On the subject of unionizing secretaries, the directors of two of the country's largest, oldest and most exclusive secretarial schools take opposing views:
Lynn D. Salvage, president of Katharine Gibbs School, headquartered in New York: "I might have been in favor of (unions) 10 ro 20 years ago, but now they might be a liability instead of an asset for the executive secretary.
"There is a tremendous shortage of secretaries. That means salaries will be pushed up anyway. Secretaries' benefits are generally the same as for other employes. And on the issue of professional respect, a lot of that is coming now. And if a secretary doesn't get it, she can go to another company.
"We're slowly moving back to a situation where the secretary is an entry level position. . . . if we put a union label on them it may obstruct their movement up through the ranks."
Miryan drucker, director of the Washington School for Secretaries: "My personal opinion is that we need to organize. It's wonderful to think that we're going to be able to solve problems by speaking with management -- but we've already been doing that and the problems still exist.
"I don't know if the answer is joining the '925 Union,' but as women and as secretaries we owe it to ourselves to investigate. A professional organization isn't enough.
"There is a separation between professional secretaries and clerk typists, but they are all professioanls. I think there should be freedom of choice. Each person should look into it and see for herself."