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January 10, 2017
UCSF Outsources IT Jobs, Spurs Concern from Other UCs
IT outsourcing begins at the University of California's San Francisco campus. Will other UC campuses follow the worker-shedding trend?
December 06, 2016
Will President-Elect Trump Pursue H-1B Reform?
Politicians make many promises in an effort to get elected. For President-elect Trump, one promise was to tackle H-1B visa abuse. Will this become a cause for the new administration or will it suffer from bureaucracy?
November 02, 2016
A New H-1B Bill Dies – It Wanted to Close One H-1B Loophole (and Open Another)
A bill regarding H-1B visas was scheduled to go to vote in Congress, but was suddenly removed. What happened? What would the bill have changed? What does this mean for the future of H-1B visas?
October 07, 2016
Yahoo’s Breach of Trust
Yahoo's recent hack, and their very delayed announcement of it, is a scary example of what can happen when you offshore your IT. Data security is important for all of us.
July 05, 2016
The Visa Programs Available for U.S. Work, Study – and Foreign Labor Abuse
Which visas do major corporations use to bring foreign workers into the U.S. (legitimate and otherwise)? We have the list here, straight from the book "Sold Out." Visa abuse is rampant . . . but it's not hopeless. Use this information to inform your next political action!
May 27, 2016
California Community Colleges Want to Train a Future-Ready Tech Workforce
The future of IT isn't here yet. But we can train American workers for it. The California Community Colleges want to help - they've released recommendations to help students prepare for the future IT workforce.
April 29, 2016
1,500 Reshoring Supporters from 47 States and Counting!
Since we began sending out "Reshore Your IT" bumper stickers, we've received over 1,500 requests for them from 47 states. Many of these Reshoring supporters included kind words & messages. We've collected several such messages here for everyone to appreciate.
March 28, 2016
Abbott Labs of Illinois Begins Showing U.S. IT Workers the Door
Abbott Labs, a manufacturer of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and health foods, has begun offshoring IT jobs. They've caught some political flack for it...but are still proceeding.
February 23, 2016
The O-1 Visa – What Businesses Should Use to Bring In Top Foreign Talent (But Don't)
The U.S. has a visa, intended to attract the best & brightest workers from overseas, with no limit on number of applicants. But it's not the H-1B Visa. And there's a reason you've never heard of it.
January 25, 2016
Does H-1B Use Create More Jobs for Americans?
Are Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and a bunch of politicians right? Do H-1B visas create more American jobs? The data seems to support them - if you throw some of it out.
December 17, 2015
The NSA Still Collects Your Emails (They Just Do It Offshore Now)
We were told the FISC court ordered the NSA to stop collecting American emails. They did, within U.S. borders - by moving the operation offshore. Is this acceptable, even in light of the recent tragedies worldwide?
November 24, 2015
Carl Icahn Invests in a Super PAC to Improve Corporate Tax Policy (and Bring American Jobs Back from Overseas)
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has a plan to reverse the offshoring trend--and he's putting $150 million into it. Icahn will benefit from his plan, of course. But Americans benefit too, in the form of more jobs staying within our borders.
October 23, 2015
3 More U.S. Companies Offshore IT Jobs
Add 3 more businesses to the crowd throwing American IT workers out, and replacing them with foreign workers overseas. The New York Times uses Toys 'R Us, New York Life, and Cengage Learning as examples of H1B abuses.
September 28, 2015
California Lawmakers (Finally) Take Action on H-1B Worker Replacements
It took 7 months, but the California State Assembly is moving on two bills protecting our state utilities. And American IT workers. Naturally, opposition comes from companies who want to replace those IT workers with cheaper foreign labor.
September 15, 2015
Building Up the American IT Workforce
As part of our commitment to building up a strong American IT workforce, we have a new Engineer-in-Training. Kevin Wachs is a fresh graduate from Santa Clara University. We gain a new tech, Kevin gets a jump-start to his IT career...American gains another IT professional.
July 13, 2015
Disney Cancels its Latest Outsourcing to H-1B Effort, Returns Jobs to American IT Workers
Disney backed off its plans to outsource more IT jobs to foreign workers with H-1B visas. Negative press on the decision likely prompted the reversal. While this is great news for the American IT workers involved, it highlights the need to keep talking about offshoring in the coming election year.
June 02, 2015
A Mickey Mouse Decision: Replace American IT Workers with H-1Bs
The "Happiest Place on Earth"? Disney is replacing many of their IT workers with foreign labor using H-1B visas. They claim it's not to cut costs...but Disney's CEO is on record as supporting a rise in the H-1B visa cap. Here's the story.
May 05, 2015
Corporate Lobbyists are arguing for H-1Bs (and against U.S. Workers) on the Senate Floor
In April 2015 the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the H-1B visa program. Corporate lobbyists tried hard to dismiss real-life stories from workers displaced by foreign H-1Bs. See for yourself who those lobbyists are lobbying for.
April 06, 2015
Southern California Edison Lays off Workers, Replaces Them with H1Bs
Southern California Edison is laying off 400 IT workers and replacing them with H1Bs. It's so egregious a betrayal it caught Senator Jeff Session's notice...but will it help the U.S. tossed out the door?
February 02, 2015
Bad News, and Worse News on the Reshoring Front
There's bad news on the offshoring/Reshoring front. Two more companies are increasing the number of jobs sent overseas. One is bad. The other is worse.
November 17, 2014
GoDaddy and Danica Patrick Encouraging Young Women to Get into STEM
NASCAR driver Danica Patrick has added a #STEM hashtag to her car, in support of young women entering the STEM fields. Her sponsor, GoDaddy, wants to see more young women in tech. So do we.
