Thursday, February 26, 2015

Changing your collar

In Robert Reichs "Why the rich are getting richer" he speaks on the subject of the decline in assembly jobs. In the 1950's to the 1970's most of the american middle class depended on factory jobs to make a living. At the time these type of jobs paid well. The American people were able to make a living and support their family with these jobs. But towards the 1960's the big corperations discovered that other countrys or states were willing to work for less. This began the cycle of outsourcing jobs to other places to save money. This hurt the Amercian people putting alot of people out of work or making them work for far less. This would start the shift in the American work force from blue collar to white collar, which led to competition. He later goes on to share how this meant most of the blue collar workers would not be able to keep up in this new economy. How the poor middle class would only become poorer and the rich richer.
In the article "Blue Collar Brilliance" writer Mike Rose tells us of his personal experience with the blue collar work force which supports Reich's claim of the blue collar work force having more trouble than before. He tells of us his familys struggles to support itself and some of the sacrifices made for each other. But rather than barrage us with page after page of information he tells us stories that show the resourcefulness and competence required of a person in that field.
I feel like Mike Rose proved his point better by trying to personally relate with the reader to point out the troubles of a blue collar worker. Because i as a blue collar worker myself have experienced some of these problems. And i feel that a story is always better remembered and proccesed than a list of facts and a history lesson.

1 comment:

  1. I agreed with Reich in "Why the Rich are Getting Richer, in the fact large corporations are looking to oust workers. These corporations Reich says, create more and more machinery to make their products that traditionally relied on people to do. Some businesses have been merciful by relocating work to poorer countries, at the cost of paying those people a ridiculously low amount of money as opposed to Americans.
    In "Nickeled and Dimed" Ehrenreich reflects on her time spent as a maid, working for little to no pay with extremely small breaks that are few and far in-between. The common idea shared in both writings is that people are getting screwed. Whether the workforce was the same 60 years ago or not, companies are more interested in the bucks saved reather than the people.