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    :: Thursday, October 30, 2003 ::

    IT Workers Latest Victims of "Global Economy" by Peter Ian Asen LaborNotes
    Though the fledgling IT unions do have the eventual goal of gaining collective bargaining agreements, they are realistic that the task of organizing an almost completely non-union industry will not happen overnight. As such, they see the internal issues-based organizing they are doing now as very important.

    'The work that we've been doing for the past seven or eight months,' WashTech organizer Marcus Courtney says about the union's anti-offshoring campaign, 'shows that unions cannot strictly rely on a collective bargaining strategy in order to grow their membership. We could be looking back at the work we're doing today, with the offshoring campaign, and say 'we are helping to lead a sea change in the attitudes of white collar professional workers in the labor movement.''
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