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This is what American workers now must compete against: in China a
garment worker makes approximately 86 cents an hour and in
Cambodia a garment worker makes approximately 22 cents an hour.
Approximately 21% of all children in the United States are living
below the poverty line in 2010—the highest rate in 20 years.
Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United
States rose a whopping 16% to 7.8 million in 2009.
The top 10% of Americans now earn around 50% of our national
But more telling than the data is the feedback we get from workers.
Here's what one worker told us: “I work for a large corporation and,
believe me, there is no compassion, loyalty or any values that used to
encourage people to work for them. They don't seem to understand how
much more money they could make if employees and customers were trea-
ted well.” Joan Wright, an IT supervisor from Boulder, Colorado told us,
Fifteen year-ago I lost my job at a large defense company and was outsourced
to a contractor. In the process I lost a good chunk of my pension. In the new
setting I never meet management. We have computer conferences and even
though I manage 15 people I
ve never once spoken directly to my immediate
supervisor whose office is several thousand miles away.
It would be nice to
have someone tell me
or to congratulate me in person on the tough
and demanding assignments I have and carry out on time and under budget
but it hasn
t happened to me in fifteen years. In this outsourced company, the
bottom line is all that matters and older workers are expendable. We have no
job protection and no clear cut incentives to perform well other than the con-
stant thought that we
whim. The idea of anyone caring about us is laughable and we joke that what
we experience in this faceless corporation is like the science fiction films we
watch where everything is controlled by robots and computers. I
ll be fired on some unknown and unseen manager
m 60 and all I
hope is that I make it another six years to get my maximum social security
check. My 401 K is in the toilet, my house is under water, and my pension is
worth half of what it was worth a few years ago. Ask me about whether I
satisfied? I'm just plain scared and holding on and hoping someone doesn't
A CRISIS IN LEADERSHIP
At a time when public and private managers should be at their very best, a
number of researchers report the often dismal competencies of American
managers. Stensaker, Meyer, Falkenberg, and Haueng (2001) argue that
managers who institute “excessive change” often have disgruntled workers.
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