If you know anyone affected by all of the IT layoffs, please forward this to them...and check this site...while it still exists...(and all of the links...they are quite interesting...get pro-active on the petition...politicians notice stuff like that...and check Sun Microsystem's class- action suit.
> Here's the story of a US CITIZEN, a highly skilled
> technical worker. Read it and take action TODAY.
> Tomorrow it could be you. The future of your
> children is in jeopardy, if you do not act today
> they will have none.
> Where Did All The Jobs Go? - The H-1B Situation
> I am a software engineer currently looking for work. My
> job skills are current. In fact, I filed a patent at my last
> employer. I have submitted hundreds of resumes for
> various positions. I have only had a few job interviews.
> However, those interviews were quite informative. For
> example, on a recent interview, I immediately noticed
> that the software managers and engineers were from other
> countries. This appears to be the situation at all the
> companies I have recently interviewed with.
> I was aware that Congress had recently doubled the
> number of H-1B visas for skilled foreign workers. In fact,
> 1,000,000 H-1B workers will be employed in the U.S. by
> the end of 2002. That's right - one million people. That's a
> lot of jobs especially since unemployment is at record
> What is the H-1B program? If you don't know about it,
> you better learn about it quickly because it may be the
> reason you don't have a job. "The H-1B non-immigrant
> program is a voluntary program that allows employers to
> temporarily import and employ non-immigrants admitted
> under H-1B visas to fill specialized jobs not filled by U.S.
> Each company hiring an H-1B employee is required to
> file a Labor Condition Application (LCA). An LCA is an
> application filed by a company that wants to hire a
> foreign national to fill a position within the United States.
> With this in mind, I wanted to determine how many
> engineering positions were filled by H-1B engineers at a
> given company. Since this should be public information, I
> went to my trusty search engine looking for a LCA
> database. For some reason, it does not appear that the INS
> ( http://www.ins.gov) or other government web sites
> provide a LCA database. However, I finally found a web
> site which has a LCA database at
> The database link is at
> Their advanced database search is very helpful. For
> example in the advanced search, select the state as
> California, enter a city as Santa Clara, enter the employer
> name as Hewlett Packard and enter number of records as
> 50 then press the submit query button. You can see the
> positions and salaries of the H-1B employees. Looking at
> the data, we are not talking about a few dozen positions.
> We are talking about literally hundreds of positions. This
> is only for the HP offices in Santa Clara. Go back and do
> the above search but leave the enter a city blank. You will
> see that Hewlett Packard employs hundreds and hundreds
> of H-1B workers. Moreover, we are not only losing
> engineering jobs but H-1B visas are being granted for
> almost any conceivable position. Just look at the LCA
> database to see what types of jobs are being denied to
> U.S. citizens.
> This appears to be the only site with a LCA database so I
> wondered who created the site. There is an interesting
> article about its creator at
> With the current economic conditions, many large firms
> have instigated massive layoffs. Many engineers have
> been unable to find work for months. As mentioned
> above, the H-1B program allows employers to
> temporarily import and employ non U.S. citizens to fill
> specialized jobs not filled by U.S. workers. Go back and
> look at the list of jobs filled at Hewlett Packard by H-1B
> employees. I personally know of many individuals who
> are qualified for those positions but are unable to find
> work. Something is seriously wrong.
> I've been told by many permanent and contract hiring
> agencies that companies now prefer to hire H-1B workers
> and work them long hours at lower wages - knowing they
> won't say anything fearing they would lose their H-1B
> status. At my last firm, the engineering manager had his
> engineers working many weekends. When one of the H-
> 1B engineers complained, he said that there were plenty
> of engineers in Taiwan that wanted his place. I have
> heard other engineers say that managers like to threaten
> H-1B engineers with losing their H-1B status unless they
> do exactly what they are told. I've also heard and
> personally noticed that many companies are hiring H-1B
> managers with the expressed purpose of having them fill
> engineering positions with H-1B engineers from their
> respective country. Many companies are finding this an
> inexpensive way to lower costs as discussed in a recent
> USA Today article titled "Tech Firms' Hiring Practices
> Ignore Idle Americans"
> Dr. Norman Matloff, professor of computer science at the
> University of California at Davis, also supports these
> Someone wrote me to ask "Why do US citizens deserve
> the jobs more than H-1B workers?" Well, think about it.
> If tomorrow, 1,000,000 technical jobs in say New Delhi
> were suddenly replaced by American workers, the Indian
> government would be very upset. The problem is the
> sheer number of people since one million H-1B workers
> will be employed in the U.S. by the end of 2002. There
> needs to be a more balanced system in which everyone
> comes out ahead. Countries need to provide the
> infrastructure for their own engineers to develop
> businesses and find employment at home. Globalization
> should mean that software projects are jointly developed
> between countries rather than having everyone move
> here. The myth is that the U.S. has unlimited space but
> just look at the traffic congestion in most U.S. cities.
