Detroit Free Press: Marick Masters on modern automotive jobs

“The new-collar workforce is a more highly educated worker than your typical blue-collar worker is now," said Marick Masters, a professor of business and adjunct professor of political science at Wayne State University. "They're on the plant floor, they’re just doing more highly technical jobs than what you would have typically defined as a blue-collar job. They’ll be reading machinery and making logistical decisions and programming.” A shrinking and changing workforce at GM and its Detroit rivals is not new. Over the past decade all three have shifted, shrunk and changed. "They're all operating at about the same level; there's no giant among them," said Masters.

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