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Is there really a – Skills gap- ?
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A newspaper headline reads:
‘Skills gap’ leaves 3 million jobs open
Is there really a skills gap or is there much more to this story ?
Again Politifact Ohio, a fact finding, so called Truth-O-Meter, misdirects a focus of an issue just my their process.They report there are 3 million jobs that are vacant each month in the U.S. There may be 3 million jobs open because the employers can not find skilled workers but this is not the core story behind the problem. I tell the young people to stay away from high technology and look for something unique where they can not be used as economic cannon fodder. High technology industries for the most part, only offer transient type jobs. Our region once was considered to be one of the best high technology centers in the country until free trade came. More than a thousands of computer businesses went out of business in just Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Nationally, about 100 major computer manufacturers closed down too or moved factories outside of the country. Once there were at least 50,000 workers supporting all these manufacturers in our region. Nationally, millions of workers in the computer industry have
lost their jobs since the late 1980s. It will take a very long time before things level out, if ever.
It also should be noted that the computer industry was started and thrived for many years based on in house training. It took the colleges many years to formulate decent computer education to compete with what was happening in the computer industry. Being part of every computer generation, I attended several corporate computer schools myself. Companies now want off the shelf experience workers who are supposed to be ready and on call as needed. Plus many of the high technology jobs these days only offer entry level pay. Workers can make more waiting on tables in good restaurants.
Going further back in time, I had several factory jobs while going to college. It was the factory foremen who took the young off the street and trained them. By the time, I graduated from college, I was a good spot welder, machine operator, inventory control manager, set up man for two assembly lines and much more. Back then, companies trained the workers and in turn many workers made enough money to get married, have children with some raising large families, buy a home and help send their children through college. If these jobs were available today, millions of workers would be standing in line to get them.
I do not know why newspapers keep peddling propaganda about the work day. I think most newspapers are controlled by selfish interests and are globalist free traders. They choose to destroy the value of workers and labor while publishing out of focus reports about the so call ‘skill gap’. There is no skill gap in America but there are forces in place to degrade and deflate the value of workers and labor not only in America but across the globe. They change the focus of issues to fit their globalization process. It is really a road to nowhere for them too.
Need to recycle our economy too. Free trade not green.
We need to recycle our dirty economies too
Many people and communities are into recycling materials and think they are doing something good. They are to an extent but there is much more to the pollution problem than this. Free trade has impacted the way we do things deeply. Not much is said about the packaging and paper industry, products now require a lot of protection traveling up to 8000 miles to get to the market.
We wrote about the 8000 mile energy light bulb that uses enormous amounts of energy to get to market from dirty factories in China where mercury is on the factory floors. ( See Dirty Energy saving devices travel 8000 miles from dirty factories in China where mercury is out in the open on factory floors. Where even pregnant women workers get cut by the glass. Dirty Energy Saving Contradictions ) But there is even more to the story than this related to all goods we import.
As ships get bigger, the pollution is getting worse. The most staggering statistic of all is that just 16 of the world’s largest ships can produce as much lung-clogging sulphur pollution as all the world’s cars.
Fred Pierce, UK Environmental Consultant for Scientist magazine, described the conditions like this. “We’ve all noticed it. The filthy black smoke kicked out by funnels on cross-Channel ferries, cruise liners, container ships, oil tankers and even tugboats.”
“It looks foul, and leaves a brown haze across ports and shipping lanes. But what hasn’t been clear until now is that it is also a major killer, probably causing thousands of deaths in Britain alone.”
The super container ships burn the cheapest, filthiest, high-sulphur fuel available. Nobody on land is allowed to use it. Millions of people are affected by it. The ports in the United States where tons of imports come in everyday are nests of deaths. There are no walls in the sky to protect the atmosphere.
The large trucks and container railroads flowing from the port, add to the problem as does all the hidden factors like the protective packaging needed for the long haul ride. The trucks fan out for miles around the ports invading the countryside.
There are now about 100,000 ships being used to support our long haul shipping needs and thousands more of the super container ships are being built. If only 16 super ships do as much damage as they do, just think what thousands more will do.
