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  •  Yup, I think so too (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, unions would make a positive difference for software developers.

    The reasons for software developers to unionize seem to be endless as my stories and examples show. But yet, I mention that we programmers should unionize and I get attacked.

    Why can't others in the profession understand this?

    •  The key to the lock (2+ / 0-)
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      kraant, Magnifico

      Is agitation.

      You've outlined the issues clearly, I bet your fellow workers have the same issues. Push the issues in conversations, bring up ways that they could be overcome by having more of a partnership with management... maybe management already has a 'review' board or some other method for workers to voice their opinions... how broken is that? Is it effective? is it a captive audience joke?

      Make a point to bring up one of the issues in that forum.

      Do you feel respected? Are you being talked down too? How can workers really be heard?

      Collective Bargaining.

      It's one thing to talk about the 'union' as some abstract with workers on the job. It doesn't move people to just talk about unionization. What moves people is to clearly define what the problems are and how they can be fixed.

      If workers don't respond to the issues they face on the job daily, then no matter how much resources, organizers, what-have-you a union throws at them- they will never be effectively organized.

      It's been said before but it can't be stressed enough- the union isn't the real power in the workplace, the workers are.

      "How do you ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake?" -John Kerry, 1971 but what we needed to hear in 2003/2004

      by Demise on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 10:36:32 PM PDT

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