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Friday, November 18, 2011

Professional Associations

There have been lots of conversations in the past months about Unions and Professional Associations. Sometimes they stem from the political issues of voting on whether to curb the abilities of Unions for public service workers, sometimes from students who aren't sure whether spending the bit of money they have on a membership is worth the cost, and sometimes from those who are job seeking and wonder whether they ought to attend a meeting.

Where do you all stand? Are you members of NASW? Do you have other Professional Associations? Do you encourage others to join? Why or why not?

1 comment:

  1. I am a member of the UAW 6000. I pay dues and am glad to do so. It is too bad that we easily forget the hard earned work protocols and laws that we now enjoy. Such as the 40 hour work week or benefits.

    In terms of the NASW, I have not been a member in a long time but now I feel a need to interact with SW as I now work in a n environment where I am the only SW in my area and there is not a social work dept. That is one of the reasons that I am on this site.