> What was initially a reasonable idea has grown into a
> monster of unreasonable size.
> Another person wrote me to say "If economics is the
> corporate motivation, isn't it more effective to take the
> entire division offshore? You don't need any H1-B visas
> for that." You have to remember there is a good reason
> that everyone is coming here rather than starting
> companies in other countries. The infrastructure of roads,
> legal systems, communications and schools does not exist
> in most countries. This infrastructure exists because U.S.
> taxpayers have been paying for it over many years. If
> companies had to build a similar infrastructure offshore,
> the cost would be prohibitive for them. The H1-Bs use
> our schools, roads, etc. but have not had to pay taxes over
> many years for their construction. Hence, citizens paid
> for the schools and roads which companies use for H1-Bs
> to replace citizens. So companies and H1-Bs get a free
> lunch. I am not saying we should not have any H-1Bs, the
> problem is that we are talking about hundreds of
> thousands of H-1Bs. This is having a major impact on the
> technical labor market.
> The U.S. is one of the few countries which now offers
> unlimited access to its job market at the expense of its
> own citizens. While going to college, if I had any idea
> that most of the engineering positions would be taken by
> H-1B labor, I would never have become an engineer. I
> advise young people not to become involved in
> engineering since companies find it easier to hire less
> expensive H-1B labor. The H-1B managers prefer to hire
> more H-1B labor - it's only human nature - so you have a
> vicious cycle. The end result is that U.S. citizens need not
> apply. This is the situation for the majority of companies
> in my area.
> The other issue is that U.S. engineering firms are no
> longer hiring African and Hispanic Americans. I've
> noticed that many firms with H-1B managers have no
> African and Hispanic Americans on their staff. We need
> to hire minority Americans at home before we run off and
> hire everyone from elsewhere.
> I believe with the current economic conditions the H-1B
> issue will become a very important topic in the coming
> months. Frankly, the media and press have not discussed
> the seriousness of this subject. Why? I believe they did
> not have the tools and databases required to see the size
> of the problem. Fortunately, the LCA data is now
> available at ( http://www.zazona.com). You can now
> determine how many and what type of jobs are being
> denied to unemployed U.S. citizens at a given company
> and location.
> The H-1B law says it is to "temporarily import and
> employ ... specialized jobs not filled by U.S. workers".
> Thus, the law was intended for "temporary" rather than
> permanent labor. The law was clearly not intended to
> deny U.S. citizens jobs but this is precisely what it is
> doing during this difficult economic time. What needs to
> be done to correct this grievous situation?
> Congress needs to enforce the law by requiring
> companies to provide immediate employment to qualified
> unemployed U.S. citizens if an H-1B employee is filling a
> position a citizen is qualified for. When a company has
> layoffs, Congress should force companies to obey the law
> by discharging H-1B employees before U.S. citizens. It's
> the law. Whether Congress enforces the law is another
> It is ironic that the same corporations displaying football
> field size American flags are the worse offenders. They
> are making the technology sector as dependent upon
> foreign labor as we are dependent upon foreign oil.
> Because of their lust for profits, our government,
> banking, financial and technology systems are now
> heavily in the hands of non citizens. Companies are using
> the system to their own advantage while pitting U.S.
> employees against H-1B employees and cruelly hurting
> If the current H-1B situation is not immediately changed,
> U.S. citizens will abandon the engineering field. Think
> about it. You just lost your job and go to the LCA
> database to learn that 25 H-1B employees are still
> working in your position. You will not be a happy
> camper. What can you do to help?
> Email this article to all your friends.
> Encourage them to look at the LCA database.
> The job they are losing may be on the list.
> Sign the petition. You will find a petition to send to your
> congressional representatives at
> Your most powerful action is to write your U.S.
> Congressperson and Senators. Remember, H-1B
> employees cannot vote but as a U.S. citizen, your vote
> counts. Even though powerful companies have heavily
> contributed to your congressional leaders to keep the H-
> 1B laws in place, companies cannot vote - only you can.
> Don't let your job be eliminated next.
> You can find your congressional representative at these
> Your Congressperson
> Your Senators
> Don't forget to both email and make a phone call to your
> local Congressperson.
> Write the business and political editors of your local
> The following academic articles should be of interest:
> Dr. Norman Matloff is a professor of computer science at
> University of California at Davis
> August 5, 1999 Testimony of Gene A. Nelson, Ph.D.
> Thank you for your support.
> Unemployed Engineer