Re: Tech Writing Unions (was: What am I worth?)

Subject: Re: Tech Writing Unions (was: What am I worth?)
From: Suzette Seveny <sseveny -at- PETVALU -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 11:31:39 -0500

I do not disagree that unions have had a major impact on workers' rights and
conditions. At a time in our history, they were required. HOWEVER - most
governments at some level now provide labour standards, which include working
conditions, maximum hours of work, etc. IMO unions are no longer required, and
only exist to protect lazy and mediocre workers. I would rather let the market
determine my financial worth, not some socialist group who believes that
everyone should be paid the same.

Should this profession become unionized, I will be among the very first to
change careers. I have never belonged to a union, never will belong to a
union, and have never been unemployed for any period longer than a month,
unless intentionally.

Just my 2 cents on this subject, feel free to ignore me or think differently.

Suzette Seveny
Markham, Ontario, Canada
sseveny -at- petvalu -dot- com or suzette -at- yesic -dot- com
Any opinions expressed are MY opinions.
Feel free to have your own.
Let's agree to disagree
But Please - Don't Flame Me.

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while, I was a suspect.

Leonard wrote:
> And we should have more of it! Unions are arguably the only reason that wor=
> kers today have decent wages and benefits, why big corporations respect the=
> worker. Sure, unions are not good when they are unreasonable, when they ch=
> oke off industry by demanding more pay and benifits than profits warrant. H=
> owever, when a union works as it should, workers are insured their fair sha=
> re of the fruits of their labors, and employers are guranteed high quality =
> work. Without unions, most of us would still be working 12 hour days, six d=
> ays a week at starvation wages.
> Unionizing technical writing is arguably one of the best things we could do=
> for ourselves, better even than certification. But how do we do it?

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