Re: Technical Writing Union

Subject: Re: Technical Writing Union
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 10:06:27 -0800

pkingston -at- nomadsoft -dot- co -dot- uk wrote:

I must admit, I find this anti-union sentiment from across the water
fascinating. Is there any historical reason for this with respect to
Technical Communications?

I think it has more to do with people who have had little contact with unions, view themselves as professionals, have a pro-business attitude, or all three.

I've belonged to several unions, and been a grievance steward and Chief Steward, and I would seriously consider joining a tech-writer's union if one existed. Unions are far from perfect, but, in my experience, even a bad union (such as a big, international one in which locals have little control) is often preferable to not having one at all. In fact, I've often thought that high-tech workers in general might benefit from a union, given the expectations of unpaid over-time and the like.

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