Re: IT Union

Paul Hughes (
Fri, 27 Feb 1998 23:00:18 -0800

James Rogers wrote:

> Why does a person's labor become suddenly more valuable after 40hrs/week?
> As far as I can tell, it doesn't and therefore should not receive
> compensation above the usual. If at some point you feel that your work is
> not being fairly compensated, you can complain, stop working, or quit.
> Making unusual compensation compulsory after a certain number of hours is
> unwarranted interference.

I think your missing a very important point here. Regardless of what is fair
compensation or not, the fact remains that the company has *taken away* money
from a more a powerful group. Because companies need IT workers more than IT
workers need that company, why haven't IT workers realized that they are the
ones who really have the power? You would think, that based on the IT shortage
trends, that IT workers would counter any company plot to exploit them. Those
with the testicles in their hands control those who own those testicles. It
just makes plain economic and political sense.

Paul Hughes