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would probably be the correct conclusion, but I cannot agree with you 
below. Unions were created as a method to provide labor with a voice. 
In practice, unions do practice advancement based on seniority and not on 
skills or merit. The reason for this is to protect the workers from 
subjective supervisors. 
BTW: In New York, public defenders are unionized. My cousin was apublic 
defender for several years. She even spent a year working for the union, 
then was promoted to management. She is now in private practice. 
On 18 Jul 2002 at 16:42, Derek D. Martin wrote:
> This, I entirely agree with.  Unions are a tool of the mediocre to
> ensure unwarranted advancement, and of the piss-poor to avoid
> termination.  I'd much rather compete on my merits.

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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