These aren't your parents' factory jobs

  • Article by: ALEJANDRA CANCINO , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: October 9, 2012 - 10:36 PM

Even if manufacturing jobs return to these shores, they're no longer tickets to the middle class.

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CharlesBergOct. 10, 12 9:30 AM

This article doesn't make any sense.... He got an entry level position at age 38 and expects full benefits and high wages with his only experience in a fast food background??? Are you kidding me??? Anyone who can walk in off the street and get $15.57 an hour should be grateful for the chance to get into a global company with massive upside potential. You have to start somewhere, and waiting until you are 38 with a child speaks more to me about this person's character and earning potential that the author describes. You have to work 15 to 20 years at a manufacturing job to get your boat, cars or a 2nd house. And the second case study. How much should driving a fork truck pay?? Forward, backward, left & right. Hmmm.... It doesn't get much easier than that. No college degree required. In todays "Everyone plays, everyone is a winner" mentality there are a whole bunch of people who are going to be shocked when they enter the workforce poorly educated and lacking basic mechanical skills and they can't figure out why they don't get the corner office.

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CharlesBergOct. 10, 1210:31 AM

By the way....There is no way you are working 40 hour weeks as an assistant manager in the food industry. I did that job out of highschool before I got into manufacturing and I worked 60 to 70 hour weeks fyi. So your math is also incorrect.

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tracitOct. 10, 1212:49 PM

I can't believe that this story was written based on the experience of one individual who has little skill or experience in the industry. I have owned a manufacturing company in Minnesota for nearly 20 years and my experience with benefits and wages is not anything like what is being described in this article. Gathering some additional facts would have been a good idea before printing something like this.

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lalahemOct. 10, 12 8:16 PM

The part about the temp workers being paid $8/hr to be forklift drivers is true. I haven't seen a posting by an actual factory in years, staffing services are the gate keepers. I think the point of the article is that even if the factory and manufacturing jobs come home, that may not translate into living wages for the people that work them.

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