President Trump has landed in Charleston, SC to visit the Boeing plant. I suspect he will make promises to the people about how he’s going to bring jobs back to the country. Employment is at a low of 3.9 percent, which is pretty good compared to what we endured during the Bush Administration.
Trump talks about jobs moving overseas , but no one is talking about the “real” employment landscape, the one not affecting the blue collar worker, but the one that is directly affecting white collar workers. In the Bay Area “consulting” or “gigging” is the new thing. “Bigly” companies like Google, Facebook and Apple are taking advantage of workers by hiring them as consultants to work a short term of a few months with no benefits. But the company can extend the term up to two years and the worker still gets nothing. So even though the statistics say unemployment is low, there are a lot of people who are under-employed. Also, companies don’t have to move overseas to cost American jobs. Many high-tech companies move essential departments like advertising and customer service, to countries in India and the Philipines. What’s more insulting is the company often requires the employee to train the replacement or they will not be entitled to a severance! This is criminal, but no one is talking about this.
The reality is the employment landscape has changed and not for the better, and until the American worker stands up and demands their rights by forming unions, protesting and boycotting these companies and their products the job climate will only continue to get worse.