Re: Should we unionize?

Subject: Re: Should we unionize?
From: "Cheverie, Paul [Cont]" <paul -dot- cheverie -at- CANADA -dot- CDEV -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 1995 10:24:00 EDT

Definitely NOT!!
The last time I had to deal with a union it was a nightmare. Unions are
fine for those who feel unable or who are unwilling to negotiate for
themselves. I have found through experience that I do much better on my own.
Forming a union would by necessity preclude freelance work by its members
simply because a union (or any other large organization for that matter)
isn't capable of dealing with 'micro-deals' and a rapidly shifting market
place. I am not willing to give up my freedom to move around and make my own
If a tech-writer's union were to be form I for one would actively and
forcefully oppose its migration to Canada and would refuse to work in any
unionized shops.
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Subject: Should we unionize?
Date: Wednesday, July 05, 1995 3:55PM

Should we have a Technical Writer's Union?

Perhaps if there were a technical writer's union, the Union could establish
rates and help with medical, dental, and benefits for those technical
who are contract writers.

Having contracted some jobs before, I wish I had had a union to deal with
rather than having to do all of the negotiating myself when it came to
rates and drawing up contracts.

What do you think?

Should we Unionize?

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