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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy View Post
    In a similar discussion about 25 years ago in a college class, I asked ďbut if this is our definition of assimilation (ie: one component being not working blue collar jobs per the professorís definition) and if everyone gets assimilated as per the ideal - then who will change our oil and stock the supermarket shelves?Ē

    I was arguing that we need a broader definition of assimilation. We need better working conditions and pay for all jobs. Because we need someone to change our oil.

    The professor was not impressed. I think she didnít know what to do with a 30 -something student bringing the real world to the classroom.
    Wasnít that a bit like discussing your need for a haircut with a barber?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDAHL View Post
    By low skilled labor? Jobs requiring little by way of training or skill. Often found in retail, food service or Congress.
    Hmmm.

    There are a lot of low/semi-skilled jobs in agriculture and infrastructure maintenance that I don't think will be done by robots or via Zoom anytime soon. Real-world jobs involving labor and such.

    Face-to-face retail and food service I can see passing the way of the buggywhip however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bae View Post
    Face-to-face retail and food service I can see passing the way of the buggywhip however.
    Step inside any airport and see how servers have been replaced by iPads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    Step inside any airport and see how servers have been replaced by iPads.
    Or those things that buzz to tell you to come fetch your food.

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    A relative has a job in robotics--engineering, I think. That should be good for awhile.
    We need an expansion of various trade and tech schools with apprenticeships, like Germany has.

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    Germany has a high wage economy though, yea not gonna work here.
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    Today I heard on the radio UPS is looking for a bunch of both regular and seasonal employees.

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