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Men Wanted


Men Wanted...

Skilled workers, that is.  Skilled work always has been and still is the domain of men; relatively few and insufficient instances of a few women who wish to be like men excepted.

In all developed nations a serious shortage of skilled workers is developing (see appended examples).  That is not an unforeseen or unexpected social development.  It is a condition that was deliberately created in a political evolution that put ideology over common sense.

Unfortunately, the noble dreams of feminists and liberal social engineers to the contrary, the reality of the economy is that the welfare and growth of national economies cannot be based on the outcomes of affirmative action policies, hiring quotas and entitlements, it must be based on rewarding excellence and quantity and quality of performance on the job.

A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.  The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.

Milton and Rose Friedman
in Free to Choose: A Personal Statement
(Milton Friedman won the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economics)
quoted in 
Freedom, Equality, and Society's Treatment of Men and Families

The job market for skilled workers had for centuries and thousands of years been based on just that, the rewarding of excellence, so that both men and women were rewarded for what they are best suited for: men for being providers and protectors and making sacrifices in the work place for their families in whom they were the fathers and heads of the households, and women for being managers of the home domain and making sacrifices for raising and educating children at home in the safety and comfort provided and protected by men. 

Being freed from the competition arising out of two essentially conflicting roles, both men and women were able to devote themselves to what they could do best, with the full knowledge and confidence that by having a man and a woman work as a team in providing and caring for their contribution to the next generation of functioning, respectful, law-abiding and productive citizens the welfare of their families, communities and nations was promoted and assured.

That worked well, so well that the innovative and productive qualities of the western cultural traditions brought the West into a position of excellence and leadership before all other nations who did not adhere to the same extent to the principle of cooperation between husbands and wives, and between mothers and fathers, the basic principle upon which the "patriarchy", long vilified by communists and radical- or Marxist-feminists, had been constructed.  Along with that came property rights and the ability for individual, self-sufficient families to develop the ownership of property, something that is becoming now increasingly more difficult to achieve as taxes keep on escalating to provide the funding required by the State for the maintenance of services and benefits that had formerly been provided for free by an abundance of traditional nuclear families that now no longer exists in sufficient numbers.

The "family" in all ages and in all corners of the globe can be defined as a man and a woman bonded together through a socially approved covenant of marriage to regulate sexuality, to bear, raise, and protect children, to provide mutual care and protection, to create a small home economy, and to maintain continuity between the generations, those going before and those coming after. It is out of the reciprocal, naturally recreated relations of the family that the broader communities—such as tribes, villages, peoples, and nations—grow.

Allan Carlson,
What's Wrong With the United Nations Definition of 'Family'?
in The Family in America (August 1994), p. 3
(quoted by: Dale O'Leary, in The Gender Agenda, p. 24,

The patriarchy was a system that had worked exceedingly well in bringing western civilization to great heights, but it exists no longer — an achievement for which feminists demand, take and deserve full credit.

The feminist agenda for the systematic vilification of men and families brought about a dumbing-down of the education system.  It brought us social values in a socialist society in which gender (the female gender) and not excellence is being rewarded, a system in which men and children have to pay the price for the "equality for women", and a system in which the wish to found and maintain traditional families became actively punished by an increasingly feminist-dominated bureaucracy.  Men, women and children suffer on account of that.  Whole nations and the world economy now suffer the consequences. 

One of the most serious outcomes of the program for the vilification of men and for the implementation of the international agenda for the planned destruction of the family has been a steady and deadly decline in births and fertility rates in all developed nations, and increasingly so in the developing and less developed nations. 

The ratio of women to men who graduate from college and university is now in the order of 6 : 4, respectively, and steadily increases in favour of women.  Unfortunately, although the feminists insist that women can do everything men can do and do it as well or better, women primarily enroll in soft sciences such as social sciences, while men graduating in hard sciences, engineering and skilled trades in construction and manufacturing comprise a gradually declining proportion of graduates. The serious and escalating shortage of skilled workers that evolved out of that is nothing more than a symptom of destructive social policies foisted upon us by extremist, radical feminists.  The shortage of skilled workers increasingly worries manufacturers and other sectors of industry as varied as health care and nuclear energy.

