below that. If they had to double salaries, Chitnis says, Indian IT companies would have to change their 20-year-old business model.” American companies may be forced to hire citizens at fairer market rates like $120,000.

“Shevendra Singh with India’s National Association of Software Services Companies, or NASSCOM, refutes allegations that Indian companies are dislocating American workers or supplying low-paid labor.”

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Feb. 5, 2017 Blumbers

Citizen Status Symbol

On Jan. 29, 2017, Bloomberg’s Peter Elstrom and Saritha Rai wrote “Trump’s Next Immigration Move to Hit Closer to Home for Tech” about the new administration’s immigration restrictions on high tech workers. It affected Infosys, TCS, Tech Mahindra and Wipro’s ability to supply cheap H1B labor to Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Salesforce, Microsoft and Twitter. “Ron Hira, an associate professor at Howard University, who has done extensive research on the subject, points out workers at outsourcers are typically not treated as well as others. The median wage at outsourcing firms for H-1B workers was less than $70,000, while Apple, Google and Microsoft paid their employees in the program more than $100,000, according to data he collected. That suggests the American companies are going after true, highly skilled employees, while the outsourcers are recruiting less expensive talent, he said.”

On Jan. 31, 2017, The New Republic’s Clio Chang wrote “Silicon Valley’s Uneasy Muslim Ban Dance” about Silicon Valley’s reaction to the new restrictions. “Within the structure of American capitalism, the average tech CEO has more in common with a billionaire like Donald Trump than with the average immigrant worker or refugee. That many of them continue to find ways to work with Trump and to undercut protests to protect their profits should come as no surprise. Trump is ushering in a plutocratic era that requires us to demand the most from those in powerful positions; to do so, we must first shed the assumption that Silicon Valley is on the side of the people.”

Quietly many tech executives are furious. They helped get the president elected hoping they would not have to pay taxes. The money they thought they would make may have to go toward hiring US citizens at market rates. Citizens also have an advantage because they have no travel restrictions as there might be with visas or green cards. Foreign workers who are captive in a way that even Frederick Douglass would be concerned but U.S. citizens can just walk across the street. You know, all that free market stuff conservatives talk about, until they need help.

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Feb. 1, 2017 Events To Attend

Here are some events you might want to attend. Check with the respective organizations for more information.

Date: Feb. 4, 2017 2:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Schmooze

Speaking: Chapter Members

Venue: Black Bear Diner, 5100 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Date: Feb. 8, 2016 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Networking with a side of Write The Docs proposals

Speaking: Mo Nishiyama

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, 27th floor, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Feb. 8, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Get it in Writing: How to Write Contracts for Content Development Projects

Speaking: Jack Molisani

Venue: Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA 94618

Date: Feb. 13, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic:Advance Your Career Through Self-Publishing

Speaking: Liz Fraley

Venue: IHOP Restaurant 4200 Great America Pkwy. Santa Clara, CA 95054

Date: Feb. 15, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Localization Best Practices and Translation Processes

Speaking: Chris Bono

Venue: Qualcomm Building Q, 6455 Lusk Blvd., San Diego CA 92121

Date: Feb. 21, 2017 8:00AM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: Using Content Automation in Your Content Strategy

Speaking: Scott Allshouse

Venue: Doubletree Club Hotel—Orange County Airport, 7 Hutton Centre Dr. Santa Ana, California 92707-5794

Date: Feb. 25, 2017 6:00PM

Org: SVEC

Topic: 2016 Engineers Week Banquet

Speaker: Dale Dougherty, Chenming Hu, Richard Stuart, David N.K. Wang

Venue: Hyatt Hotel, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Date: Feb. 28 – Mar 2, 2017, 8:00AM

Org: Writers UA

Topic: ConveyUX 2017

Speaking: Joe Welinske and many others

Venue: Motif Seattle Hotel, 1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

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Jan. 29, 2017 Blumbers

Tanks Trump

On Jan. 19, 2017 The Huffington Post’s Jessica Schulberg wrote that Donald Trump told the Washington Post that he wanted the military to “come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue” when he came to power.  It included tanks and missile launchers. What was he thinking? Crowd control?

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Jan. 22, 2017 Blumbers

Sinking Feeling

Yesterday the streets were flooded with demonstrators and water. Neither is going away. Thirty foot waves are pounding the coast on a daily basis.

According to the BBC and NPR, last week an iceberg the size of Delaware began breaking off the Antarctic ice shelf. As it melts, the Millennial Tower in downtown San Francisco is sinking under its own weight. A castle built on sand. Home to the wealthy, the tower is a symbol of the Bay Area’s speculative real estate market and the price the poor can no longer pay. There are tens of thousands of homeless people walking down streets of empty houses. On weekends whole neighborhoods are as quiet as an abandoned movie set. Even people who thought they were wealthy are unable to stay. They thought they were safe from the process they encouraged. They are not.

They bragged about being disruptive when businesses closed. While I expected art galleries, bookstores and record stores to close, I did not expect fabric, camera or food stores to close. Restaurants close because the cannot pay their rent. You know things are bad when Walmart closes. It also affects public safety. Dentists, doctors and nurses are forced out. Police and firefighters move out. Eventually, there will be an earthquake. They may not get here in time.

Where will the next generation of Silicon Valley come from? Not from here. Schools close as teachers cannot afford to teach. The Tech Shop is moving out of its San Jose building for other digs.

I am looking for a silver lining. Maybe rising sea levels and property values forcing people away from the coasts will save more lives as the sea level rises.

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Jan. 21, 2017 TC Camp

On Jan. 21, 2017 at Mission College in Santa Clara, TC Camp held technical communication workshops on GIT, Minimalism, Microlearning and more. Speakers include Liz Fraley, Peter Gruenbaum, Mysti Berry, Dawn Stevens, Beth Chagrin, Andrew Davis, Tom Johnson, Jenn Leaver, Sarah Maddox, Jeffrey Maramba, Gwen McLean, Gavin Nichols and Cynthia Rich.

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Jan. 20, 2017 TC Camp

On Jan. 20, 2017 at Mission College in Santa Clara, TC Camp held an Workshop with SDK Bridge’s “Introduction to Web APIs” with Peter Gruenbaum.

On January 21, 2017 there will be technical communication workshops on GIT, Minimalism, Microlearning and more. Speakers include Liz Fraley, Mysti Berry, Dawn Stevens, Beth Chagrin, Andrew Davis, Tom Johnson, Jenn Leaver, Sarah Maddox, Jeffrey Maramba, Gwen McLean, Gavin Nichols and Cynthia Rich.

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