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Unions in the 19th century helped improve working conditions in factories and pushed for stricter child labor regulations. They are an Industrial Age organization. In the Information Age of today, they cause more harm than good. One of the many reasons that jobs are being displaced to Asia and other countries is because unions push wages above the market value making it too expensive for companies to hire local workers.

The movie industry gets away with unions because they pretty much have to use local actors and writers, etc, because they speak the language and understand the culture. However, if the software industry starts creating unions, companies will have no reason hire local workers and even more software development jobs will be displaced to other countries such as India and Brazil. I really don't think that's the effect that this Ron Gilbert guy has in mind...
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Ron Gilbert's been in the business long enough to know what would help the gaming industry. Some unions HAVE turned from helpful to harmful economy-wise (NYC dockworkers) but unionizing developers may be a good idea if they can influence big time publishers like EA to stop churning out crap games at breakneck paces.
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Yay, another industry that unions can wreck.

They had their place 100 years ago to save people from dangrous working conditions and virtually no pay, however these baby programmers have neither.

These unions clammer for "bringing people together" when in reality they just want money, and since the programmers want more money and less work, they will attempt to bring in the unions.

It is up to the studio to optimize and multi-thread, not money making leaches. things like the research sponsored by Intel and the other companies will help software optimization, not some union.
    
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Originally Posted by FuNkDrSpOt View Post
Nah, it really does seem to be a trend on OCN and the two topics of 'company' and 'wages' are related to this exact convo.

Point blank, with the major networks trying harder and harder to do web broadcasts, writers HAD to get compensation. At this point now, writers get compensation when the show is aired on TV, why wouldn't it be fair for web-related and dvd sales compensation?

If anything, you should be mad at the Networks for your strike going on for far too long. They're the ones who had unreasonable demands.
But the way he put it is not correct, as I stated before.
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