I also wonder how the overhead costs of long haul shipping is affordable through the process of free trade. This can only exists if the cost of labor and workers is very cheap. And as the process creates new working poor classes in the more prosperous nations the need for cheaper and cheaper labor is required to balance out the difference between consumers having high enough wages to support the process where more than a billion workers are ready to world for practically nothing to survive.
So the next time, you take out your recycles to the curb, think about all of this. If our value added local economies still existed there would be very little to take to the dump. We need to think more about recycling our economies rather that materials that never should have existed in the first place. How is all this excess stuff affecting the health of our children and future generations.
Our globalist free trade world is beginning to stink in more ways than one.
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Workers are – commoditized – in global arenaFebruary 23rd 2009 21:04
By Ray Tapajna, Editor and Artist at Tapart News and Art that Talks see mobile user friendly summary of articles
Free Trade and Globalization have “commoditised” workers. Have workers become the “stepchildren” of philosophy and religion ?
Workers Dignity is challenged in the global economy with philosophy and religion seemingly standing on the side lines and just watching the degradation of the value of workers in more ways than one. Workers have been put on a global block to compete with one another for the same jobs down to the levels of wage slave and even child labor. It is not only an economic problem but also a religious and philosophical one too.
As we noted at Bizarre Politics , the value of workers and labor in economics is a real tangible one and acts as a real money standard since the money standard of paper money is based on the makeup of a whole society or nation. Labor represents a major part of it. So it is nonsensical to discount this value and expect the value of paper money not to degrade in the process. The old money standard was based on gold but gold proved to be too much of a powerful static value for the investment community with all their speculative money products. The gold standard was switched to just printing images on paper and calling it money. To add a money value to it, all kinds of speculative money games are played while the most important part is ignored – the value of workers and labor.
In reference to the common good, workers and labor are the essence of it. Even Adam Smith held workers and labor as something sacred and the core of society. All economic life should set upom the priorities of ” the least among us” . The Free Enterprise system should fill this need and in turn make it easier for all people to be good . However, the Free Enterprise system has been smashed by the Free Market in an anything goes environment.
Consumers are also responsible. If you asked people as consumers, what they think about companies that sell under cost just to take markets away from other companies who do not have enough capital to sell their products under costs for a long time. They will usually give you a blank look. The victor will always be the company with the most money. When asked about this, some say it is none of their business of how a company can sell goods under costs. However, Christians and all people with good will should know better and do something about it. They should ask about the conditions behind the bargains they search for knowing “lost leader” economies to not work and nor to they satisfied the common good.
1. First of all, we should all act on the principle that an economy exists for the common good.
2. Labor is not a tool of capitalism but capitalism should be the tool of all for a better life. Neither Communism or unbridled Capitalism work.
3. All our economic choices should be judged according to human dignity and the way to enhance it and not degrade it.
4. All in society have the right to secure productive work, just wages, benefits and decent working conditions. When workers are displaced, there has to be institutions ready to fill in the voids. The term underemployment was used quite a bit in the past but has lost its meaning in our economy. Only 37 per cent of all American workers qualify for unemployment insurance. The majority do not make enough money in any given period or have a job long enough to qualify. Part-time jobs , temporary jobs , contract labor , leased jobs and casual casual labor positions have taken over. Hardly no one asks where and what are the workers doing who do not qualify for unemployment insurance. There is no data about this void in our economy.
5. Everyone has the right to make enough money to have a family and have enough left over to support the broader society and those who fall through the cracks in any economy.
6. This should all happen in vibrant human dynamic environment where a level playing field is guaranteed. Big money and big government has distorted this just need. Those who control the Free Market should know that the degradation of the value of workers and labor impacts their money and investments too. They should know that any attack on the common good is an attack on all in a society.
I was actually told that the children in India are happy to get the jobs that pay pennies a day to help support their families. Is this what the Free Market is all about ? Do we live off the suffering of children like this across the globe ? Apparently, we do.
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