RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit; STC position?

Subject: RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit; STC position?
From: "Donald H. White" <dwhite -at- jrtcllc -dot- com>
To: "'Bill Swallow'" <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>, "'Geoff Hart'" <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 11:07:37 -0400

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

I don't think Geoff said or implied this as a response.

As for the union "issue;" the Society is not a union and never will become
one. To a degree, in my opinion, that's unfortunate. While some
practitioners of our crafts may consistently experience success in their
individual negotiations with companies and agencies, this does not apply
uniformly. There are significant pluses and minuses in the union equation,
and pitfalls against which the general membership of a union must guard.

However, "union" and one's feelings about unions are not a part of this
issue. Rather, the question seems to me to be:

"Should technical writers be paid for the time they devote to their job if
their employers require them to work significantly beyond a 40 hour week?"

Or, more to the point:

"Should employers follow the laws of the state in which they do business
regarding employee classification and compensation?"

Frankly, it seems to me that the Society has a stake in this issue in either
of these framings. I still think that the Society's position of not having a
position and not allowing or encouraging Society officers at any level to
comment on the issue is...


Donald H. White
James River Technical Communications LLC


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