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  •  It would be interesting to look (5+ / 0-)

    at males in blue colllar jobs and what has happened to their wages sine 1978.  

    I would bet that relative wages have declined.  Lots of reasons for it, but they got left out.  

    It's very good that women now have access to those jobs, but now they share the same low wages.  

    The American people must wise up and rise up!

    by TomP on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 10:59:21 AM PDT

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      Leo in NJ

      Automation and outsourcing have made blue collar non-trade jobs less comparatively valuable. Unskilled assembly work in 1978 is done by a machine today, with a lower cost and less defects.

      Additionally, you have to look at the fact that the relative wage of third world workers is much higher than it was in 1978.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 02:38:13 PM PDT

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      •  Besides (0+ / 0-)

        There are 7 billion people on the planet today and 4 billion in 1978. People expect higher real salaries with almost double the people against a strained natural resource base? How does that happen exactly?

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 02:41:42 PM PDT

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    •  I'm a veteran carpenter and (3+ / 0-)
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      satrap, Leo in NJ, Eric Blair

      right now I get paid as much as I did 20 years ago.  It varies by state and cities, of course.  Pretty disheartening.

      "Hey, I'm depraved on account of I'm deprived!" ...Dear Officer Krupke...

      by bryker on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 02:57:00 PM PDT

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