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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The race to the bottom--are we winning?

From yesterday's Detroit Free Press:
Michigan's median household income already has fallen by $9,914 -- 19% -- between 1999 and 2004, more than any other state, according to U.S. census data.
It's clear that workers are getting fed up with the restructurings and the uncertainty.

"There are lot of people that are really mad," Paulk, the GM worker from Novi, said. "They think this is the thing that revolutions are made of."
The WSWS describes the likely impact of all of these job losses on Michigan and other affected regions.
Studies show that each job at a US auto factory supports seven jobs at other businesses nearby. That means the elimination of 60,000 auto jobs in the US and Canada will result in a total job loss of well over 400,000. And these losses will be concentrated in working class communities already hard hit by previous layoffs and plant closures.