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The New York Times Thinks Americans Don’t Work Night Shifts

This is a pretty extraordinary statement in a report about Apple:

Another frustration with manufacturing in Texas: American workers won’t work around the clock. Chinese factories have shifts working at all hours, if necessary, and workers are sometimes even roused from their sleep to meet production goals. That was not an option in Texas.

China is not just cheap. It’s a place where, because it’s an authoritarian government, you can marshal 100,000 people to work all night for you,” said Susan Helper, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and the former chief economist at the Commerce Department. “That has become an essential part of the product-rollout strategy.”

First, it is pretty incredible that the New York Times would let something like that go forward. There are plenty of nightshifts in the United States at plenty of factories. Second, the further premise seems to be that Apple is using an authoritarian government to force people to work overnight.

The reality is that many Americans are absolutely glad to work overnight, whether in an emergency room or a Waffle House, but Apple would have to pay them.

Just amazing the Times let that slide through the article.

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