The shortage of skilled workers affects the whole world.  The escalating shortage and associated rising costs of skilled workers in developed nations forced many corporations over the years to relocate manufacturing jobs to under-developed nations.  The West became in essence a colony of Asia.  It is being mined of its "natural resources", the most prominent of whom are money and power, and became an open market for goods manufactured elsewhere, while the developing trade deficit is being used by primarily Asian governments to assume ownership of the growing debt, and thereby more and more control, of the West.

Examples of articles that express concern about the growing shortage of skilled workers:

Preparing for the Workforce Shortage

By Ms. Elizabeth Rice, SPHR
Innovative Employee Solutions®

The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that by 2012 the U.S. economy will have the largest workforce in the nation's history-more than 162 million people. Impressive as that figure may sound, it will not be enough to fill the more than 165 million jobs projected to be available. The shortage of 3 million workers is just part of the story, however. Millions of other jobs will go unfilled because workers lack the specialized skills required to fill the vacancies. The government estimates a shortage of more than 10 million skilled workers by 2012. (Full Article)

Worker shortage in the making?

Lack of skilled employees could become serious, manufacturers fear

By RICK BARRETT
rbarrett@journalsentinel.com

Chicago - The United States faces a severe shortage of skilled workers if current employment and job training trends continue, the National Association of Manufacturers said Monday.

By 2020, the shortage could be more than 10 million workers, according to the Washington trade group, which has more than 14,000 companies as members.

Manufacturers already are struggling with unfilled job openings because they can't find qualified help, said John Engler, president of the group and former governor of Michigan.

"The emerging problem in manufacturing is not a shortage of jobs, but rather a shortage of qualified applicants," Engler said.

"A full 36 percent of our members have said they have employment positions unfilled right now because they cannot find qualified workers. This confirms what our members have been telling us: that the people applying for manufacturing jobs today simply do not have the math, science and technological aptitude they need to work in modern manufacturing." (Full Article)

Indian Outsourcing Industry Facing Shortage of Skilled Workers

February 21st, 2006 by Angsuman Chakraborty

Industry experts at the meeting of Nasscom, India’s outsourcing alliance, said on Thursday that skills shortage was the biggest threat to the outsourcing industry’s blazing growth.

From ground zero I am observing several interesting effects of this shortage. For example one lady worked for us as a trainee. I was forced to let her go for serious lack of performance even as a trainee. I have been informed that she was hired by Infosys as well as IBM. It appears they are being forced to hire indiscriminately without much regard for quality. They just need warm bodies/headcount to bag new contracts. (Full Article)

Nuclear Energy Industry Initiatives Target Looming Shortage of Skilled Workers

February 2006

Key Facts

The nuclear energy industry expects a significant number of experienced workers to retire over the next five years and has undertaken a comprehensive program to recruit, train and educate new workers.

The availability of health physicists, for example is expected to decline over the next five years, as will outage workers.

University, community college and vocational training programs are critical to meet future staffing needs, and companies are pursuing initiatives to prepare a new generation of workers.

Training of skilled technicians and craft personnel, such as operators, electricians, pipefitters and other maintenance workers, is essential to sustain the highly qualified work force needed to continue efficient, reliable electricity production. (Full Article)

Industries Brace for Skilled-Labor Shortage

2/17/2005 - Omaha World-Herald / Jonathan Wegner

There may not be enough Gary Joneses in America.

Growing up in Papillion, Jones played with a model train set but was more moved by the circuits than the circular motion.

"I was always wiring it," he said.

Jones, now studying electrical mechanical maintenance at Metropolitan Community College, didn't know he was practicing for a profession.

And his timing could not have been better. Manufacturers, especially those in the rural Midwest, say they are on the verge of an acute skilled labor shortage brought on by the looming retirement of the baby boomers.

