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How Much HAVE Employer/Employee Relationships Changed?

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Walk out of high school, walk into a factory job.  Stay until 65, then retire.  Millions of Americans followed exactly that pathway for generations. 

They worked hard and were paid well, in money and fringe benefits.  But the social contract changed, as Rick Wartzman points out in his book The End of Loyalty

Wartzman tracks the changes at four major American employers--GM, GE, Kodak, and Coca-Cola--to see just how profoundly the relationship shifted.  The author visits to describe some of his findings. 

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.