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[Susan notes: This is a good reply to Zuckerman's claims that vast numbers of US jobs go begging for lack of qualified workers.]

Published in Wall Streeet Journal
03/08/2014

To the editor

Re: Mortimer Zuckerman's Fight Inequality With Better Jobs (op-ed, March 3)When I and most American STEM college graduates of 50 years ago went job hunting, the companies were willing to accept us and enrolled us in on-the-job training programs. Now they require fully trained people who will work for less and they either find them offshore or allow them to come here and work. America isn't now a country where heavy industry requires skilled labor and lots of it. Technology has changed the work patterns and now unskilled, cheap labor is used to manufacture cars, make steel, etc. A tour of an automobile plant will demonstrate that point.



More profits and cheap labor are here to stay until the world catches up to our standard of living and international labor costs rise, and no amount of STEM graduates or government training programs is going to change that.



John E. Fedako


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