I'm taking the class to support a research interest in Libraries and Collective Bargaining which has emerged from my work with the SIUC Faculty Association. I gather from the syllabus and from chatting with Greg that the central theme of the course is the impact of the Information economy on working conditions and labor relations. For librarians, the immediate relevance is that the library "profession" has had ambiguous status historically. Claims of professionalism by and for librarians have helped to depress librarians' salaries and cut us off from rights enjoyed by other workers and by "real" professionals. As we chase that elusive professional status, the opportunity to recast ourselves as "information professionals" is dividing the profession into a library-drudge (pace Dorothea) proletariat and a wannabe elite of information specialists who see themselves as serving clients. Collective bargaining is a way out of this quagmire, if we can turn our access to and expertise with Information to our advantage and get a handle on our working conditions. The question I asked myself about why I got involved with a union was, "what do you do when they declare class warfare against you?"