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  •  In the biography of Steve Jobs, (8+ / 0-)

    it says that President Obama asked Jobs how we could get such products manufactured here. Jobs replied that he would need to hire 30,000 engineers. Not PhD's, just engineers. We just don't train enough people for the upper level jobs, assuming that we would employ fully robotic assembly. Without a long-term, humane industrial policy in the USA, the current situation is unlikely to change. Apple has said that it is now working on forcing improvements at Foxconn. We'll see, I guess. But the Chinese government has a responsibility here and it is failing its people dismally.

    But Apple right now has few alternatives, it seems to me, except continued pressure on three fronts: suppliers, Chinese authorities, and the US government. With respect to the US government, it would help a lot if electronics companies in the US and Europe came together with an accord on the rights of workers employed by their suppliers. One problem is that, if an individual firm insists on standards or pay, a competitor will just take their place in the manufacturing queue. But an industry consensus would probably have an effect. Probably also have to bring US retailers and government into it too. It'd be like a Helsinki accord for workers in electronic assembly plants. Anyway, that's my thinking on this. Typed on my Mac.

    •  Sounds like Apple ought to start offering (3+ / 0-)
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      those bright young Geniuses that work for them scholarships to Engineering schools.

      Oh, wait.  I forgot.  The public is supposed to bear all their training costs, right?

      I have a better idea.


      Fear is your only God.

      by JesseCW on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 07:13:37 PM PST

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    •  Here's a thought (0+ / 0-)

      Apple has the money in the bank 60-80 B$ that it could approach China (due to the supply chain) with an offer to build it's own city factory with a living wages and decent working conditions and then market that as THE reason to buy the already expensive but very high quality products it sells. Once the competitors see this business model work, it could allow them all to pressure China to fix they workers rights situation. Once they have fair employment conditions and wages America would competitive again.

      Frankly, I believe that a levelling of workers rights is the only route back for American competitiveness in manufacturing. We the consumers have to make that business model work through our purchasing choices.

      You could be listening to Netroots Radio. "We are but temporary visitors on this planet. The microbes own this place" <- Me

      by yuriwho on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 10:45:49 AM PST

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