Weekend Fun: Saving "Some" Jobs
Replace “some” in my post headline with a word that rhymes with “witty” but starts with an “sh.”
OK, by now, you realize that you shouldn’t click on the satirical news video below if you can’t bear the “S word.” By the way, The Onion News Network is just brilliant…. all of the details of a fake news network, including their “War for the White House” graphics (and attitude) and the running ticker at the bottom of the screen (with ridiculous fake news). It’s often laugh out loud funny.
The video below is, I think, about as funny as a video can be about saving jobs from global competition.
Among the fake quotes in the video: “We must stop the outsourcing of our most tedious and dangerous jobs to other countries.” A fake political ad says “Yes, We Can” get workers back “standing over molten lead in a steel factory,” as generations before have done.
Beyond the humor, it raises a few good real-world points. Many manufacturing jobs have traditionally been dirty, dangerous jobs. New technologies, improved safety practices, and employee engagement (such as through Lean and “kaizen”) can be strategies for making these jobs less “bad.” The implication, in The Onion video and in the real news, is that trying to “save manufacturing jobs” means saving bad jobs. As with many media pieces, this misses the point that not all manufacturing jobs are the type that drain the life out of you as you work your fingers to the bone.
If you believe in Toyota’s “respect for humanity” principle, no workers, anywhere, deserve horrible, unsafe working conditions. Pushing those jobs to another country so we can have safe, clean “service sector” jobs here isn’t really solving a root cause, I think. But yes, a “crappy” job might be better than “no job.” That shouldn’t be an excuse to not improve working conditions, both physical and mental, however.