|The Jack Wade Show||
If you were looking for your favorite corporate engineered fast food meal today, you may have noticed that various places had picket lines outside their doors. Those workers have jobs that are long on hours and short on pay and benefits. Many fast food and big box store jobs also have limited medical benefits, so their employees wind up needing state assistance. Translation, taxpayers are saddled with paying for things that should be the responsibility of employers! Fast food and big box workers have pride and want to be paid a fair wage so they can pull their own weight and that's why they are striking!
Sadly, thanks to the Democrats and Republicans who keep supporting "free" trade agreements, our nation has devolved from an economy that had the high paying, unionized manufacturing jobs of an industrialized, developed nation to that of a third world country which can mainly sustain low wage service sector jobs. American workers have been brainwashed and mentally beaten into submission for so long that they have forgotten what it means to stand up for their rights! It is a pleasure to see the fast food workers stand up for theirs, especially in Southern "right to work for less" states. Therefore, I ask that you honor the picket lines of the courageous striking fast food workers who are reminding organized labor of their roots and could revitalize the movement. Remember, if you decide to cross the picket line just to get a burger that you may wind up working there someday.
How many times have you heard your electeds, the people who are supposed to be looking out for YOUR interests explain away the fact that most of the well paying manufacturing jobs are gone in this country with some smug throwaway comment about the American workforce lacking the skills required for today's job market? The truth of the matter is that most of the new “job growth” in our economy has been in the service sector, specifically in the high paying fields of fast food burger flipping and big box store “associating.” The reason for that is obviously because at the expense of working Americans who voted them in, our electeds helped the only constituency that really matters to them, the corporate and super rich backers who paid for their campaigns. Those well-heeled backers got much more than their money's worth from our electeds in the form of lowered trade tariffs, a seemingly endless number of “free” trade agreements and legislation deregulating anything that stands in the way of the aforementioned corps. making a buck.
Since our electeds brought it up, let's look at their bogus claim that American workers lack the skill set needed for today's manufacturing jobs. That skill set is primarily obtained on the job because by and large, different companies do things differently because of differing manufacturing techniques and trade secrets. That's why one brand of a product category can be very different from another brand. You can get general training in a particular industry through higher education or trade schools, but will not get the practical and marketable industry specific knowledge that you get from on the job training. That's why we have many new college grads flipping burgers in a fast food place instead of working in the industries that their costly education covers.
At this point, I'm sure that you can guess that many American corporations still provide on the job training that leads to the “skills required for today's job market" except that they do so for those workers in third world nations who are willing to work for next to nothing. The real story about corporations who manufacture offshore instead of here is that they are not interested is finding people with “skills” that aren't available here, they are only interested in shopping the globe for cheap labor. Similarly, politicians who spout nonsense about Americans lacking “skills for today's job market” aren't interested in telling us the truth about their complicity in job offshoring, they are only interested in getting us off their backs with a quick, convenient lie!
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