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when so many people could relate to so many different aspects about the documentary.” Yeagley’s interests are on track. We need to ask: what


can we do, individually and corporately, to contribute to resuscitating America’s dieing blue collar workforce? As colleges and universities seek unprecedented tuition increases, and with more college grads seeking jobs that ever before, it’s time to reinvigorate the work force. There is no more noble cause in America today.


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We at Taco hope there’s a blue collar, grass roots movement afoot that will begin to dismantle the ridiculous misconception that blue collar pros are somehow inferior to those with white collars. It’s a fallacy. The time to recognize America’s great need to strengthen its blue collar workforce is now, more than ever before.


“For the most part, trades people love the work they do,”


says Yeagley. “To a lot of people work seems like drudgery – they don’t really have a natural affinity and affection for the work they do. “Tradesmen, as much as they might bemoan the physical


aspects of the job, love the actual work and love the physical display once they complete the work they’re


doing on any given day,” he added. The pride of creating something that’s permanent and


of significant value comes through loud and clear in Yeagley’s film. The film also does an excellent job of describing the


special and very unique brand of intelligence required to be a tradesman. It’s not just putting pipe together. “For instance, when you look at plumbing, it’s a system


that is quite valuable that’s often neglected. The health of a nation, the health of a household depends on proper plumbing,” continued Yeagley. And not just anyone can do it, either!


“There’s this misconception that a person doing the type


of work that only includes manual aspects, like a carpenter or a plumber, doesn’t have any type of intelligence or any type of aptitude,” Yeagley said. One of the subjects interviewed in the film makes a


very interesting point. There’s a long-standing bias in the US against “blue-collar” work, which is ironic in a country that prides itself on being an egalitarian, democratic society. The $64,000 question: Why?


“If you look at the evolution of our economy, from


agricultural industries to low-tech manufacturing, then to high-tech manufacturing and eventually to a post- industrial society, the trades and tradesworkers have been lumped into that industrial society,’ says Yeagley. “So in America we’re in this ‘knowledge-based’ economy,


and we think we can sustain that forever. Jobs that are ‘of the past,’ these so-called industrial jobs, are looked at as inferior.” Well, we at Taco hope there’s a blue collar, grass roots


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