Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit

Subject: Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit
From: "Collin Turner" <straylightsghost -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 10:54:59 -0600

Alright,

I think some of you are typing "The Sky Is Falling" between your lines.

Look at Utah for an example of how working godless hours of overtime is
killing Tech Writers.

This State has one of the higher concentrations of TW's in the nation. It
also has one of the LOWEST pay rates for said TW's. ($44,000 in 2006 -
http://www.school-for-champions.com/techwriting/salary.htm)

If you take into account that many TW's are willing to put in between 48-50
hour work weeks? That salary becomes ridiculously low.

When you say starting salaries will drop 15-20%? Of course they will! HR
isn't dumb, they realize their sheep are going to start working a correct
Hour to $ ratio, so they'll just adjust it to compensate.

Now, realize that overtime (AKA working for Free) only hurts us. We are
being paid to be less efficient. If you're okay with that? Great! If not? Do
something.

-Collin
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On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 10:37 AM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:

> I've had better experience. Every position I've had as
> an individual contributer correctly predicted the amount
> of extra hours required (usually, up to an hour a day over
> eight and periodic episodes of insanity in the two or three
> weeks preceding a major product release). It was only
> when I moved into management that insane hours became
> the norm.
>
> Gene Kim-Eng
>
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> > It has been my experience that during an interview, a company will
> > state
> > that overtime without pay is sometimes required and when pressed,
> > they'll
> > say it's only a few hours a week. Then when in the job, the reality is
> > that
> > the overtime requirement is 50%+
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References:
Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Eric J. Ray
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Rob Hudson
RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Jodie Gilmore
RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Al Geist
RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: John Hedtke
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Suzette Leeming
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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