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SilverCreekSilverCreek Senior MemberPosts: 131 Senior Member
Ever wonder why jobs aren't returning to the USA......

From today's Wall Street Journal:

Bringing Jobs Back to U.S. Is Bruising Task - Stanley Furniture, Chesapeake Bay Candle Struggle With Their U.S.-Based Factories

"Some industries have struggled to bring factories back to the U.S. because they can't find suppliers of component parts and services needed to run plants. That's not a problem with candles, says Ms. Xu, noting there are plenty of domestic suppliers of items like glass containers, wicks and packaging.

Chesapeake Bay's other big miscalculation only became clear once the plant opened, says Ms. Xu. "Our biggest problem is the employment issue," she says. Chesapeake struggled with high turnover in the early days and has continued to have difficulty finding workers with the skills needed to run machinery.

"We have people struggling with math," she says. "Not middle-school math, elementary-school math. And this includes the supervisors—not just the line workers."

Finding employees with a good work ethic is also a problem. There have been instances, she says, where the plant announced drug tests would be held the following day and up to 20% of workers didn't show up. The company screens workers for drugs when they are hired."



  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 10,585 Senior Member
    Were the workers brown skinned? You always have to suspect those.
  • bakerloobakerloo Banned Posts: 980 Senior Member
    We're working on fixing the math skills through Common Core. If the candle company can wait 15 years, we will have it fixed.
  • FishTXFishTX Super Moderator Posts: 9,006 Senior Member
    bakerloo wrote: »
    We're working on fixing the math skills through Common Core. If the candle company can wait 15 years, we will have it fixed.
    Joke about Common Core, or a statement on long it will take for everybody to implement minimum education standards?
    "We have to find someone who can not only fly this plane, but who didn't have fish for dinner."

    Crooow:This music would work better with women in bikinis shaking all over the place. I guess that's true of any music really.
  • SilverCreekSilverCreek Senior Member Posts: 131 Senior Member
    I went to Dorsey High School in south central Los Angeles, an area that is now very dangerous territory depicted in the movie, Boyz n the Hood.

    "Frightened about the future of her child, Reva sends him to live in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Central with his 27-year-old father, Furious Styles (Larry Fishburne), from whom she hopes Tre will learn valuable life lessons."





    Football teams forfeited playoff games rather than play at Dorsey.


    My home was 2 blocks from Crenshaw on what is now Martin Luther King Blvd. Although one of the founders of the Bloods Gang went to Dorsey High School after I graduated, Dorsey had great teachers at the time I was there. My physics teacher had a PhD in physics and my Biology, Calculus, and Chemistry teachers had at least a masters degree in their subjects.

    Our student boy was so large that we had 2 graduations a year. Because of the large student body, we had 5 languages taught at Dorsey - French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Latin. I took Latin.

    Dorsey offered both differential and integral calculus, analytical geometry, and statistics and probability; something few high schools currently offer. None of the high schools in my city can offer the breadth of courses that Dorsey, an inner city school in Los Angeles of the 1960s offered. I moved to my city in Wisconsin because of its great schools, but I have to say that I would rather have had my children attend the Dorsey of the 1960's.

    My half of the senior class had 525 graduates and 3 of us went to Stanford and 3 to Cal Tech.

    Even though I lived in the inner city, education was a way up and out. That Dorsey no longer exists and I don't know how we can offer the students that live there now a quality high school education.

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