Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit

Subject: Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit
From: "Collin Turner" <straylightsghost -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 15:18:32 -0600

Are my conditions really that different?

In case you haven't paid attention, Utah is NOT a cheap place in which to
live. It's simply a cheap place in which to make people work.

I only stay here because I have to (and it's pretty). So I make the best of
my situation and never suffer in silence. I wish more of my fellow Technical
Writers/Communicators, etc. would drop a pair and do the same (wink).

That is what this comes down to. Fear.

We don't want to rock the boat in fear of causing trouble, getting in
trouble, getting fired. It's hard to outsource a Tech Writer effectively -
companies try it all the time and few succeed. I am "successful" in this
state, but still below the average for other States and on par (or above)
for national averages.

I enjoy working hourly. There is nothing to be afraid of.

Then again, I also like being on contract. And I like hanging from cliffs
and driving fast...and running with scissors.

Does that make me a bad person? A fool? Or just insane?

-Collin
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On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 1:51 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin <
Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:

> Tim Mantyla argued:
>
> {...]
> > It's sad to see list members slam the needs or rights of workers to be
> > represented by unions. Your success is great for you...but what about
> the
> > average $44K salary in Utah? This is an argument by one individual who
> had
> > success and believes everyone, no matter their community's economic
> > conditions, can achieve the same.
>
> The argument is misplaced. The writer in Utah is facing different
> conditions compared to the writer in (say) Silicon Valley or New York
> city. So, for that matter, is the employer. Costs are different,
> industry distribution is different, and so on. There's a reason that
> call centers tend to be located in certain states and not in others.
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References:
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Tim Mantyla
RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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