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Do more with less is the mantra across much of the modern American workplace. That reflects both technological advances that have increased productivity with computers or machinery and cutbacks made because shedding jobs is the fastest way to slash operating expenses.
The combination of the two makes for an unsettled atmosphere on this Labor Day. Michigan is among the particular places where the workforce is undergoing a wrenching transition of uncertain outcome. Thousands of manufacturing jobs have vanished, and thousands more will soon go the way of buyouts, retirement deals or outright elimination. There are no equivalent replacements on the horizon, and a serious ripple effect can be expected on the retail and service sectors.
And with the state's unemployment rate already at 7%, more than two percentage points higher than the national average, well, a day off in celebration of labor is pretty meaningless to a lot of folks who would rather be on the job, or on a job.
Originally posted by shots
Timely post indeed Red. Normally Labor Day is celebrated by the American worker, however this year because of all the flack received from illegals several Unions are boycotting the normal parades citing lose of jobs along with other issues.
Originally posted by seagull
The world has never seen anything like the american worker, amongst the highest paid, and highest achieving that the world has ever seen. Like it or not, American workers are the engine that powers the worlds economy...not to say there aren't other contributors to it, obviously...Japan, South Korea, Peoples Republic of China, etc...yet none of these amount to more than a small fraction of the productivity of the American worker. So for one day out of the year, let's all doff our hats and reflect on the wonder that is the American worker.