Re: Technical Writing Union

Subject: Re: Technical Writing Union
From: Fred Sampson <wfreds -at- cruzio -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 08:10:32 -0800

The National Writers Union,, includes a division known as BITE: Business, Instructional, Technical, Electronic. The BITE division includes a large group of technical writers. While NWU is primarily for freelance writers (contractors), some of us are staff tech writers as well. NWU addresses issues like fair rates when working with agencies, permatemp issues, work-for-hire contracts. Last summer's landmark Tasini vs. New York Times case before the Supreme Court was largely drive by NWU (Jonathan Tasini is the president of NWU). I suggest looking at their site before running off to start another union.


Ashley Neal wrote:

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.


Fred Sampson
Technical Writer
fred -at- fredsampson -dot- com

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