UC Outsources IT Jobs at UCSF, while Students Agitate for Sanctuary for Illegal Aliens | Nov 16 2016

‘Sanctuary Campus’: Stanford Students Demand Illegal Alien Refugee Camp

– Breitbart

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“Students at Stanford University, an elite private institution in Silicon Valley that costs $47,940 per year to attend, marched Tuesday to demand that the lush Palo Alto grounds be turned into a “sanctuary campus” to shelter illegal aliens facing deportation under President Donald Trump.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

More than 500 Stanford University students, faculty and staff members walked out of classrooms and ducked out of jobs Tuesday in a protest of the policies of Donald Trump, the latest in a wave of Bay Area and national demonstrations against the president-elect.

Some of the Stanford dissidents, though, came with a concrete demand for the university’s administrators: investigating the possibility of the South Bay campus serving as a sanctuary against the sort of millions of deportations Trump has said he’ll seek as president.

Hundreds of people — students, faculty, staff and other supporters — had as of Tuesday evening signed an open letter addressed to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost John Etchemendy urging the two leaders to “immediately develop a protocol for making itself a sanctuary campus.”

Stanford University spokesperson Lisa Lapin told the Chronicle that the walkout had the “full support” of the university administration, but would not speculate about policies toward illegal aliens.

Students at other elite universities have made similar demands, though it is not clear how or where illegal aliens would be housed. A letter from left-wing students at Yale to their university’s administration seems to describe a “sanctuary campus” as a kind of refugee camp for illegal aliens:”

…..Continue reading @ Breitbart

 

 

Laid-off IT workers fight University of California outsourcing

– Computerworld

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Some worry that the overseas outsourcing will spread to other universities

“Audrey Hatten-Milholin has worked at the University of California, San Francisco, for 17 years. But come February, her job in the IT department as a system architect will be taken over by a worker from India.

Even worse, Hatten-Milholin has been asked to train her replacement.department workers, including permanent staff and contract employees, will be replaced by workers from HCL, an India-based IT services company.

More than a dozen of those affected workers and their supporters attended the rally outside the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. They carried signs that read, “American workers, not foreign labor,” and “Protect our private data.”

“We need to stand up. Enough is enough,” said Kurt Ho, another IT worker who is being laid off.

Experts who study IT outsourcing say the UCSF case is a rarity but could influence IT practices throughout higher education.

“CIOs at many other universities are eyeing what happens with the (University of California) case,” said Ron Hira, a professor at Howard University who studies immigration and offshoring policies. If UCSF isn’t pressured by the public or politicians to reverse the decision, other universities may decide the practice is acceptable, he said.

“I’ve never heard of a case where university workers were being forced to train replacements,” Hira said.

UCSF said the outsourcing will help it save more than $30 million over five years. The school has contracted with three outside vendors, including HCL, Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm FireEye and Dell, to support its IT services.

The workers who attended Tuesday’s rally are also concerned with the federal H-1B visa program. Allegedly, companies have been using loopholes in the program to bring in foreign IT workers to replace citizens.

“A lot of people think that jobs are being sent overseas, but outsourcing is happening right here in our country of America,” said 43-year-old Vinny Tateo, another laid-off worker. He said it’s been difficult for him to find a new job.

UCSF said it’s working with the other University of California campuses to find jobs for the affected employees. The school also says it doesn’t plan to use the H-1B visa program to bring in foreign IT workers. However, since the layoffs became public, the university has posted Labor Condition Applications notices, which are required by law when H-1B workers are being placed.”

….Continue reading @ Computerworld

 

 

 

 

U.S. Legislators Send Napolitano Letters Against Outsourcing UCSF Tech Jobs

– UCSD Guardian

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“Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent letters to UC President Janet Napolitano this past week, requesting that she reverse her decision to lay off 17 percent of UCSF’s IT workers and outsource those jobs through the foreign-based Hindustan Computers Limited America firm. UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla sits on the board of HCL, along with UC Berkeley’s Dean of Engineering Shankar Sastry.

The University of California entered into a $50 million agreement with HCL in September that would extend over five years. According to the agreement, HCL will be responsible for providing IT services such as data center monitoring, storage, server and other operations when the current IT workers take their leave in February after training their foreign replacements.

Napolitano received two separate letters — one on Nov. 1 from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and one on Nov. 3 co-authored by Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.) — each urging her to reconsider this current plan, which would replace 80 of UCSF’s tech employees. The UCSD Guardian obtained copies of these letters on Nov. 3 and 4 from a member of UPTE-CWA 9119, a union that represents healthcare, technical and research employees throughout the UC system.

Rep. Lofgren begins her letter by suggesting that given Napolitano’s history as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, she should understand that using foreign workers to replace current American ones violates the purpose of H-1B visas.”

…..Continue reading @ UCSD Guardian

 

 

 

Chasing millennials and profits, Univision restructures and lays off at least 200

– Washington Post

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“The Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications will lay off almost 6 percent of its workforce — between 200 and 250 people — after it slipped into the red last quarter, the company announced Wednesday.

The layoffs, along with a planned restructuring, “are in response to difficult times, challenging times,” Isaac Lee, Univision’s digital, entertainment and news chief, told The Washington Post in his first public comments on the moves. “We need to position ourselves for the future.”

Univision had a third-quarter net loss of $30.5 million on total revenue of $735 million, down 8 percent.

As its traditional audience of Latino television watchers becomes older or cuts the cord, the company will also continue to chase what it sees as its savior: the English-language, digital, millennial audience.

Univision made a surprising move in that direction last summer when it paid $135 million for the media companies associated with Gawker, the Manhattan-based media gossip site. Gawker was forced to file for bankruptcy as a result of a crippling $140 million jury award in the Hulk Hogan sex tape suit. The suit was financed by billionaire investor Peter Thiel, in retribution for Gawker’s outing of him as gay in 2007.

After Univision’s purchase of the Gawker websites, including Deadspin, covering sports, and Gizmodo, about tech, Gawker itself was soon shuttered. Last month, Univision drew criticism for eliminating several articles from those sites that were involved in lawsuits.”

….Continue reading @ Washington Post

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