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The whole "unskilled labor" concept bothers me in two regards: The first one being that, if a job is unskilled, that's because market pressures to cut labor costs are inherent to capitalism--so every career gradually becomes more unskilled (I see it all the time in my profession as new types or pipe couplings and machines replace human welders); no one is immune from it.

The second is: jobs in manufacturing, steel, energy, construction, etc. were not unionized in the past becuase they were more "skilled"--they were unionized because past organizers strategized that these sectors held the most economic power--they had the most potential to shut the country down if the need for a general strike arose.

Basically, the argument is a two-fold historical erasure: the first being a denial of capitalism's inherent tendencies, and the second of workers' historical agency and organizational foresight

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