Well put, Sharon! In my own experience, the only way specialists and their needs are addressed in a contract or workplace is if he/she becomes involved in their union, either as an official or as a negotiator when possible. I have given this opinion before, but essentially if you don't get
involved in making things better for your profession, no one will do it for you! You are absolutely right in saying that negotiators don't work in a vacuum and need constant reminders of the issues that are important to members. More importantly, don't expect them to own your issues or even begin
to understand them--get involved yourself. I would guess that any one of us out there on the list that have involved themselves in leadership in this way have indeed affected change for the better for their departments and colleauges. Sitting back and wondering why nobody loves you is not the way
to make positive changes. Get involved!