CEOs of American companies complain of a lack of skilled workers and the lack of job training.
But if you look at what most of them do, and not what they say, they don’t really want productive workers. They want replaceable workers.
So argues Thomas Geoghegan, a Chicago labor lawyer, in his outstanding new book, ONLY ONE THING CAN SAVE US: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement.
One obvious example of this is Boeing’s decision to have its new Dreamliner made by inexperienced, low-paid workers in South Carolina rather than members of the International Association of Machinists in Seattle. They had production and quality problems in South Carolina, but their priority evidently was to get away from the union.
Now the same management philosophy is being applied to public schools, universities and hospitals. Well-trained, well-paid professionals are harassed, laid off and replaced with inexperienced newcomers.