RE: Technical Writing Union

Subject: RE: Technical Writing Union
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 09:44:46 -0700

> I think this sentiment is due, in part, to the perception here in the US
> that unions are associated with organized crime, and with illegal activities
> on the part of members. For instance, when most Americans think of union
> members on strike, I 'd wager they think of violence and death-threats
> directed against those who "cross the picket-line."

Wow - THAT is a bit of a sweeping generalization. In heavily unionized
state like Illinios, where I grew up, you HAD to be in a union to do all
kinds of jobs, ranging from grocery store meatcutters to musicians in the
city's marching band. Not a lot of organized crime there!

But I think it is true - as several on the list have pointed out - that
unions usually come into existence to combat unfair treatment of workers.
And other than the militant FrameMaker advocates who feel that being
forced to use Word is a form of cruel and unusual punishment, I think most
US-based tech writers cannot say that we're being treated or compensated
too badly.

-Keith Cronin

PS - If you disagree with me, I'll contact some of the hoodlums I knew
back in my union days at the Springfield (IL) Municipal Opera, and we'll
start bustin' heads!

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