“The US (and Canadian) Labor Shortage Explained” and What Needs to Happen

Applicable to Canada as well as many of us Canadians know, especially since the introduction of contract part-time work that pays no benefits and is either minimum wage or slightly above, while also expecting “contract” people to use provide and use their own capital for an employer’s benefit, such as, but not limited to, computers, Wifi, and vehicles.

“Companies looking to attract enough blue-collar workers will have to continue increasing wages and, as a result, possibly experience diminished profits,” wrote Gad Levanon, chief economist for North America at the Conference Board, a global economic research organization that has studied the recent US labor shortage.

Slow income growth has been the most persistent problem affecting the US economy in its recovery from the Great Recession. Wages have barely kept up with the cost of living, even as the unemployment rate dropped and the economy expanded.

 With such a tight labor market and rising productivity, workers should expect much bigger pay raises than they’re getting.

Private sector workers (excluding farmworkers) got a measly 8-cent average hourly raise in July, adding up to an average pay of $27.98 an hour. Workers’ wages only grew about 1.6 percent in the past year, after adjusting for inflation.

While that’s faster than wages have been growing since the recession started in 2007, it’s still a pathetic amount compared to the sky-high payouts corporate CEOs are getting.

But raising wages will only do so much to ease the labor shortage. Businesses will need to hire more foreign workers too.

Excerpts from the following linked article by Alexia Campbell for Vox


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“Democrats could easily pass the American Family Act or a bill similar to it through budget reconciliation, so long as it’s either paid for or expires after 10 years. And as Canada’s recent experience suggests, the results would be profound. After Justin Trudeau introduced a vastly expanded child benefit there, the share of children living in families below Canada’s low-income threshold fell by about a third. There’s no reason US children can’t receive the same kind of help.”
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The MODERN DAY “DEBTORS’ PRISONS” … A Modern Day Reality to Turn One’s Stomach

I used to wonder why debtors’ prisons existed historically because it did not make sense to me to imprison people who could not pay their debts when having them work off debts made the most sense, but then I was just educated by this article why debtors’ prisons were created and still exist. I should have known better. Of course, they were and still are devised to keep prisons in need so they would/will be funded for the “work” they do.

Here’s how it works. Police and courts turn jails into money-makers through subsidies and grants they receive for fining, then jailing poor people (the same ones over and over again who can’t get ahead because of poverty and then the subsequent incarcerations) because they can’t pay their fines … fines levied without consideration of why they were fined in the first place, amounts not in consideration of what they could pay, and without allowing them to work off the fine.

Here’s an excerpt from the linked New York Times article by Matthew Shaer as an example …

In early December 2017, the S.P.L.C. and the MacArthur Justice Center filed their lawsuit against Corinth. That same month, the city ordered the jail emptied of all inmates incarcerated for nonpayment of fines. “There was no explanation,” says Brian Howell, one of the lawsuit’s plaintiffs, who was then incarcerated, sitting out $1,250 in fines and court costs for three unpaid traffic tickets. “It was just, ‘All right, get up and go.’ ”

Howell is 29, with watery blue eyes and freckled cheeks. Years ago, he was struck by a drunken driver while riding his motorcycle; he lost one leg and suffered extensive nerve and spinal damage. It is hard for him to walk, let alone play with his three children, without the aid of crutches. But the guards at the jail wouldn’t lend him a pair. Nor would they give him a ride home. The best they would offer was a lift across the street, to the gas station. From there, Howell began scooting on his buttocks along the side of the road, using his hands to haul himself forward. Soon his forearms were sore, his fingertips bloody. A police cruiser pulled up alongside him. “The guy looks over, and he just busts out laughing,” Howell recalled last spring. Howell is extremely soft-spoken, and when he told me what the cop said to him, I was certain I’d misheard. He repeated it more loudly: “He said, ‘Hell, I thought you was a damn dog.’

As I shook Ross’s hand, I was reminded of the taxonomy of municipal judges that Sam Brooke of the S.P.L.C. had laid out for me. “I’d split them into camps,” Brooke said. “The first are the ones that respect the law. The second are the vindictive ones, who see every defendant as a bad person in need of punishment. But the biggest group are judges who are part of the retail industry of processing a whole lot of people. They’re just doing what the judges before them did.”

Also reminds of the disrespectful, though legal way credit card companies issue credit cards to people, especially youth, in order to generate high profits based on high interest rates … at great costs to the people they encourage to buy what they cannot afford before passing on the uncollected high-interest debts to one of the most legally abusive companies and processes still allowed in modern times and countries.

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“EVIL THRIVES WHEN Good People Do Nothing”

A recent municipal election here in a small community in Canada recorded the lowest voting level of just under 26%.

Hopefully, in the United States tomorrow, good people will step up and record the best voting ever to reveal what American value most … social accountability too rather than just money.

Sad thing for us in the province Ontario in Canada is coming to terms with the same mentality that empowered the new conservative Ford government that is also driven by the dollar sign rather than the combination of fiscal responsibility and social accountability.


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