RE: Technical Writing Union

Subject: RE: Technical Writing Union
From: Darren Barefoot <Darren -dot- Barefoot -at- capeclear -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 16:10:37 -0000

Well, seeing that I am opposed to unions in general, I don't think this is a
good idea. As I understand it, most unions are formed because workers are
being abused, wronged or otherwise maltreated. I hardly think that technical
writers in general fall into this category. I would submit that, pound for
pound, IT workers (where the majority of tech writers fit into) are among
the best-treated employees in our culture.

And, to nitpick, in Canada, most government workers are in unions. Thanks.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Neal, Ashley [mailto:ashleyneal -at- symtron -dot- com]
> Sent: 31 October 2001 15:47
> Subject: Technical Writing Union
> Has anyone ever thought about, pursued or discussed the
> creation of a technical writing union as a way of
> standardizing the technical writing profession? My knowledge
> of unions would not fill a thimble, but it occurred to me
> that a union might help in some areas where some in our
> professional feel STC does not help. I know that you cannot
> be a government worker and be in a union, but not all
> technical writers work for the government.
> Thoughts?

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