At least two companies relied upon by tech behemoth Apple are beginning to move manufacturing operations from China to countries such as Vietnam and India in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.
Winstron Corp, one iPhone manufacturer, is already spending $1 billion to shift production to new facilities in Vietnam and and India. Another company, Pegatron, is planning on beginning iPhone production in Vietnam and Indonesia by 2021.
The underlying structure of neoliberal globalist corporations such as Apple has always been reliant on a supply of cheap labor to manufacture products sold in American and Europe, and the coronavirus epidemic is only the latest development to challenge the existing structure of a Chinese-dominated global manufacturing supply chain.
President Trump’s America First trade agenda has severely weakened the ability of global corporations to offshore their industries and facilities to China, but god forbid they’d consider bringing their manufacturing jobs and industry back to the United States. Companies like Pegatron and Winstron will gladly move away from China, which already has a comparatively aging population, to nations in which they can obtain a greater supply of cheap labor.
India in particular has increasingly structured its economy around the prospect of outsourcing American jobs and wealth to the country, possessing a population of 1.3 billion and what some global business executives are calling the ‘workforce of the future.’ India’s government is lobbying intensely in the United States to expand the existing H1B cheap labor visa system, a program that allows global corporations to replace American workers with Indian immigrants who will work for far less.
Apple has already been granted an extremely generous exemption from China tariffs, avoiding a 7.5% import tax that other companies manufacturing cheap goods in the communist country will pay to bring their products to the United States.
As global corporations such as Apple seek to outsource their industries from China, American policy makers must be prepared to institute new tariffs and trade measures to prevent the further loss of American industries to countries with poor labor and environmental standards.
POLL: Truck Drivers Won’t Deliver to Cities With Defunded Police Departments
They will be on their own.
A poll conducted among truck drivers by an industry organization reveals that a substantial majority of drivers will decline to deliver shipping loads to cities that “defund” their police departments, a new progressive policy proposal gaining acceptance in many Democratic cities in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the race riots that followed.
The poll was conducted by trucking industry news site CDLLife. The company polled CDL license holders on its app, asking “Would you pick up/deliver to cities with defunded or disbanded police departments? Why or why not?”
A whopping 77% of truck drivers who use the app said that they would not engage in trucking in cities without police departments. Some drivers explained their reasoning.
“I will not deliver to an area with a disbanded police department. My life matter and I do this for my family. We are already at the mercy of these towns and cities with laws and hate against us for parking, getting a meal or even using a restroom.”
“For my own safety and security of my customers’ loads, I have already informed my dispatcher that I will refuse all loads to cities that have defunded their police departments.”
Trucking remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, more so than actually being a police officer. Department of Labor research has indicated truck driving is the most dangerous job in the country, rated through fatalities per capita.
One Minneapolis truck driver was attacked by a mob of rioters staging a roadblock on a public highway. The rioters were seen attacking the man’s truck and assailing his windshield after he tried to drive through their dangerous checkpoint. Remarkably, the driver himself was detained by the Minneapolis Police Department after the permitted rioters to shut down the highway, but was later released from custody without charges.
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