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Discussion on: Should we form a labor union?

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Prahlad Yeri

Unions are an anti-pattern in a free and competitive economy. While the IT market may not be perfectly competitive overall, the programming job market in nearly there. We have a vibrant ecosystem of all kinds of jobs ranging from full-time to contractual to even freelance and gig based economy. If you are proficient in a coding skill and are willing to accept the market wage, there is no way you won't get a programming job in today's world.

Unlike those "blue collar workers", we have a good idea of how much a programmer should get paid. We have access to all the stats and information online and unlike them, our skills have perfect mobility. Heck, we can even work remotely through our laptops if we want!

Even the consideration of "forming a union" in our kind of trade sounds ridiculous! We are no different than doctors, accountants or mechanical engineers in this regard.

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Steve Belovarich Author

😐 All the professions you listed have unions
American Society Of Mechanical Engineers asme.org/
Union Of American Physicians and Dentists uapd.com/all-doctors-need-a-union/
Union of Accountants and Auditors ifac.org/about-ifac/membership/mem...

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Prahlad Yeri

While that may be true, these are more of a "namby pamby club" or meetup kinda unions where like-minded individuals share their learning. I thought we are talking about industrial unions, the kind that fights against capitalist corps and employers for the worker's rights and wages?

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Steve Belovarich Author

I’m saying it can be both or either, that’s up for discussion.

It’s about time we figure out a way for women to get paid an equal wage and help enable minorities who are otherwise discriminated against find employment IMHO. We also need to deal with the unequal footing created by the contractor culture in America. I don’t know how that noble goal is an “anti-pattern”.