RE: Layoff logistics and etiquette

Subject: RE: Layoff logistics and etiquette
From: "Cook, Jenise" <jenise -dot- cook-crabbe -at- pacificlife -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 09:24:07 -0700

===My apologies for this US-only content===

Tracy, thank you for your important post! As a former HR Generalist who has
worked in California (at-will state) and Arizona (right-to-work state), I
used to get into "discussions" with my AZ coworkers regarding the

I'm glad you suggested that TWs wanting to relocate to another state check
out the state's laws. Employees who are wondering what kind of state they
work in should contact their state's labor department, or a local Employee
Relations attorney.

(Glad to be back after a month's absence from the list. Had a huge project I
had to complete.)

Jenise Cook-Crabbe
Sr. Technical Writer
<< Disclaimer: my opinions are mine,
all mine and not my employer's>>

-----Original Message-----
From: Tracy Boyington [mailto:tracy_boyington -at- okcareertech -dot- org]
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 9:18 AM
Subject: RE: Layoff logistics and etiquette

As I understand it, Oklahoma's "right-to-work" law means that when non-union
employees and unionized employees work for the same employer, the non-union
employees can no longer be required to pay a portion of the union dues
(before the law was passed, non-union employees had to pay the part of union
dues that went toward things they benefitted from even though they were not
in the union, such as wage and benefit negotiations). It has nothing to do
with the right to fire someone or the right to quit your job, and shouldn't
be confused with "at-will" laws. I'm sure all "right-to-work" or "free work"
laws are slightly different, just as all "at-will" laws are. And the
connection to technical writing is that even TWs sometimes need to be
encouraged to read the friendly manual and find out what the law is in their
state*, or the state they plan to move to. It never would have occured to me
that I might be legally required to give 2 weeks notice in some areas.

*(yeah, I know that's US-centric.)

Tracy Boyington tracy_boyington -at- okcareertech -dot- org
Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education
Stillwater, OK

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