The unfolding demographic trends have industry groups like the National Association of Manufacturers fretting about whether they'll be able to find enough young employees in places like Omaha. (Full Article)

Skilled Worker Shortage: It's Time To Fix The Kitchen Sink

Census data show that manufacturers that don't invest in employees will have higher turnover rates -- at a time when skilled employees are becoming scarcer.

By Tonya Vinas

Nov. 1, 2005 -- U.S. manufacturers seem to be treating the skilled labor shortage like a leaking kitchen sink. They are ignoring it because the kitchen can still function, but eventually, that hidden pipe will rot the floor, and the sink will crash into the basement. Good-bye fresh water to drink. Good-bye cooking and cleaning. In short, good-bye kitchen.

Research from the 2005 IW/MPI Census of Manufacturers and input and commentary from other groups affiliated with manufacturing show that many manufacturers would rather blame others for the lack of skilled workers than bite the bullet and fix the sink, which in this case means bringing plants up to world-class standards, investing in training and paying employees more.

The predictions for how big this crisis will become are likely familiar but worth repeating: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that by 2010, the number of unfilled skilled worker posts will reach 5.3 million, increasing to 14 million by 2015. According to a survey of 94 senior manufacturing executives conducted by AC Neilson for Advanced Technology Services Inc. (ATS) in 2005, two-thirds of responding discrete manufacturers expect the labor shortage to cost them $50 million over the next five years. Manufactuers in the automotive, electrical equipment, ball and roller bearing, metal valve and engine, and transmission sectors will suffer most, according to ATS. (Full Article)

Area builders hit by shortage of skilled workers

Job competition, stadium project among reasons cited for tight construction labor market

Tampa Bay Business Journal - October 31, 1997

by David R. Corder, Staff Writer

Finding skilled labor to build homes this year has turned into a chore for some Bay Area contractors.

"There's a real shortage particularly with block masons, and the people who do flat concrete work," said H. Douglas Tripp III, who heads up the West Florida Division of Pulte Home Corp., one of the Bay Area's largest home builders. "One of the things that has caused this is the one to one-and-a-half million blocks they're putting into the new football stadium (in Tampa). (Full Article)

Industrial Outlook for Alberta

Jan 2008 [Alberta Construction Magazine]

Alberta’s industrial construction sector is seeing a shift in its centre of gravity.
by Godfrey Budd

In recent years, oilsands development in the Fort McMurray region has accounted for the lion’s share of industrial construction projects in the province. This has been the pattern since the current round of expansion began around 2000. But it is about to change….

A crunch is coming, and many observers believe it’s likely to hit in either 2009 or 2010. Averaged out, CAPP’s figure of $48 billion for 2009–2010 means $24 billion per year spent on oilsands development. Given how stretched resources are already, industry watchers are saying that the capacity is simply not there.

“Unless something radical happens, it’s impossible for the work to be done on schedule,” Holmes says. “By radical, I mean for example a huge influx of workers. Also needed would be tools, machining equipment, engineers. We are seeing shortages now and we are not yet at the peak.”….

The last article discusses oilsands construction in Alberta, Canada, that being a major source of fossil-fuel-based energy production for North America and increasingly even for Asia.

The preceding articles are a small sample produced from 566,000 search returns for the string <shortage million "skilled workers">.  Modifying the search string appropriately produces the following results:

Country Search Returns
Australia  200,000
Belgium 89,800
Canada 243,000
China 245,000
Denmark 92,800
France 229,000
Germany 229,000
Holland 132,000
Italy 126,000
Japan 222,000
Poland 91,600
Russian Federation 20,500
South Africa 89,600
Sweden 123,000
U.K. 198,000
USA 501,000

Further modifying the search string by adding the term "feminism" produces links to many articles that zero in on the core of the problem, although the search return list contains many examples of views that fail to see the elephant in the porcelain shop.  Give it a try.


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Posted 2006 06 28