BEER-O-NOMICS: HOW BEER ALONE CAN MAKE OUR ISLAND BETTER.
Most of us donâ€™t think too much about beer other than if it is cold or our brand, but beer is a great example of all that is wrong with Guamâ€™s economy. I, myself, drink Miller Lite for one simple reason, it says â€œUnion Madeâ€ on every label so I know the workers that made it were treated fairly with dignity and respect. So let us consider the journey of a Miller Lite in Ch.1 of a book I am compiling together entitled Beer-o-nomics. Take a look at the Manufacturing viewpoint.
While Miller Lite says â€œUnion Madeâ€ on its label, most other major bottling plants are organized as well. Therefore, the workers at the bottling plant in Milwaukee Wisconsin are making at least $20 per hour, have decent health insurance and a good defined benefit retirement plan. Not a fortune by any stretch of the imagination but a decent middle class wage that allows them to buy a house and raise a family. It also allows them to go shopping and pay taxes in their community which mean decent public schools, adequate public services and a thriving economy for local businesses. Think about it, thatâ€™s hundreds of workers making over $40,000 a year which is worth millions of dollars a year to their home town.
Read the next section on Trucking and Stateside Ports next week!