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  •  I'm in IT (4+ / 0-)

     No real union possibilities where I am, to be honest.  Our employer does treat us well, though. For now.

    "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

    by Buzzer on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 07:12:49 AM PDT

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    •  I can understand that. (4+ / 0-)

      I'm a contract attorney.  (Translation: temp worker)  No real union possibilities for me either, but maybe I could get a little boost in pay and benefits after EFCA gets passed.

      There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? -Robert F. Kennedy

      by JSCram3254 on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 07:14:00 AM PDT

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      •  I thought that SEIU was working on (2+ / 0-)
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        unionizing temp workers in certain industries (I think mainly office workers) -- wonder if they'd want to take on other contract workers. At the very least, it would probably be good to have some sort of regulations, like a two-week notice when your contract is being terminated and other protections.

        "Old soldiers never die -- they get young soldiers killed." -- Bill Maher

        by Cali Scribe on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 07:18:18 AM PDT

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        •  That would be fantastic! (2+ / 0-)
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          I'd definitely sign a card.  There's no way contract attorneys could get unionized without EFCA though.  It's just too easy to let a group go and bring in a new one.

          There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? -Robert F. Kennedy

          by JSCram3254 on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 07:38:23 AM PDT

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      •  attorneys and other "professionals" can unionize (4+ / 0-)

        I'm an attorney, and I've worked 2 lawyer jobs where I've been represented.  Once, I was in a UAW local, as the union has expanded from the auto industry to grad students, TAs, Mother Jones magazine staff, numerous legal aid orgs, non-profits, etc.  Now I'm in an independent union that was organized, founded, and run by my colleagues and predecessors.  

        I find that being in a union is about a lot more than bargaining my wages and benefits.  First of all, as a unionist, I am part of a larger social justice movement.  Plus, it is a place for me to engage in a public and social way.  I've learned a lot about power, leadership, movement building, and solidarity.  I don't know why more people don't do it.

        •  It's not so much the lawyer part. (1+ / 0-)
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          It's the contract part.  Temp workers have a lot of obstacles in front of them to organize.

          There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? -Robert F. Kennedy

          by JSCram3254 on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:47:31 AM PDT

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          •  I'm in the creative "guilds" (2+ / 0-)
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            We have unions, but they're impossible to get into.  Stupid b/c they're just asking for scabbing (which is rampant, particularly w/ new media coming up.)

            sigh.

          •  where there's a will... . (1+ / 0-)
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            I can think of examples of temp organizers getting union representation, but it's hard for sure.

            In California, home health care workers (working part time and for multiple clients some times) are unionized.  It required legislation and dealing with the issue of "employer of record."  Also, in various colleges and universities, temp workers (contingent faculty) have unionized.

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