EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

01.24.09

Senator Criticises Microsoft for Betraying Americans (Update)

Posted in America, Finance, Fraud, Microsoft at 10:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

‘Patriotic’ Microsoft

“Open source is an intellectual-property destroyer [...] I can’t imagine something that could be worse than this for the software business and the intellectual-property business. I’m an American; I believe in the American way, I worry if the government encourages open source, and I don’t think we’ve done enough education of policymakers to understand the threat.”

Jim Allchin, President of Platforms & Services Division at Microsoft

LAST month we outlined the Microsoft-Abramoff connection and how it related to Microsoft’s cheap(er) labour — a right which was earned using political corruption. Right now, in the face of workforce reductions [1, 2], Microsoft comes under fire for further betraying the United States. “Steve Ballmer is being questioned by a politician,” says the reader who sent us this pointer. It wasn’t long ago that Steve Ballmer was deposed by the court.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has sent a letter to Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer expressing concern over how the company may go about its layoffs.

“I am concerned that Microsoft will be retaining foreign guest workers rather than similarly qualified American employees when it implements its layoff plan,” Grassley said in the letter, posted to his Web site on Friday.

The company announced plans Thursday to cut a net 2,000 to 3,000 jobs over the next 18 months, its first companywide layoff. An initial wave of 1,400 job cuts were effective Friday.

The senator asked Ballmer for details on the jobs to be eliminated; how many are held by H-1B or other work-visa-program employees; how many are held by Americans and, of those positions, how many similar positions held by foreign guest workers are being retained; and how many H-1B or other work-visa-program workers Microsoft will retain when the layoff is complete.

What’s good for Microsoft is good for the United States? Not necessarily.

Soviet Microsoft

Update (26/01/2009): Here is the text of Grassley’s letter:

January 22, 2009

Mr. Steve Ballmer
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond , WA 98052-6399

Dear Mr. Ballmer:

I am writing to inquire about press reports that Microsoft will be
cutting approximately 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months. I
understand that the layoffs will affect workers in research and
development, marketing, sales, finance, legal and corporate affairs,
human resources, and information technology.

I am concerned that Microsoft will be retaining foreign guest workers
rather than similarly qualified American employees when it implements
its layoff plan. As you know, I want to make sure employers recruit
qualified American workers first before hiring foreign guest workers.
For example, I cosponsored legislation to overhaul the H-1B and L-1
visa programs to give priority to American workers and to crack down
on unscrupulous employers who deprive qualified Americans of
high-skilled jobs. Fraud and abuse is rampant in these programs, and
we need more transparency to protect the integrity of our immigration
system. I also support legislation that would strengthen educational
opportunities for American students and workers so that Americans can
compete successfully in this global economy.

Last year, Microsoft was here on Capitol Hill advocating for more H-1B
visas. The purpose of the H-1B visa program is to assist companies in
their employment needs where there is not a sufficient American
workforce to meet their technology expertise requirements. However,
H-1B and other work visa programs were never intended to replace
qualified American workers. Certainly, these work visa programs were
never intended to allow a company to retain foreign guest workers
rather than similarly qualified American workers, when that company
cuts jobs during an economic downturn.

It is imperative that in implementing its layoff plan, Microsoft
ensures that American workers have priority in keeping their jobs over
foreign workers on visa programs. To that effect, I would like you to
respond to the following questions:

* What is the breakdown in the jobs that are being
eliminated? What kind of jobs are they? How many employees in each
area will be cut?
* Are any of these jobs being cut held by H-1B or other work
visa program employees? If so, how many?
* How many of the jobs being eliminated are filled by
Americans? Of those positions, is Microsoft retaining similar ones
filled by foreign guest workers? If so, how many?
* How many H-1B or other work visa program workers will
Microsoft be retaining when the planned layoff is completed?

My point is that during a layoff, companies should not be retaining
H-1B or other work visa program employees over qualified American
workers. Our immigration policy is not intended to harm the American
workforce. I encourage Microsoft to ensure that Americans are given
priority in job retention. Microsoft has a moral obligation to
protect these American workers by putting them first during these
difficult economic times.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley
United States Senator

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

2 Comments

  1. Shane Coyle said,

    January 24, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Gravatar

    There is some conjecture regarding whether the delaying of a project to build a Microsoft datacenter in Iowa, the Senator’s constituency, is somehow influential in his speaking out… wonder if that project will resume, and the Senator’s interest will wane…

  2. Needs Sunlight said,

    January 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Gravatar

    I seriously doubt that any red-blooded American with even a drop of IT skill would ever even think of working for the Redmond-based group.

    But on to the betrayals, M$ has shown us many. One that is still highly memorable was when the executives, under oath, swore that the code was so buggy that releasing it would endanger national security. Then within days claimed to give the whole code base to China. Perjury or treason, no middle ground there.

