[consulting] Drupal workers' interests [was Drupal Certification]

Brian Vuyk brian at brianvuyk.com
Mon Aug 10 18:46:53 UTC 2009


I think there is a big difference in how you view unions in Argentina, 
and how we view it here.

Here in North America, many unions have gone past the 'protect the 
worker' stage, to wielding a lot of power. Many unions here have high 
levels of corruption in the higher levels,  and impede production 
efficiency by preventing lazy, incompetent or otherwise unfit workers 
from being fired by union shops / employers.

Let's say that you had a guy in your Drupal shop who spent most of the 
day playing computer games. When he wasn't playing computer games, he 
may check his email, surf Facebook, and perhaps spend an hour per day 
actually working. Now imagine that you had to pay him 30% above the 
current market rate you pay your employees, and you can't fire him for 
his laziness because the union won't allow you to.

How about if you have a hard worker in your shop, who is turning out 
tons of excellent, bug-free code, and he is told by a union boss to slow 
down or face consequences because he is depriving fellow union members 
of work?

Unfortunately, these are not perticularly uncommon cases here in North 
America. That isn't to claim that union employees are all lazy and 
overpaid. In fact, most are probably very hard working. However, there 
are many, many cases where lazy or unfit workers are able to abuse the 
protections offered by the unions, and there is nothing you can do about it.

Also, to any who claim that we can prevent this from happening... well, 
it's just human nature coming to light.


Victor Kane wrote:
> Union would make sense for all who have nothing to sell but their labor.
> If you are a one-person shop you are selling your labor. You need a 
> union to defend yourself against forces managed by corporations.
> You strike against corporations, and that means not just in terms of 
> Drupal questions, but also as part of a larger struggle. But even in 
> Drupal questions, it means defending the community of Drupal workers 
> so that corporations do not dictate working conditions.
> Your clients are working for clients are working for clients
> The corporations love it because it is a form of flexibilization.
> On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 3:05 PM, Sam Cohen <sam at samcohen.com 
> <mailto:sam at samcohen.com>> wrote:
>     Union v Non-union doesn't even make sense to me in the context of
>     Drupal.
>     First of all, who is management and who is the worker?  I run a
>     one-person web shop -- where do I fall?
>     Do I get to join and if I do, do I go  out on strike against myself? 
>     Sam
>     On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM, Ayen Designs
>     <info at ayendesigns.com <mailto:info at ayendesigns.com>> wrote:
>         Union labor means superior product? Not. I can buy a
>         handcrafted motorcycle that's a better product than anything
>         for sale in the store. I can buy a handcrafted bedroom set
>         that's better than anything for sale in the furniture store.
>         Here, I've lived in the northeast, where all construction and
>         utility work is union, and the southeast, where it's not, and
>         if there is any quality difference on my home, it's better in
>         the southeast, at a fraction of the price. Home schooled and
>         privately schooled (non-government) children do consistently
>         better (here in the U.S.) in testing than those educated by
>         union labor (although the government controlling the
>         curriculum plays a part there), on and on. Unions might mean
>         higher quality on an assembly line, but development is not an
>         assembly line, the last time I looked. I'd like a good example
>         of where creativity and intuition plays as much a role in the
>         product as it does in development, rather than rote, and the
>         end-product is demonstratively of higher quality because of a
>         union.
>         Victor Kane wrote:
>>         A union contract?
>>         All work done with union labor speaks of a superior quality.
>         -- 
>         Ayen Designs
>         388 Bullsboro Drive #105 · Newnan, Georgia 30263
>         404-271-9734
>         ayendesigns.com <http://ayendesigns.com>
>         Ayen Designs is a tradename of the computer services division of
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