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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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I just heard that Radio-Flyer wagons will be made in China. The plant will be closed at the end of the year and the workers laid off. THIS SUCKS!!!!!!

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 10:35 PM
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Wow, I just saw a Wild Chicago episode doing a tour of the Radio-Flyer factory...
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 11:24 PM
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I totally agree... US factories with unskilled labor should continue to act as a form of welfare for American workers.

Although I'll admit, the Chinesse goverment isn't playing with a level playing field.... but US workers can't expect ot get paid $10+/hour for manual assmebly work.

Now if that factory was mostly CNC...great.

Bottom line, if the company can make it for less, they will sell it for less to beat the competition and the US dollar will go farther. The US based company will get a larger profit and share that with US mannagement, sales, marketing, finance...etc. They may even spend more dollars on advertisement...which does what class?... creats more higher paying advertising jobs.

Thank you for listening to cherrypickers macroeconomics 101. In 201 we talk about tariffs, trade deficits and minimum wages which really complicate the whole issue.

Come on folks...we need to look more long term. It sucks that some dude with a HS degree, no particular trade of skill, will now be unemployed. Maybe we need more porgrams ot help teach these prople a trade. I'd chip in and extra 0.01% in taxes to pay for more employess education... but I'm not interested in paying $2 more for a childrens toy just ot fund what is effectively a IL welfare program.

"Made in the USA" on non-technical manufactured goods... reads ot me... "10% of the proceeds will pay this weeks beer and cigarette for a lazy, overpaid, unskilled underacheiving, US factory worker


Americans have been complaining abotu this for the last 40 years... first it was the Japanesse after WWI....funny we don't complain anymore now that we have high tech Japanesse electronic toys to play with..... now it's China. Next it will be somewhere in Africa.

THe Chinesse working overseas ot make stuff...sure make teh illegal Mexican immgrants look pretty good. At least they spend some of their money here before wirinng most of it across the border.
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we are starting to rely on 3rd world markets to much, and 1 of the big ones of them all will cost us 3.00 a gallon for cheap gas, to go to work, and make you work for gas.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 12:30 AM
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i'm gonna have to agree with cherry on this one.
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i kinda agree to about radio flyer, but the trend might be going the wrong way, hope not.

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but we cant have every joe with a college education. If that happened, a lot more people would be out of jobs. Like advertising, IT people, etc....

we need jobs that people who decided to quit highschool, decided to do manual labor have something to do.

i hope this makes sense cuz its 1am illinois time

everythings going to be computerized, cars might be 100% reliable and wont need any type of service, janitors wont be needed cuz we got Homeshopping club remote control vacuums, mc donalds will be robotic. Some of them are with the french fry fryers.

blah, im going to bed

what im trying to say is if everyong got degrees, will we have too many qualified people with no jobs? Because we will no longer need service,hands on, customer service jobs out there?
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If anyone is going to say that the cure is for people to learn the high-tech skills, I have some sobering news: those are the jobs that are being outsourced these days! Trust me, I work in IT.

And this situation saddens me especially because Radio Flyer is headquartered less than a mile down the street from me, so it is a local economic issue for me.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 09:19 AM
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The headquarters is staying but the plant with 45 jobs is going overseas. So we are only loosing 45 jobs, just so you have an idea of job amount.
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