While Al Gore captures the nations attention with his diatribe on Global Warming, I watched a movie that really hits close to home. It is called American Jobs by Greg Spotts. This is a documentary that explores the dicotomy of the "jobless recovery".
During the first six months of 2004, spotts visited nineteen cities and towns during the production of this self-funded film. He managed to put a face on the families effected by multinational corporations that take advantage of "global sourcing" to hire the lowest wage labor.
What I gleened from this movie:
- 85-90% of the apparrel on our shelves is made off-shore.
- If Walmart was a country it would be one of China's top ten trading partners.
- On 9/11 2001 airlines laid off 50,000 workers and cancelled dozens of Boeing orders. Boeing laid off half its work force while airlines got $5 billion in bailout from congress.
- Northwest Airlines gets $400,000,000 from U.S. and buys 26 jets from Airbus in Europe.
- New Boeing 7e7 for the first time outsources the wing and other major components to global suppliers. 35% of the work goes to Japan and 35% stays here.
- Robert Scott, economist at EPI estimates that Nafta eliminated 879,000 jobs from 1993-2002.
- Marine 1, presidential helicopters made in Connecticut since 1958 now outsourced.
- Military beret worn by our soldiers are made in China.
- Homeland Security ordered uniforms for the border patrol from Mexico.
- Food stamp call centers in 40 states serviced by India.