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Blue Collar Workers

Trump's dark "gift" makes victims of us all

Celia Wexler | Posted 11.13.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

Since last week's election, through Facebook, op-eds, emails, and tweets, those who fear the new administration have been producing billions of words....

Trump's Special Snowflakes

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Co-authored by Anne Balay PhD, visiting assistant professor, Haverford College. Following the Orlando massacre's call for blood donations, there's a ...

American Workers Crushed Under China's Deliberate Overproduction

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.19.2017 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

China makes way, way too much steel. In 2015, it produced nearly 500 million tons more than it needed. Production of that steel was subsidized by the Chinese government in ways that violate international trade rules, so the price was artificially low. And China suppresses the value of its currency, further falsely reducing the cost of the steel.

The Value of Work -- Reflections on Building an Interracial Political Coalition

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Last Sunday, January 17, in a sermon, "Prophecy and Politics," for Martin Luther King Day at Prospect Park United Methodist Church about my experiences as a young man in the civil rights movement, I addressed prejudices against working class whites.

I Need a Seat at the Next Debate Table

Tom Gerdy | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics
Tom Gerdy

The United States' national political process should be declared a disaster zone. I am embarrassed for our country with how presidential elections have become sideshows.

Why Blue Collar Entrepreneurs Have So Much Opportunity to Succeed

Yura Bryant | Posted 10.12.2016 | Business
Yura Bryant

When you think of entrepreneurship, you probably think of a tech company founder or someone who performs some type of white collar profession. But entrepreneurship has no boundaries and can be developed where any source of great demand can be found.

Why the Disdain for American Blue-Collar Workers?

Sean McGarvey | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Sean McGarvey

Over the last several decades we have been bearing witness to the growth of a disturbing streak of aristocratic bias in our cultural fabric and our national temperament, one that is increasingly manifesting itself in the views we hold and the assumptions we make about people who work with their hands.

No, Blue Collar and Middle-Skill Careers Aren't Second Rate

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Felix W. Ortiz III

In 2015 and beyond, blue collar jobs are abundant and lucrative. Its time to end the myth that blue-collar America is second-best America.

Desk Job Blues: Rethinking Middle-Skill Jobs

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 02.14.2015 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

The perception about blue-collar careers won't change until students are better informed about the opportunities, and the truth, about what awaits them in the workforce.

Class Rules

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 02.03.2014 | Home
Glenn C. Altschuler

According to Nicholas Carnes, blue collar workers make up about 9 percent of America's city councils and 3 percent of state legislatures. In White-Collar Government, Carnes carefully documents this reality, which has been hidden in plain sight.

Let's Be Thankful for Skilled Workers

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 02.01.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Take a minute to think about all the people who make it possible for you and I to drive home, cook that turkey, and watch that football game. Let's give thanks for skilled workers and their dedication and hard work.

Could a Blue-Collar Job Be Right for You?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Given the challenging job market, it may be surprising to learn that some of today's highest-paying, in-demand professions are actually blue-collar jobs.

The Sub-Bachelor's STEM Economy

Jonathan Rothwell | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Jonathan Rothwell

It is well established that knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects leads to high-paying careers, but we have the misconception that all STEM workers are advanced degree holders.

The Pretentious Public

Matthew Maron | Posted 08.22.2012 | Teen
Matthew Maron

Trade professions like plumbing and electrical work may not be the most glorious of professions, but they are the ones that are always in demand and always will be.

Jason Linkins

Reporter Experiences Harrowing Ordeal As Employee Of Online Shipping Warehouse | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.28.2012 | Media

Mother Jones reporter and official recipient of the Order Of The Eat The Press Empire knighthood Mac McClelland followed up on the visit she made last...

Why Most U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Are Gone Forever: The Fiscal Times

The Fiscal Times | MERRILL GOOZNER | Posted 02.05.2012 | Business

The day after the State of the Union Address, President Obama visited a Phoenix suburb to tour Intel’s still-under-construction computer chip manufa...

Why Working People Don't Like Democrats

Paul A. London | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Paul A. London

White middle class Americans, especially men, just don't like Democrats anymore. To reach these disaffected people, Democratic "plans" for the economy have to speak to their grievances.

Is Our Destiny Pottersville or Bedford Falls?

Tom Gerdy | Posted 02.27.2012 | Business
Tom Gerdy

Small businesses have always been the backbone of the economy in America. The current leaders seem to have forgotten this piece of our economic puzzle.

Dave Jamieson

The New Blue Collar: Temporary Work, Lasting Poverty And The American Warehouse | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.21.2011 | Business

JOLIET, Ill., and FONTANA, Calif. -- Like nearly everyone else in Joliet without good job prospects, Uylonda Dickerson eventually found herself at the...

Dave Jamieson

Newt Gingrich's Cavalier View Of Janitorial Work Challenged By Facts | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich argued at an address at Harvard University last week that American school systems should...

A State of the Union Address for Today's Labor Market Realities

Andrew Sum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Sum

Last week's State of the Union message by the President left out any substantial references to today's labor market realities. Here's what should have been delivered to our nation.

Obama and the Invisible Workingman

David Paul Kuhn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Paul Kuhn

Obama's agenda has been broad, but he has not been consumed with the crisis of his time. That crisis is blue collar joblessness. It's always been about jobs. Yet the Democratic leadership seems to have only recently noticed.

Trampling Working-Class Voters with the Professional Ideal

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

What Democrats are really asserting is that they believe Americans see factory, small-business, and agriculture jobs as merely a means to a white-collar professional ends.

Clinton Won't Do Much for Obama as VP or on the Campaign Trail

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Clinton is a team player and while she won't get the VP nod, she'll hit the trail for Obama. Top Democrats will cheer her for it. Just be advised it won't do or mean much to or for him.