American Machinist

There are two sides to every story. (Editorial).

As I LISTENED TO A DIRECTOR OF A MAJOR UNION DISCUSS THE WIDENING gap between productivity and employee wages, I could feel my blood pressure on the rise. According to this union official, labor wages are not keeping pace with high levels of output generated through new technology.

Maybe I could understand his argument if new technology forced workers to work harder, put in longer hours, or do both. But that's not the case. Today's technology frees up the worker and makes lights-out manufacturing a reality. These productivity gains mean huge investments for manufacturers. Labor, on the other hand, takes few, if any, financial risks and, in many cases, considers new technology a threat to job security. …

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