Wednesday, July 8, 2009


General Terms

The WTU operates the WTU E-Portal for the education and personal edification of our visitors. Use of the WTU E-Portal is conditioned on the User’s acceptance of all these Terms of Use, including the disclaimers set forth below. Use of the WTU E-Portal constitutes the User’s agreement to all those terms and conditions. If you cannot agree with all of these terms, please exit the WTU E-Portal.

The purpose of the WTU E-Portal is to establish a creative networking environment by which WTU members and other interested parties can share knowledge and opinions related to union matters, education, and related professional pursuits.

The articles posted on the WTU E-Portal are sometimes provided by guest bloggers. These Terms of Use apply to all authors and submissions, and by posting on the WTU’s E-Portal, the authors agree to abide by these Terms of Use.

The WTU E-Portal reflects the opinions of the individuals who post. Sometimes some of us will have strong opinions on one side or the other of a particular issue. The WTU launched the WTU Blog to create a forum for sharing those ideas. But opinions on the WTU E-Portal reflect the views of the authors, not necessarily the institutional positions of the WTU. Any claim otherwise would violate the spirit and purpose of the WTU E-Portal.

Editorial Review

Consistent with all applicable laws, the WTU reserves the right to determine whether any submission or comment shall be posted on or removed from the WTU E-Portal. The WTU further reserves the right to edit as needed, for space, defamatory statements, detriment to the WTU, or personal attacks.

Blog Format

1. Blog articles are intended to be a candid, informal look into the most compelling issues facing our industry today. They serve as both a catalyst for sharing ideas within our organization and a link between our industry and the outside world. Be creative, have fun, but be sure to address the topic thoroughly and accurately.

2. The author is responsible for all content. Check facts, cite sources, and check spelling and grammar before submitting. This includes your name and role with the WTU.

3. Advertisements, sponsorships, or other commercial materials are strictly prohibited.

4. Be authentic and truthful. Write what you know. Do no spread gossip, hearsay, or assumptions.

5. If you make an error while blogging, acknowledge it and promptly correct it.

6. Add value and strive to be interesting by providing worthwhile information and perspective.


Any User may contribute to the discussion by submitting comments in response to each article. A comment must be relevant to the specific post to which it addresses. Spam, defamation, personal attacks, disclosure of trade secrets, and off-topic comments are not permitted. The WTU reserves the right to reject or remove inappropriate comments.

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As a blogger or commentator on the WTU E-Portal, you are accepting a level of personal responsibility. Use good judgment and act professionally. A blog or community post is visible to the entire world. Remember that what you write may be public for a long time. Be respectful to all, and protect your privacy and the privacy of others. Please cite sources and check facts for accuracy. Check spelling and grammar as well before submitting. Respect your audience and do not use obscenities, personal insults, ethnic slurs or other disparaging language to express yourself. Users agree to defend, indemnify, and hold the WTU harmless from and against any claims, losses or liabilities based on a violation of any posted comments.

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