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This blog reminds me of an HR friend at a cola company that reported that often-times supervisors made less than the delivery drivers. The physical demands of the delivery drivers was great. The company never had a problem getting drivers to become supervisors so they could escape the physical demands of being a delivery driver.

Good observation, Paul. One of the indisputable facts about job valuation conveniently overlooked in labor relations environments is the inverse statistical relationship between onerous physical effort and pay. Any serious researcher who analyzes correlations of job content and remuneration across the entire range of occupational categories soon realizes that work requiring a strong back is factually cheaper to fill than work requiring a sharp mind. Since that fact is unpopular with unions whose membership is dominated by the former class, it is regularly ignored in collective bargaining sessions.

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