July 27th, 2007
The printer industry in the USA needs trained press operators and bindery workers. Many other trades are having the same issues. The government so far has been only been in a political fight, not solving this issue. Forget training more designers, you can find one working at every coffee shop, they are like actors.
I have one solution that will take the whole issue one step forward. It is time to start building trade schools on the southern border. Fill them up, document them and send them to us…These trade schools would be like a dorm or as my college was a like, a low security jail Workers would stay and train in for 3-9 months as they are processed through and learn skills. If they do not have the IQ, fail out, criminal records, drug issues or cannot find and hold a job ship them back. After 3 years with a good work history and clean records, put them on the path to citizenship. I believe people who have the drive to walk and risk their life to get here, would have the drive to be good press or bindery worker.I also have no problem saying if you have no needed skills, do not work hard or have a criminal record, you have no place in the USA. Of course political persecution and other aspects will allow you in the USA by other means. My solution is only for filling needed workers with needed skills. The way many illegal workers are taken advantage of by business today is unethical and criminal. We need to provide ways for the workers our industry needs, to come and work here. Away that will also be legal and not allow the workers to be abused. The current methods of doing this are far to limited, costly and time consuming. So we need to build trade schools on the border.