Legislative equal employment opportunity in hiring practices (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) is the most significant improvement in the timelines of racial integration of our American workforce since the tremendous gains labor unions experienced in the 1930’s during the New Deal of the FDR Administration.
Consequently, employers were suddenly held to a standard of fairness in providing jobs to everyone with the basic qualifications. Nonetheless, it was not long after the initiation of the formal equal opportunity act that the base line for hiring pushed for greater college graduates, particularly for entry level positions. Even in areas that were before considered blue collar jobs got a boost to require higher education and certification.
The broader range for minimal requirements can be viewed as a plus in the quality of worker skills, but it also the hourly rate higher and higher. …..[to be continued]