Re: Agency warning signs

Subject: Re: Agency warning signs
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 10:26:11 -0800

Andrew Plato wrote:

> In my opinion, the NWU is not a good place to get information. Many firms feel
> that the NWU applies 1970's era unionist mentalities to 2000 era labor market.
> The NWU's propaganda treats all agencies as bloodsuckers bent on taking away
> your dignity and freedom. The fact is, the labor markets of today are
> competitive and free.

Marguerite Krupp wrote:

> the NWU has a unionist focus

I should admit upfront that I've stood on too many picket lines to
think that a unionist stance is anything except desirable. Also, not
being an American, I know nothing about the NWU.

However, from the viewpoint of contractors, especially new ones who
don't know the business or the issues, that may be exactly what's
needed: a group to defend them when they can't defend themselves.
Naturally, a unionist position should be treated with skepticism,
but so should any position; supporting a cause shouldn't require
that you check your critical thinking at the door.

It's true that the current job market favors employees, so, for now,
a unionist position may seem unnecessary. But, if the market ever
changes, we may be grateful for it. Despite all the tired rhetoric
about the New Economy, the basic issues of working for a living
don't change.

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