|The Jack Wade Show||
The Race To The Bottom, Phase 2
We all know how adept corporate America has become at offshoring manufacturing jobs. They send their production, what used to be a major source of our jobs to factories in countries like China and their call center jobs to countries like India. The official corporate quest for greater and greater profits on their quarterly reports has turned the third world into a virtual global hiring hall where capital chases lower and lower labor costs and turns a blind eye to working conditions.
All of the above creates a dilemma for the "poor" CEO who is at the helm of a service industry business that, because of the nature of its business, has to render its services right here in the good old USA. The restaurant industry is a perfect example. One CEO of a national restaurant chain that was the target of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement inspection raid that netted 500 undocumented workers reacted in an unexpected way, he demanded that our electeds change the immigration laws.
The reason being that the fast food industry has a high turnover rate.
We've all heard the standard line from business people that they can't find American workers willing to do certain jobs. In the case of many corporate fast food jobs, I suspect the real case is that they can't find American workers willing to work long hours for low pay! If many corps in that industry paid a living wage and had decent benefits, they would have a minimal employee turnover.
Haven't we heard that song before years ago when manufacturing CEOs who subsequently took their production overseas were asking our electeds to reduce global trade barriers? They almost sang a chorus of "We Are The World" to get what they wanted, low cost labor. Let's not let history repeat itself in the service industries! I have no problem with loosening up immigration policies for moral or ethical reasons, not for cheap labor!
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