FW: salary taboo - Thanks

Bosley_J (BosleyJ@ORE.PSB.BLS.GOV)
Fri, 15 Dec 1995 17:22:00 EST

I think that Ms. Pine's hit on a very important theme here. To me it ties in
as well to a post earlier today in which the writer expressed doubts about
the willingness of college faculties to unionize. One reason that blue
collar workers aren't secretive about their pay is that they in many cases
can't be, and furthermore by talking about it they can develop a shared
awareness of how badly they're getting ripped off. A posting on another list
today, from OECD, notes that the US has the highest disparity between rich
and poor of any industrialized country. I think it's time for professionals
to open up a bit, talk about their salaries, and then transform the
resulting wrath into effective bargaining with their bosses...

John Bosley
From: owner-anthro-l
To: Multiple recipients of list ANTHRO-L
Subject: Re: salary taboo - Thanks
Date: Friday, December 15, 1995 12:35PM

My husband, a blue collar worker from a working class family, assures me
that workers here in the US discuss their pay openly all the time. He finds
amusing that "professionals" make such a secret of it.

-Judy Pine
Anth grad student, lurker, etc.

On Fri, 15 Dec 1995, Nils Zurawski wrote:

> Hi
> thanks to everybody who answered to my question about the money taboo.
> was very interesting to hear, thoagh all of you told me about middle class
> jobs. What about the workers, because that is the difference here in
> Germany, that they talk openly about what they get and would tell it most
> of the time if you would ask them.
> Thanks again for your help and answers.
> regards from Germany
> Nils