@late @Unthinking Majority
late wrote:This is where I like to insert a pithy prediction. I haven't got one this time. This is one helluva complicated mess.
The fact that Boomers are retiring is a big deal too in this equation. Moreover, the younger generations hadn't had an incentive to reproduce as much because it's hard for them to get paid decently to be able to financially support a family (and have time to raise a family), to get ahead, and to have acceptable work environments that the Boomer generation actually had. So, the younger generation didn't have near as many kids, which contributes to a tighter job market. In addition, the fact that workers were constantly treated like shit all the time for decades and then the pandemic comes along, workers were able to take better stock of the situation and are now reacting. Given that much of the labor force is not unionized, many of these workers can't go on strike.
Those workers that can go on strike and are part of a union, in many cases can get easily replaced. However, that dynamic has changed now and instead of going on strike, workers are rebelling and reacting to the employer tactic of replacing striking workers or workers who quit by replacing their employers and finding a job that will treat them right and pay them an acceptable wage so they can live and have a little bit of a life instead of working 5 jobs to pay bills and never having any time for yourself, family and spend any money you might have leftover after paying bills. This issue has been neglected for a long time and now is coming home to roost.
That being said, this isn't just a U.S. phenomenon, but also a global phenomenon now that the pandemic has struck. And the republican states that cut benefits back in June and July, those states haven't had any luck in getting any workers despite cutting benefits. Another fact is the failure to get people vaccinated against the pandemic. If people don't vaccinate, others won't participate in the job market because they don't want to bring COVID home to vulnerable family members or catch it themselves.
But this is part of the mentality of corporate America and many private businesses worldwide of not seeing workers as human beings and just things to be replaced which have contributed greatly to this problem as well. Workers at the end of the day are human beings, not replaceable spare parts to be thrown away. Workers are also not slaves either that you can abuse as Southern plantation slave masters did to their slaves back during the Plantation era. No worker wants to be a slave nor do they want to be treated like a slave.