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ELECTION: Guild? Union? What’s the difference?

Letter by Kenneth J. Severe, Lakewood on Aug. 12, 2010 at 11:07 am with No Comments »
August 12, 2010 2:39 pm

Re: “Wurts mislabeled by opponent” (letter, 8-12).

It’s nice to know that a member of the Lakewood Police Independent Guild thinks his organization is different than a “union.” Can someone explain to me the difference?

In Lakewood, the police officers are “represented” by a “guild.” That is not a stand-alone organization like the original medieval guilds of artisans or merchants that organized (uh, oh – “organize” is a union word) to maintain the standards of their craft. The police guild in Lakewood has a written legal contract with the city that spells out the working conditions, pay, benefits and more.

The other employees are organized (uh, oh – there’s that union word again) and “represented” by a union. They, too, have a legal written contract that spells out the working conditions, pay, benefits and more.

Can someone also tell me the difference between a fiddle and a violin?

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