Re: Technical Writing Union

Subject: Re: Technical Writing Union
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 09:33:23 -0800 (PST)

"Neal, Ashley" 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
> to me that a union might help in some areas where some in our
> feel STC does not help. I know that you cannot be a government worker
> be in a union, but not all technical writers work for the government.
> Thoughts?

It will be a cold day in hell when I join a union.

In addition to the many good points other have made, I have one other to
offer: the high-tech industry has resoundingly rejected unions. Unions are
neither wanted nor needed. Attempts to unionize at high-tech firms have,
for the most part, been unsuccessful.

I think is due in part to the fact that high-tech hires mostly skilled,
educated people who demand reasonable wages. The firms that hire for these
positions know they cannot work these people 90 hours a week for $4.50 an

In other words, the market has corrected itself - which is the way it
should be.

As for the National Writers Union...I have no patience to listen to the
uninformed ranting of communists. News Flash: Capitalism womps Communism
in regulation play!

I feel some flames coming my way.

Andrew Plato

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