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Secretary of Labor to Young American Workers: You Suck

In the 1 July issue of Parade,
a magazine inserted into the Sunday editions of many newspapers in the
United States, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao says that the bad
attitude of American workers, particularly younger workers, contributes
to the threat of outsourcing overseas. In a section in Parade’s
"Intelligence Report" called "How Safe is Your Job?",
Secretary Chao says, “American employees must be punctual, dress
appropriately, and have good personal hygiene.” Chao adds, “They need
anger-management and conflict-resolution skills, and they
have to be able to accept direction. Too many young people bristle when
a supervisor asks them to do something.”

Parade’s online
version noted that "Many readers have expressed their concern about
Labor Secretary Elaine Chao’s comments" and offered Secretary Chao an opportunity to clarify her remarks.
In the follow-up article, she says the article did not reflect her
original statements and added, "It is important that first time
entrants to our workforce be aware that
technical skills, degrees, and a tight job market will aid their
success
but basic professionalism is also essential to advance and contribute
in the workplace. These fundamentals – including punctuality and
appropriate workplace decorum – will affect their future."

Yes,
punctuality and workplace decorum, along with anger-management, can
certainly help one’s career.  But they won’t help much if the kind of
good-paying jobs that encourage hope in the future disappear. According
to the Economic Policy Institute,
employment rates of college graduates age 25-35 have risen from 84.3% in
2003 to 86.5% in 2006, but are still below the 87.4% reached in
2000.  Moreover, real hourly wages for this group have fallen during
much of the same period, from $24.54 in 2001 to $23.60 in 2006. I bet
more good jobs with higher pay would do wonders for workplace decorum.

One comment on “Secretary of Labor to Young American Workers: You Suck”

  1. Ravi says:

    Who cares, Americans are lazy and stupid. They are incapable of even simple technical work like programming. I’m glad I get to send money OUT of the American economy every week, and I laugh at the unemployed American that used to do my job.
    Glad to do my part to destroy the great Satin AMERICA!

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