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Unionize the programmers?

I am slack-jawed. Wired has run a piece on unionizing the tech industry.  I can see it now…  

  • mandated coffee breaks, lunches, and time and half at ship time.
  • grievances over the size of your stock option award.
  • the water cooler conversations… “Hey, Jimmy’s fixin’ too many bugs.  He’s makin’ us all look bad.   Who wants to have a chat with him?”

Who would realistically want this?  Tech is the most vibrant, creative, inventive and fast moving sector of the economy, full of type-A personalities, and people (each and every one of them) who view what they’re doing as the next “moon shot”.  Furthermore, it’s a mobile and fluid workforce.  Why would you ever consider saddling this workforce with the baggage of a union?

Are unions even relevant anymore?  The things they fought for are now mostly part of employment standards legislation. What do they stand for today?

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  • ottawatech May 18, 2006, 9:35 am

    "Tech is the most vibrant, creative, inventive and fast moving sector of the economy, full of type-A personalities, and people (each and every one of them) who view what they’re doing as the next “moon shot”. Furthermore, it’s a mobile and fluid workforce. Why would you ever consider saddling this workforce with the baggage of a union?"

    I agree with you.

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