Techwriters of the World: Unite!

Subject: Techwriters of the World: Unite!
From: tgr -at- lanminds -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 14:14:35 -0700

I wanted to share something with my comrades in tech writing arms. I just got off the phone with a recruiter who presented me, a senior-level technical writer, MA, who has been earning $65 - 70 an hour W2 for more than the last year, with a tech writing contract opportunity for a piddling $42 an hour on a 1099 basis. I was tempted to take the job at first because it allowed off-site work, but the insult and degradation got the better of me. Geez, a poor wage AND the employer isn't even willing to pick up the cost of social security!

I told the recruiter that not only was the hourly wage an abomination, but that I would be doing all my fellow tech writers a disservice by cooperating with miserly employers who want to take advantage of hard economic times to pay us substandard wages. I don't fault anyone for doing what they have to to make a living - I have to pay a mortgage, too - but I urge all my tech writing comrades not to accept employment at wages that enable employers to devalue our work. In the long run, we will all suffer for it.



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