According to the National Association of Manufacturers, there is a dire shortage of skilled production workers in the United States.
Earlier this year, Robert J. Samuelson took to the pages of the Washington Post to explain this troublesome phenomenon. He cited a number of economists and other experts who offered a variety of explanations. He concluded there is not a shortage of skilled workers. “The answer almost certainly involves employers, not workers, ” Samuelson writes. “Businesses have become more risk - averse. They’re more reluctant to hire. They’ve raised standards. For many reasons, they’ve become more demanding and discriminating. These reasons could include(a) doubts about the recovery;(b) government policies raising labor costs(example: the Affordable Care Act’s insurance mandates);(c) unwillingness to pay for training; and(d) fear of squeezed profits. In practice, motives mix. ” Here’s another motive: corporations are “outsourcing, ” that is to say they prefer to pay dismally compensated wage slaves in China to crank out our kitchenware and Indian programmers to write apps for our smart phones. Transnational corporations have exploited the bankster contrived economic “downturn”(a polite word for depression) to “outsource” even more skilled labor jobs to the third world, as a chart from 2009 revealed. Corporations cite a lack of skilled labor as the excuse for shipping jobs overseas, but this is balderdash.
We need access to workers with the skills that will allow American#manufacturersto grow & succeed.#MFGimmigrationpic. twitter. com / lJ2GdWVEsh— Nat Assoc of Mfg(@ ShopFloorNAM)October 24,2013
According to research, the primary reason for corporate outsourcing was to “reduce operating costs” (46 percent). A mere 12 percent said the reason for outsourcing was “access to world class capabilities.” The National Association of Manufacturers doesn’t really think the average American is an unskilled sloth. It believes you’re paid too much and your standard of living is too high. It’s time for a playing field level with Vietnam where a worker with a bachelor’s degree earns around $10,000 per year. Instead of going to Vietnam and China, however, a different paradigm has arisen over the last few years - transnational corporations want to change the immigration laws in the United States and ship in millions of workers from the third world. “Reform of U.S. immigration law regarding legal immigrants is essential to the nation’s competitiveness,” explains the National Association of Manufacturers. “Such reform should include fundamental changes in the method of determining the number of employment-based visas, creating a system with an emphasis on market demands.