As our economy becomes more
and more global, the employment outlook grows
more unstable for US workers. Is there anything
you can do about it?
face it, most of us need the assurance of a steady
paycheck to sleep at night. Being able to rely
on present and future income means not only that
the bills are going to be paid, but that you can
make major purchases, like houses and cars, without
worrying that you'll lose them along with your
job security, once taken for granted by most working
Americans, is quickly being relegated to the memory
boxes of an older generation, along with 40-year
anniversary gold watches and other appreciation
gifts for longevity.
It used to be that
once you attained a fair amount of seniority,
you could rest assured that if the company cut
jobs, yours wouldn't be one of them. Now long-term
workers get nervous when there are rumblings of
downsizing and outsourcing. They are generally
paid more than younger workers, and instead of
valuing them for their experience, companies crunch
the numbers and figure out how much they can save
in salary, health insurance costs, and pension
funding if they follow a "first in, first
The most fortunate
workers are lured into early retirement programs;
the least fortunate are simply given their notice.
While official unemployment figures don't reflect
it, countless people have been forced out of decent-paying
jobs into low-paying ones. Sure, the government
counts them as "employed." But most
view their jobs as stop-gap measures, a way to
barely get by while they remain hopeful that one
day they'll find another job as good as the one
the chances are they'll move from one low-pay
job to another. The manufacturing jobs that formed
the basis of the Fabulous 50s economy have moved
elsewhere. Former areas of thriving steel plants
and automobile factories are now referred to as
"the rust belt." The auto industry alone
announced over 90,000 job cuts in 2006. Most of
these were "good union jobs" with enviable
pay and benefits. But union jobs have been steadily
declining. In 1945, nearly a third of Americans
held union jobs. Today only 12% of workers belong
to unions. As their numbers have shrunk, so has
unions' ability to negotiate favorable contracts
for their members.
White collar workers
are hardly immune. In 2006, Ford announced it
was offering "voluntary buyouts" to
10,000 salaried workers, including high-level
executives. Those who took the buyouts explained
they thought it was better than being laid off,
which they assumed would happen next. Workers
were offered the services of "outplacement
agencies"-employment agencies that try to
find new jobs for displaced workers. But in towns
that depend heavily on one industry that is downsizing,
it's more likely that laid-off employees will
have to sell their houses (in a real estate market
that has also taken a price downturn) and move
to some other part of the country.
In 2002, the technology
sector dumped 150,000 software jobs. In 2006,
computer chip maker Intel announced job cuts of
over 10,000. Students were told that their best
bet for the future was information technology.
They worked hard for technology degrees, earned
millions for their employers, and then found themselves
with nowhere to go-because their jobs were moving
to India, China and Russia.
new obstacle to job security is the practice of
"offshore outsourcing." We all know
how it works: Someone in India or Mexico does
your job for 15% of what you were paid. More and
more, outsourcing is affecting any job classification
that does not depend strictly on a US or Canadian
location. For example, if you're a waitress, grocery
clerk, or store manager, you can't very well be
outsourced. US factory workers were the first
to be hit hard by the "giant sucking sound"
of their jobs moving to other countries, but now
software developers, engineers, journalists, and
other professionals are facing the same fate.
Of course, the
reason is the bottom line. Companies are in business
to make a profit. Creating secure jobs for their
employees is not their concern. Scaling back on
labor costs is the number one way to increase
profit margins, whether through outsourcing, not
replacing employees who quit or are fired, paying
workers less, or using non-union, lower paid,
or part time workers here. The country's major
employers are huge multi-national companies. Playing
musical chairs with jobs among different countries
is as simple for them as the children's game.
It isn't pleasant
to think about. It's certainly easier to just
assume that your job and your paycheck will always
be there for you. But denial of a problem will
not make it go away or solve it, and some day
you may wish you had thought to create a backup
plan for maintaining your income without relying
on your current job.
At this point,
you are probably asking yourself, "What
can I do to be financially secure?"
grim as the employment picture looks, there is
still a way to provide an income for yourself
that you control. Being your own boss means no
one can lay you off or cut your hours and benefits.
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It may be tempting
to believe that your good job will last, or to
believe that even though you're not happy with
your current job, there's a good one waiting down
the road. Just remember that while the unemployment
figures look good, the jobs America is losing
are being replaced by a whole new category known
as "service industry" jobs. These are
low-paying jobs in retail or customer service.
Hourly workers are almost never allowed to work
overtime, while those on salaries fill in the
gaps without any overtime pay. The unfortunate
truth is that you have to look out for number
one because you cannot rely on any company to
put you or any other employee first.
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