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Whether it is or isn't doesn't matter because the granting of collective bargaining privileges is extended to labor not CEOs.

The CEOs don't need that privilege when they already have the full support of the DOT to build those special lanes.

In this case, the writers are asking for a commuter lane in return for moving more traffic through that highway.


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Then fix >that< by getting the government to pass laws requiring more independence on Boards of Directors. Don't grant permission for collective bargaining because writers feel slighted. That's like spending all this extra money to build more lanes on a highway, because some people drag race, and it is safer for the drag racers to have their own lanes.

No, let employees that dislike their jobs find other jobs. This is the way the healthy portions of the economy function on a daily basis.

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Then fix >that< by getting the government to pass laws requiring...

And liberty dies slowly...
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STRIKE COVERAGE: ABC, News Writers Reach Contract Agreement

Writers Guild of America East: Members to Vote Dec. 13 at Meetings in New York and Washington, D.C.

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/29/2007 12:06:00 PM

News writers and ABC reached a tentative agreement on a new contract after almost three years, according to the Writers Guild of America East.

The contract covers news writers, editors, desk assistants, production assistants, graphic artists and researchers, who had been working without a contract since January 2005.

According to the guild, they will get 3.5% annual raises and a $3,700 "contract bonus" for all full-time employees and a pro-rated bonus for per-diem workers if the contract is ratified by the rank and file. It will take effect Feb. 1. It will be put to a vote by union members Dec. 13 at meetings in New York and Washington, D.C.

We're pleased to secure, finally, a fair contract for our members, WGAE executive director Mona Mangan said. We expect the membership to ratify this contract." The key sticking point, said WGAE, had been the removal of writer/producers from the union and WABC in New York. When ABC took that off the table, said a union source, everything fell into place.

According to WGAE, the contract will "lower night-shift differential by one hour in the second year of the contract, increase acting-editor fees and establish a new fee for production assistants, diminish payment for a missed lunch period in network radio and decrease payment for ops-room work in network radio while grandfathering current employees."

In other ABC union news, the network is back at the bargaining table with NABET/CWA over a contract with tehchnical workers that expired March 31. ABC was preparing a comment at press time.

The WGA and similar CBS News employees have been in similar contentious negotitaions for almost as long -- since April 2005 -- but the prospects don't look particulary bright, with the guild recently getting strike authorization, although it has not said when and whether it will use it.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/art...?desc=topstory

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In this case, the writers are asking for a commuter lane in return for moving more traffic through that highway.

I disagree. In this case, the writers are asking for special privileges that I and other knowledge workers don't have. They shouldn't have those privileges.
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No, let employees that dislike their jobs find other jobs. This is the way the healthy portions of the economy function on a daily basis.

Absolutely.
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And liberty dies slowly...

No doubt, which is why I am not advocating it. However, the point is that it is a choice: You can't have it both ways. IMHO, it is unethical demand freedom when freedom is in your personal best interest and demand regulation when regulation in your personal best interest. Such flip-flopery (to steal a word from David E. Kelley) is distastefully self-centered.
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I disagree. In this case, the writers are asking for special privileges that I and other knowledge workers don't have. They shouldn't have those privileges.

Well, of course they are. That's what the commuter lane is - and I never said they were right.


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