RE: Technial Writing Unions

Subject: RE: Technial Writing Unions
From: "Gilger.John" <JGilger -at- acresgaming -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 09:38:21 -0800

Sarah posed the question:

Is it fair to arrive in on Monday morning to be told that you no longer
have a job and that you must leave the building immediately with no
redundancy package? Would that be considered "being abused, wronged or
otherwise maltreated"

With tongue firmly in cheek and the curmudgeonly cynicism meter set to
"high", I'll toss this into the discussion:

When you choose to work as a "permanent" (what a lousy choice of words
in today's business climate) employee, you provide labor at the will of
the employer. If your labor is not needed -- goodbye! You have nothing
to take to court, no legal rights to enforce.

When you work as a contractor, whether through an agency or on your own,
you (or the agency) have an agreement with the employer regarding how
much work you will do and how much it will cost the employer. If the
contract is breached, you do have legal remedies available.

Unions have contracts with employers to provide labor (does the term
"labor contract" ring a bell?). This is the legal basis for "protecting"
a person's job -- union negotiations and all that rot.

Agencies earn their income based on selling your labor at a mark-up.
They are run as a business. If your performance doesn't meet the needs
of their clients, they let you go.

Labor unions earn their income from membership dues. They run on the
same model as a gang, hence their easy relationships with organized
crime. They use any tactic they can get away with to provide loot for
their members. They could care less whether your performance is

BTW - Didn't Al Capone and Richard Daily pull their shenanigans in
Chicago, Illinois?

John Gilger
Senior Technical Writer
Acres Gaming, Inc.

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