Reader Response: Needed: Voice for IT
Readers respond to Jim Rapoza's May 5 commentary.When I announced over the Internet I was forming the Programmers Guild in 1998 to do what you suggest, I expected 10,000 people to immediately sign up for the mailing list. It took over three years to get 1,000 to join us. I believe we are still the only programming group invited to testify before congress (twice). We have been bringing a string of discrimination complaints to the government. We have been fighting to get the New Jersey ban on offshoring passed. Programmers, especially younger ones, have little interest in organizing. They look out for themselves and thats it. Our membership survey showed just one under the age of 30. I estimate that in the entire country we have fewer than 5,000 politically active in-the-field programmers.
Founder, the programmers guild
Former Chairman, the programmers guild
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