Yesterday, I was in the middle of writing my blog post, ‘Old School Chicago Politics,’ when an article about five people being killed, in Chicago, over the weekend (1/25-26/2013) caught my attention.
Chicago politicians give the impression that they are perplexed about how to stop the violence that’s currently raging out of control. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
One simple solution is to bring back the factories!
Remember, the ‘good old days’ when you graduated from High School and that diploma all but guaranteed you a 30 year job in a factory.
You weren’t high rolling but you could at least keep a roof over your head, put food on the table, and send your kids to a good school so that they could get and even better factory job than the one you had. With the right education, they might have even end up being the boss.
But now there are no more factories such as, Illinois Steel, US Steel, John Deere, Caterpillar, Brach Candy Company, Hostess Brands, In. the makers of Twinkies, etc.
Currently, the only companies willing to hire under-educated Black men are The Gangs. And mind you, The Gangs are doing what other companies won’t. They’re actively recruiting young Black men, giving them on the job training, teaching them discipline and loyalty, promoting those who make their sales quotas, and most importantly, they pay well.
For a young Black male on the streets with no other job available to him, ‘slinging drugs’ is the only way he has of taking care of his family. And the best way of making sure that you continue making your sales quota is by eliminate the competition or any threat or hindrance such as a neighbor who threatens to call the Police.
Below is an excerpt from the website, http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/653.html
From the 1940s until the 1970s, the steel industry remained one of the Chicago area’s leading economic sectors. Immediately after World War II, the United States was making over half the world’s steel, and mills in Indiana and Illinois accounted for about 20 percent of total U.S. production capacity. Many of the large open-hearth plants established in the early part of the century continued to make huge amounts of steel. Between 1959 and 1964, Interlake and Wisconsin Steel became two of the first U.S. mills to install basic oxygen furnaces, which were faster and cheaper than the older open-hearth equipment.
Meanwhile, a large new plant was built by Bethlehem Steel at Burns Harbor, Indiana. The last giant mill constructed in the Chicago region, the Bethlehem plant helped make the Illinois-Indiana region the geographical center of the U.S. steel industry at the end of the 1960s.
During the Cold War, when most Chicago-area steelworkers were represented by the USWA, relatively high wage levels did not prevent labor conflict. Between 1945 and 1959, there were five industry-wide strikes. In 1952, about 80,000 Chicago-area steelworkers walked out for two months. An even more serious work stoppage occurred in 1959, when tens of thousands of workers in the Chicago area joined 500,000 steelworkers nationwide in a four-month strike to win changes in work rules, wage levels, and benefits.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the U.S. steel industry suffered a sudden collapse that threw thousands out of work. U.S. Steel and other American steel companies that still depended upon large numbers of older, inefficient plants failed to withstand the combination of a decline in demand and the rise of international competition in the 1970s.
The sudden decline of American steel stunned the employees of mills across the Chicago area. Between 1979 and 1986, about 16,000 Chicago-area steelworkers lost their jobs. Wisconsin Steel closed abruptly in 1980 after attempts at a financial bailout failed. South Works endured a prolonged shutdown before closing its doors in 1992. Inland Steel cut thousands of workers. Republic Steel dismissed half its employees. In 1984, it merged with LTV Steel, which declared bankruptcy in 1986. The closures left many steelworkers without jobs or health care and decimated communities in northwest Indiana and the Calumet district.
If you have trouble understanding what this article is saying, simply put the major reason these factories are gone is not so much the decline in orders for steel, but a desire by the steel company owners to bust the Unions.
It appears that the owners were not so receptive to Union leaders coming in and telling them how to run their businesses. So their solution, since their children weren’t interested in taking over for them, was to let the factories fall into decline. International competition finished us off.
For more information, you might want to read the following white paper.
America needs to get back to manufacturing goods again instead of importing goods. Therefore, giving some real credence to the term, ‘Made in America.’