Thursday, October 23, 2014

Suggestions to AsAm Tech Workers in Silicon Valley

Get Organized to Win Equal Opportunity

 A Recent NBC News titled "New Numbers Reveal Asian Wage Gap in Tech" reports that 
 "Asian Americans are well-represented among the tech ranks, making up 34% of Google's staff, 41% of Facebook's, and 57% at Yahoo. But researchers at the American Institute for Economic Research  found that Asian tech workers on average made $8,146 less each year than white workers in 2012,$3,656 less than Black employees, and $6,907 less than those who identified as "other." Women, as a group on average, earn $6,358 less than men each year."
  "Many believe that part of the reason for the gap is that Asians are more likely to be foreign workers living in the United States on an H-1B visa. The study authors note that two out of ten employees in jobs "with a high H-1B demand is Asian" compared to eight percent of the general population." (Emphasis added)
   Curious?   You should be!   Want to read 80-20's recommendations to the Asian tech workers?
(1) Get yourselves organized as an "interest group" in respective companies.  Be sure to get as many people to join as possible.  This is where the hard work is.  The rest will be easy.  If you get close to 80% participation rate, your company will likely accommodate all your reasonable requests.
(2) Create a leadership group to coordinate communication between the interest groups of Yahoo, Facebook and Google.  The larger your group is,  the more secure and the stronger you will be,
(3) Resolve, as a group, to write to the top management of respective companies,while coping in your company's Board of Directors.  You may want to request  the same set of wage/salary data already released to American Institute for Economic Research, but broken down to H-1B workers and non H1-B workers.  
(4) Use the data to find out if Asian tech workers, excluding H1-B workers,are still making less than other co-workers.
(5) You may at the same time request information regarding Asian managers to find out if you have about the same % of managers in respective companies.

    Be organized and win equal opportunity.  If 80-20 can be of service, let us know.

    80-20 President, S. B. Woo, was the Founding President of the Faculty Bargaining Unit at the University of Delaware, its Chief Spokesman and Chief Negotiator. Later he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the same university, while still teaching.  Even later, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Delaware. He knows something about organizing, management and government.  

    Remember 80-20.  It fights for EQUAL opportunity for Asian Americans.

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A fun video urging you to vote: view , "Rock the Vote."   It was recommend by Fiona Ma who was the Speaker Pro Tempore of CA's Assembly and is currently running for Board of Equalization, District 2.

S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National AsAm Educational Foundation, Inc.