Tuesday, May 31, 2005

My American Job

Barbara from California has had a lot of discussion on her site about outsourcing, and buying things made in America, and so on, which has had me thinking about that all day.
For the most part I think that things made in the USA are well-made. We're hard workers I believe. I believe that labor unions are a good thing. Without the original labor unions we would not have retirement plans, paid health insurance, vacation time, sick leave, etc.
At the same time, perhaps American workers relaxed a bit too much. There is a lot of "It's not my job," attitude out there. Did our employers desert us first, or did we desert them first? Which came first? Posted by Hello


actonbell said...


AP3 said...

I think mostly our employers let us down first. It's hard to have pride in a job well-done, in some ways, when it has so little bearing on job security and such. Why should low-wage earners knock themselves out when they're such pawns to their employers? I can understand the feeling that "I've done MY job, and that's enough."

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Thank you for the plug, lucinda.

I try to buy American as often as possible, like LL Bean (although I just found out a towel I bought was made in Turkey.) I want to help those individuals here first, if possible.

There is a distinction between self-pride and the recognition we expect from others. I LOVE that road kill, by the way. A truly original photo.

Thanks again,

Jamie Dawn said...

That pic is funny! I guess it could be considered road art.

Raine said...

I think it happened simultaneously and is a natural occurrence as our economy changed and lifetime employment at one company became rare. I think unions were absolutely necessary but have become, in the 21st century, outdated due to the global economy and the mobility of workers.

jevanking™ said...

Boy, this is a loaded question, because I'm gonna upset someone whatever I say here.

I think that the employers let us down first, I mean that had to for us to have to form unions. However, I think that many employees take advantage of corporations through their unions. Yes, people get paid more which is good, but I also think that hourlys--especially in a unionized environment have a tendency to milk the clock, not show up for work, etc. Keep in mind this is from personal experience, not fact based (because I really don't want to take the time to research it :) ). It's just how I feel. Seriously, great question.