What Else is New


  1. Links 28/5/2015: SourceForge Hijack, RIP Marco Pesenti Gritti

    Links for the day



  2. Censorship on Reddit Has Gotten (Condé) Nasty and Silent, Even Actively Silenced

    Condé Nast has turned Reddit into a platform of censorship after the acquisition



  3. The Supreme Court of the United States Helps Patent Trolls

    In an unforeseen kind of ruling, the same court which slapped down a lot of software patents last year is now legitimising the actions of a patent troll



  4. Patent Lawyers Fight Hard for the Future of Software Patents

    Media that is dominated by patent lawyers and targets an audience of patent lawyers refuses to accept the post-Alice reality



  5. Fortune Glorifies Patent Troll Jay Walker (Patent Utility)

    Jay Walker, a patent troll, creates a Web-based trolling/'licensing' service and the corporate media helps him



  6. Stealing Android's Thunder, Making It All About Apple and Microsoft During Google I/O

    Misleading articles and conjoined media/analyst attacks on Android coincide with Google's event where major Android announcements are being made



  7. British Government May be a Step Closer to GNU/Linux (on the Desktops, Not Just Servers)

    The British government stops paying the criminal company that blackmails its members, thereby increasing the possibility of complete escape from proprietary software



  8. Microsoft's Patent Allies LG and Sony Agree to Put Microsoft Inside Android

    LG and Sony (of Rockstar Consortium) follow Samsung and Dell in Microsoft's campaign to turn Android into 'Microsoft Android' using patents-induced pressure/leverage



  9. Yet Another Major Security Deficiency in UEFI

    UEFI is inherently insecure, more so than the alternatives which it strives to replace, including Free/libre ones



  10. Links 27/5/2015: Fedora 22 is Out, Mandriva Liquidated

    Links for the day



  11. Patent Scope at the EPO is Totally Out of Control, UPC Will Make Things Worse

    A look at the practical issues with the EPO, where patent scope and litigation scope have been vastly extended so as to benefit multinational corporations and possibly patent trolls



  12. Links 26/5/2015: Reviews of Kubuntu 15.04, Linux 4.1 RC5

    Links for the day



  13. Süddeutsche Zeitung Says Talking Helps While EPO Management Back-stabs Other Side of the Table

    German media gives the impression that there is peace and harmony now that Benoît Battistelli and his circle of power speaks to staff, but nothing is said about simultaneous (albeit covert) attacks against that staff



  14. Large Corporations Call the Shots in US Patent Reform

    A reminder of where we stand on the issue of patent 'reform' in the US and who is controlling or shaping it



  15. Microsoft Puts Proprietary Windows and Hyper-V Inside the Free Software-Centric OpenStack

    OpenStack, which celebrates rapid growth in this month's event in Canada, is facing a proprietarisation threat from Microsoft



  16. Microsoft's Secret Lobbying, Bullying, and the Long History of Blackmailing Politicians Around the World

    British media covers Microsoft's abuse in the UK, but there are many similar incidents, and not just in the UK



  17. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Benoît Battistelli and Four EPO Suicides

    German press article from April 2015 (with translations)



  18. Links 24/5/2015: CrossOver 14.1.3, NTFS-3G Vulnerability

    Links for the day



  19. Links 23/5/2015: Fedora 22 to May 26th, Netflix in SteamOS

    Links for the day



  20. The Patents Production 'Industry' (Patent Lawyers) Still Fights Hard to Salvage Software Patents

    A review of recent writings about software patents and patents on business methods in the United States, demonstrating that patent lawyers have gotten very vocal and sneaky (trying to evade the rules)



  21. Patents as a Marketing Strategy: USPTO Now Part of the Advertising Industry

    The existence of publicity patents, or patents whose sole purpose is to advertise some products, serves to discredit the US patent office, which was originally set up to promote science and technology



  22. Microsoft Blackmails and Extorts British Politicians Over Open Standards and Free Software-Leaning Policies

    Microsoft's digital imperialism in the UK getting defended using blackmail, reminding a lot of Brits that Microsoft is just as evil as ever before



  23. Microsoft Gives Another Bug a Name, This Time Logjam™

    The Microsoft crowd is good only at marketing, even when it comes to small bugs in software



  24. Links 22/5/2015: Fedora 22 Final Release is Near, Canonical IPO Considered

    Links for the day



  25. More Utter Shame Unveiled at Battistelli's EPO: Intimidation Tactics With Help From 'Control Risks'

    The unaccountable thugs who run the EPO have hired London-based spooks to help silence their opposition and their critics



  26. GNU/Linux Still Under Attack From Apple and Microsoft, Patents Remain the Weapon of Choice

    A timely reminder of the importance of patent matters, for they are being used to eliminate the zero-cost advantage of Free/libre software and make it more proprietary, privacy-infringing, and user-hostile (as a result of blackmail)



  27. Gartner Group and NASSCOM: Will Lie for FUD, on Behalf of Microsoft and Proprietary Software

    Some of the latest arguments against Free/libre software turn out to be arriving from couriers of Microsoft and its agenda



  28. Windows is a Franchise in Demise, Don't Believe the Hype

    Ongoing propaganda about Vista 10, 'cloud', and other buzzwords or brands are put in perspective



  29. Links 21/5/2015: Fedora 22 RC2, CERN Chooses OpenStack

    Links for the day



  30. Microsoft is Again Showing Its Hatred of Free/Open Source Software by Lobbying the Indian Government to Drop a Rational National Policy

    Microsoft decides to attack Free/Open Source software (FOSS) in India, where the corporate media is very much complicit in misleading the public


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts