CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 19, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) White House economy advisory council chairperson Beryl Sprinkel quoted regarding economy forecast. Changes in American work force due to advancing technology discussed. Report introduced.
(NYC: Ray Brady) Ford employment Bob Stevens featured in Wixom, Michigan. [STEVENS - comments on having to do fractions on job when rehired.] [Leroy STUDEMEYER - says has to count on job but doesn't know how.] Labor experts quoted regarding lack of basic skills in work force. Workers' ineptitude reported costing industry millions per year [Labor expert Arnold PACKER - describes Americans' lack of basic skills.] New York Telephone's failure rate results on basic skills test given. [Xerox spokesperson David KEARNS - comments on worsening situation.] [Motorola worker Shirley HARRIS - comments on industry's changing expectations.] US' competition with Japan &other countries mentioned increase pressure on United States laborers. Companies reported teaching workers basics not learned while in school. [KEARNS - resents industry having to do what education system should've already done.] Impact of problem upon United States economy discussed. [Motorola spokesperson Bill WIGGENHORN - comments on living standards.] US reported having to successfully compete with other ntns. in order to prevent standard of living from dropping.