LABOR(LESS) DAY – 2009
Robots Replacing Workers
The top graph below shows the sharp decline in U.S. manufacturing employment, as a percentage of all U.S. employment, from the 1970’s to 2007. The application of computers and robotics to the U.S. manufacturing process was birthed in the 1970’s and continued to advance at a constantly increasing and accelerated rate over the decades. This electronic revolution of the entire global economy continues to accelerate unabated, as real-time, instantaneous, electronic based economic integration grows with every passing day. The result is increased production without humans that affects all sectors of the economy. This growing labor-less production permanently replaces workers and eliminates wage-paying jobs forever. Fewer jobs produce less money in the workers’ hands to buy the increased production.
From another angle, the bottom graph below at right paints the same picture. Real wages of U.S. workers have been declining since the 1970’s. However, in the 17 years from 1990 to 2007 as shown in the graph, the overall U. S. labor costs (include medical care, life and health insurance, retirement plans and pensions, vacations, holidays, etc.) have nearly doubled, while the average cost of robotics declined by 50 percent, furthering incentives to automate.
While the graph below illustrates the growing and constant increase of U.S. labor costs and the simultaneous constant decrease in the average cost of robotics, this trend is not limited to the U. S. alone. It is a global trend that is replacing workers in countries around the world.
Visit www.ifr.org and also www.worldrobotics.org for more information, statistics and graphs on the subject.
By Lenette Evans
Cordell Price is man in his late 40s who lives at the River Watch Hotel in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He is kind-hearted, outgoing, motivated, and always greets you with a warm and friendly smile and the utmost respect. He is loved by many who know him in the St. Joseph area. St. Joseph is across the river from Benton Harbor.
Every day for the past 15 years, Cordell has walked throughout the streets of St. Joseph picking up bottles and cans at many of the local businesses down at Silver Beach, and is seen at Harding’s, Rooster’s, and Martin’s grocery stores cashing in the bottles and cans he has collected. The first time I met him he was crawling out of a trash dumpster, and I have helped him many times with money and rides to the store.
But EVERY DAY THE POLICE FOLLOW HIM EVERYWHERE HE GOES. They track his routes and harass him any chance they get, going through his bags and accusing him of things he is not doing.
The people at the BP gas station at Niles and Napier Ave. know Cordell personally, but one afternoon a police officer saw him there with his oversized trash bag of cans, and assumed that a grocery cart he was using had been taken from Harding’s. That grocery cart had been at BP for over a month, but the police officer threatened Cordell Price. “You have a half an hour to get the cart back to Harding’s or else I will arrest you,” he said.
Recently he was at Silver Beach when a white woman yelled a racist comment at him, saying, “NIGGER WHY DON’T YOU GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM ACROSS THE BRIDGE.” He has been told this by three different women at the beach and around town.
On other occasions, Cordell has been harassed and falsely accused while recycling at residential homes in downtown St. Joseph, where owners had given him permission to take the bottles and cans they left for him. He was once at Rooster’s talking to a good friend, a white lady who asked him if he wanted some bottles and cans that she had in her car. Suddenly the police showed up, again giving him a hard time.
This is a vendetta. Cordell is not a criminal and does not steal. He is a good man who walks the streets of St. Joe trying to earn a living with what little he has.
Our officers need to change their attitudes, stand behind justice not injustice, and STOP BEING RACIST. This is not a black or white issue. This is about acceptance. Jesus said we are to love all people. Let’s have compassion for people no matter what their color or race is.
The police need to go after real criminals and leave our homeless and poor alone. One day you too may be picking up bottles and cans on the streets to make a living. Would you want someone to harass you, follow you, and make racial slurs at you like they do to Cordell?
Why don’t the police help Cordell get a good paying job? He does more to clean up the city than the officers who ride around in police cars wasting gas all day. GET OFF YOUR BUTTS AND GET TO WORK finding real criminals instead of harassing people like Cordell who are only trying to make a living.
St. Joseph, MI
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