Monday, May 28, 2012

More Made in the USA

Though more work on the factory line
Is always a positive sign,
Manufacturing's rise
In the US belies
That wages are on the decline.

The headline in The Wall Street Journal reads: Flat US Wages Help Fuel Rebound in Manufacturing," but, looking a little behind the headline, it becomes apparent that the rebound is fueled by a sharp decline in starting wages. Two-tier wage agreements have become a common practice in union factories, with new hires earning $8-10 an hour less than "legacy" workers. Coupled with the strong rise in Chinese manufacturing wages, as well as increases south of the border, this development has led to the migration of factory jobs back to the US, and a 4.3% overall increase since 2010.

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