So through tax incentives president Trump was able to strike a deal to save 800 Carrier Corp. jobs in Indiana but 700 are still headed to Mexico, or so the story goes. A story I read said that at least one (and I imagine many more) employees don’t fault Trump for not saving all the jobs, but instead Carrier itself. Of course Carrier is a corporation not a person — oh, that’s right our Supreme Court does consider corporations people with all the rights that come with that designation. I had always thought a corporation was only a person in a strict legal sense involving liability and legal contracts and such, not individual human civil liberties guaranteed in our Constitution, but I digress.
(Former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who granted tax breaks, was not able to save those lost jobs in his state either. I have read various stories about the exact number of Carrier jobs going to Mexico and some say thousands. The number is not really important for this little essay, just the fact that it seems difficult to save American jobs.)
Yeah, I fault Carrier too. I fault all corporations who shun American workers but take advantage of the protections offered by their home country made possible by the blood, sweat, and tears of working people.
And it just so happens I pull a refrigerated big truck trailer, the refer unit of which is, you guessed it, a Carrier.
But of course corporations are not benevolent societies or charities. They depend upon profit and in the global marketplace they tend to move their production to where the labor is cheapest. Sometimes that changes. An example, relatively cheap labor has moved from China to Vietnam.
If Mexico ever got its act together for its people it might not have such cheap labor. Of course low-wage jobs are better than none at all.
Those Carrier employees young enough will move on, to other factories, to other work pursuits.
Maybe the lesson to be learned is don’t depend upon one employer.
Who wants to be a slave to one entity?
And the children of those workers are not entering into a world where you just go to high school and then go to work at the factory. And lucky them I would say.
When I was in high school in the mid to late 60’s it seemed about half the people in the town where I lived worked at one saw mill/wood products factory and the other half worked at another. There was actually more than two of them, but two large ones. Well much of that work is no longer there. But the town still is. In fact it has grown.
Today’s young adults really do have to get a better education than was required before to make a living — and this education can take many forms, from traditional college to special technologies and maybe a combination of traditional higher education but with a bent toward technology.
Factory work once seemed enticing because it was steady (for the most part) and paid well (for the most part). But you know? I had my time (thankfully short) in a factory. After that it was never enticing.
Even with the expansion of job-robbing technology we still have the human element. And this nation is for we humans, we workers, not the artificial humans called corporations.
Don’t depend upon Trump as a savior. Most of his talk was just campaign rhetoric and he has his hands full now with things that much to his surprise he has found “complex” (his own word in his own limited vocabulary) and difficult.
As always, one has to depend upon one’s self.