Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit; STC position?

Subject: Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit; STC position?
From: "Bill Swallow" <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Geoff Hart" <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 10:52:39 -0400

> Reluctantly, I must agree. This is exactly the kind of situation
> where STC should be shouting from the rooftops: "This is who we are,
> this is why we're important, and this is what happens when that
> importance is trivialized or outright ignored." Whether or not STC is
> or should be party to the suit, they should certainly step forward to
> provide expert witnesses and, not incidentally, gather in all
> possible publicity that can be gathered.

"We're not appreciated! We can't get no respect! We matter! We want
our mommies!!!!"

I would say that if the STC took action in this extreme exaggerated
manner, it would be a failure, and would be indicative of an
organization I would no longer want to be associated with.

Witness? Witness to what? A writer's job? Hell, we can't even come to
agreement on what that is here on techwr-l!

I think the STC is right to just stay out of it, but instead take
action BECAUSE of it to get the ol' house in order.

> STC should always try to play a role in establishing legal precedents
> that protect technical communicators and establish our importance and
> legal rights. This is what professional associations do all the time,
> and it's a shame we aren't doing it.

So long as the directions make sense. I've mentioned this before, but
the main reason I despise unions is that I want no one making
decisions for me out of 'my best interest'. The only entity that truly
has my best interests in mind is me.

> Again, I recognize that STC is going through difficult times, both
> financially and in terms of reorganizations and staffing. But
> important opportunities should not be missed.

Or rushed into unequipped. The STC is not equipped to take this on at
this time, IMHO.

Bill Swallow
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