Discussion on: Should we form a labor union?

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Antonio Radovcic

Strongly agree that there has to be some kind of standardised certificare a developer needs to pass before working on products which has effects on other people. Not only tech-basics, but also ethics need to play a large role in this. Especially nowadays, when software has more influence on our daily lives than ever.

A bit off topic: I really don't like the use of "blue-collar" in the context of software-engineering. I find it a bit derogatory to all the workers who work long and hard fixing, carrying, driving, building society.
But "white-collar" also doesn't quite hit it. I'd say we use "Gold-Collar" from now on.

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Steve Belovarich Author

I don’t think we deserve any special treatment. How don’t people in technology “work long and hard fixing, carrying, driving, and building society” when their peers work for corporations that have changed how we think about transportation, currency or even housing? We are the new blue collar in many ways.