in NY and working as a "clerical"
employee in an education system,
I belong to the New York State
United Teachers Union. Under
this umbrella, clericals are
sub-divided into a smaller sect.
ALL our clericals are women.
The pay is minimal (thanks to
job classifications), and promotion
is NIL. Civil Service doesn't
help by accomodating any inequities
by keeping classifications stagnant
and outdated. ALL the top staff
is male. I came from Wall Street
where harassment was an everyday
issue, but at least it was out
front. This subversive inequity
is mind numbing and insidious.
Can you recommend a way for
us to start another battle?
I know this sounds simplistic,
but the battle a few of us have
been fighting has died. Our
worst enemy are the clerical
women. I don't totally blame
them, a lot is ignorance fanned
by fear of unemployment. Can
we read something that would
give us a logistical head-start?
Anything is appreciated. Apathy
is rampant. THANK YOU.
for your note to FEMINIST.COM
and I'm so sorry to hear about
all that you are going through.
Did you know that clerical jobs
(like teaching and nursing)
used to be 99% male? As these
jobs got "devalued" it became
a 99% female profession. I guess
that's not very comforting,
but there is comfort to be found
in the fact that 1.) more and
more men are becoming nurses
and teachers and thus these
are becoming higher paid jobs---clerical
jobs may be next; and 2.) with
the "advent" of the computer---clerical
now means so much more in the
eyes of those not doing it and
hopefully, will soon be respected
places to go---I would contact
National Association of Working
Women. They function as
a union of sorts for clerical
workers. They do good work and
have produced good results.
I hope this helps--good luck.