September 29, 2014
The CIO Scholarship Fund: CIOs Helping Students Enter the STEM Workforce
On September 19, a group of executives gathered to play golf for charity. A charity helping send IT and engineering students to college. When PlanetMagpie heard what the charity was for, we gladly joined them!
September 01, 2014
CNET Series on Silicon Valley’s Tech Woes Addresses H1Bs...and Then Breezes Right Past
CNET has posted an article series called "Vexed in the City" documenting some of the tech issues hitting San Francisco. High rents from tech workers, protests...they even mention the H1B problem. But how it's handled leaves something to be desired.
July 26, 2014
America Stumbles on STEM Job Opportunities
If America has risen to the challenge of providing quality STEM education, what has it done about providing those newly-minted STEM workers with jobs? The outlook here is disappointingly bad.
June 28, 2014
America Rises to the Challenge in STEM Education
Has America risen to the challenge of providing critical STEM education to its students? From all the schools, programs and activities we found, the answer is overwhelmingly "yes"!
May 29, 2014
Our Solutions to the Offshoring Problem
How could the U.S. solve its offshoring problem? It would take law, and changes in business, and effort. But it can be done. Here are PlanetMagpie's recommendations for reshoring IT jobs and revitalizing the U.S. economy.
April 29, 2014
Tech Giants Vs. Senator Durbin on Immigration Reform: Is Anybody on the Side of the American Worker?
Senator Durbin wants the tech giants to stop demanding more H-1Bs. His alternative is a bureaucracy-laden "reform" bill that gets some things right and many things wrong. Both he and the FWD.US group are missing the point about where offshoring really hurts...and what should be done about it.
March 23, 2014
Is the Tech Industry a Government Scapegoat...or Causing New Problems as it Solves Old Ones?
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel says the government is hampering innovation by shackling tech companies. But some of those tech companies may be contributing to the innovation problem another way...
February 24, 2014
Reshoring Awareness Shows Up at the Super Bowl
You know a trend has reached common awareness when it shows up at the Super Bowl. The Made in USA Challenge site collected examples of Reshoring from this year's Super Bowl advertising.
January 14, 2014
H1B Workers Hired to Work on State Healthcare Exchanges – What’s Wrong with this Picture?
Despite the Healthcare.gov fiasco, two states are turning to contractors with offshore operations and H1B workers to build their own healthcare exchanges. Why would they do this?
December 03, 2013
Reshoring In Action: Apple to Build a Manufacturing Plant in Mesa, Arizona
Apple is following through on statements made last year to reshore some manufacturing operations. Mesa, AZ will be home to 700 permanent manufacturing workers for Apple products at a new facility.
October 30, 2013
Why Healthcare.gov Doesn’t Work: Offshore Development, Rushed Programming
Why is Healthcare.gov failing? Turns out the contractor who developed Healthcare.gov was rushed by the federal government, and spent millions on offshore developers for the site. We believe these factors ruined the new site's chances and wasted taxpayer money.
September 28, 2013
Is the "tech skills gap" due to lack to talent...or are employers too picky?
Does a "technology skills gap" really exist? Or are employers simply ignoring the glut of qualified IT candidates in the U.S., in favor of cheaper H1B workers? One CIO writer thinks the gap is here, and huge. We're not so sure.
August 28, 2013
Critics Railing Against Tech Giants' H1B Lobbying
The San Francisco Chronicle reports on tech giants' self-serving H1B visa push. They cite a study saying the "tech skills shortage" doesn't really exist. A Silicon Valley leader refutes it, despite his public support for more H1B visas. Who's telling the truth?
July 05, 2013
What is FWD.us - Benevolent Nonprofit or Corporate H1B Lobby?
FWD.us makes itself out to be a benevolent group of tech all-stars, pushing for major reforms design to benefit all. But is this accurate? What is FWD.us really after - and how does it affect the U.S. economy?
June 07, 2013
Bay Area IT Firm Calls for Accountability on TechNet.org Signatories Lobbying for More H1B Visas
PlanetMagpie has called tech giants to account for their support of increasing H1B visas instead of hiring U.S. tech workers. They have sent a letter to 100+ organizations asking them to support Reshoring their IT instead.
June 04, 2013
Companies Look to Home-Grow US IT Workforce
New programs are launching which help students train for and line up IT jobs companies need. Schools and businesses working together to provide necessary skills. PlanetMagpie VP Doreyne Douglas is cited in this article from the Associated Press.
May 28, 2013
Tech Executives Push for More High-Tech GuestWorkers, Despite Half of STEM Grads Going To Other Industries
Half of U.S. STEM graduates aren't finding STEM jobs, leading to a weaker national infrastructure. Meanwhile, more than 100 tech executives are asking Congress for more H1B visas to import tech workers from overseas.
March 20, 2013
Foreign STEM workers don’t guarantee higher IT productivity or innovation. Do we really need more H1Bs?
Studies are finding that not only are H1B foreign workers not dominating the STEM fields in America, but an increase in the number of H1B visas will not benefit the U.S. workforce. So why are 10 U.S. Senators pushing for more H1Bs?
October 17, 2012
Secretary Panetta Warns of Cyberattacks on the Horizon
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently spoke about cybersecurity, saying we are not fully prepared if a large-scale cyberattack were to hit the U.S.
October 07, 2012
Apple to Begin Manufacturing in the U.S. in 2013
Apple has announced that they'll begin manufacturing a new Mac computer in the U.S. starting in 2013.
September 14, 2012
PlanetMagpie Expose—The Argument for ReShoring IT
PlanetMagpie IT Consulting has published a research report in their WOOF! newsletter, highlighting the mounting risks of sending IT-related work offshore and the domestic alternative of "ReShoring".
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