Re: employment law, overtime

Subject: Re: employment law, overtime
From: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 14:30:45 -0800

McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:

>
> Are any writers on this list.... gasp! ... unionized?
> How's that working out for you?


I sought a union once. I had wearied of a certain manager's policies in
assigning avalanches of TW work, and in using annual performance reviews
(the gateway to annual bonuses and profit sharing) as "motivation" for
us to accept the inevitable regular extra hours needed. Rather than
leave the job, I hoped to influence management by finding union
representation that could help bring about a more employee-friendly
workplace.

What I found was the Screenwriter's Guild. They offered collective
bargaining and they apparently are willing to have tech writers as
members, but they didn't seem to be very active in the sector I worked
in. So I didn't join, and for lack of effective advocacy in the
workplace, then burned out on work, got laid off when the sector slid
downhill, wasn't rehired when the company's fortunes changed, and my
sense of professional dignity continues to exist only in the shadow
world. Geez, are unions dead or something? How could my righteous work
ethic lead me to that pathetic end?

Thanks for asking, it helps :-)


Ned Bedinger
doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com



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