It is a shame that blue collar workers are often regarded as inferior, when in fact they often do the work society needs while often toiling in unsafe difficult working conditions with no fringe benefits. Living in Florida it is amazing to see them working in the hot summer sun all day. It is an irony that so many white collar office workers, feeling so safe and smug after working for years in their cubicles only to be given the pink slip at the latest budget cutback. Many a blue collar worker performs essential services that must continue regardless of economic conditions
The blue collar workforce deserves a lot more respect. People with little education or a criminal record are unable to apply for anything besides blue collar work. People in high unemployment areas must take any work available to survive. Some blue collar jobs require an apprenticeship program before hiring, and although this is not as long as getting a college education, it serves the same purpose.