Just in time to celebrate Labor Day a list about labor. The mrW 100 Trade Jobs list is about the unsung “stars” of our society? That would be all those hard working men and women toiling away in the trades. Not a day that goes by when we shouldn’t all thank them and remember what they do to make our lives much easier and set the bar for a great standard of living. There is no special order to the rankings. FYI: I left off #100. That’s for you to fill in just in case we missed something on the original go round… Enjoy!

— Meyer

99. MEMBERS OF THE CLERGY: Whether you consider yourself a spiritual person or not you have to appreciate the job that members of the clergy do. They are in essence on call 24/7. They are the one person who almost always have to work when the rest of us have days off. And they probably can’t get through a day without someone asking them, “Why did this have to happen?” What’s great about the members of the clergy is that they always seem to have an answer for that question and it always helps.

98. FUNERAL DIRECTORS: Speaking of the “meaning of it all” imagine your job is to deal with death all the time. Along with that there is all the pain and grieving they also need to lend support for. That’s got to be emotionally draining on so many levels. Plus there is the “ick” factor. Pity the poor funeral director who is out there trying to meet folks and start relationships. “And what do you do for a living?” “I embalm people.” “Check please.” What I’m saying is, next time to meet a funeral director, ask them how they are doing.

97. QUALITY CONTROL INSPECTORS: Before we get to eat our food and drive our cars and play with all our stuff there is a veritable army of quality control inspectors who are putting their seal of approval on all those items. Every time I bust open a bag of potato chips I take a moment to think about that lonely inspector standing on the assembly line making sure no burnt potato chip makes it into my bag. Okay, maybe I don’t think of that every time but when was the last time you had a burnt chip? See what I mean? Quality control inspectors might not get it right 100% of the time but they come pretty darn close.

96. PARKING ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS: Next to umpires and referees can you think of any other job where you are going to be universally met with scorn and the stink eye? Admit it; if you see a parking enforcement officer your first instinct is “I hope they don’t find me.” If they have found you and there’s a ticket under your wiper blades you’re probably not going to say, “Thank you. May I have another?” Instead you could unleash a string of invectives to make a sailor blush; at least that’s what happens when the Meyer-mobile is tagged. Still, they have a job to do like the rest of us. We might not like this job but these folks are earning a living, supporting their families and doing what they got to do to get by. Maybe you should consider giving them a smile once and awhile. Never know how it might pay off down the road. Read More...

WorkBoots.com is a proud supporter of skilled workers. They know that without them, our country would (literally) fall apart. In an effort to raise awareness of an important issue, as well as promote trade education, they have created this Skills Gap infographic. It’s our job to rethink the way we view our country’s tradespeople. Read More...

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Welcome to living history. Years from now we’ll be able to bore anyone who listens to our stories of the Great Recession. Those stories will be light years away from the Great Depression stories told by our grandparents. After all, even in this Great Recession we still have a lot of cool stuff, the internet and cable TV. As it happens the Great Recession isn’t all that great and the recovery is even worse. There’s plenty of finger pointing and blame to go around for why things are so anemic but it can be summed up in three words: jobs, jobs, jobs. Unless somebody starts hiring and soon we’re going be to stuck in neutral for a long time. And that’s not a story anyone really wants to tell.



WASHINGTON — The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in June 2009 is the weakest. Read More...

Jackie received the Silver Medal for Career Pathways – Natural Resources Agriculture/Food.

Bob Medved, State Farm High-Tech Toolbox host sat down with SkillsUSA student and competitor Jackie Davis and asked her about her project which took Gold in the 2012 Idaho State Competition qualifying her and two teammates to compete in the National Competition.

Jackie along with 50+ other students at 2012 SkillsUSA Nationals received a scholarship from the mrW Foundation to help with their travel and lodging expenses. These scholarships are essential to assisting students in attending. Read More...

Collision Hub and mrW Tradesmen Bob Medved interviewed mrW’s Vice-President and Director of Operations at the 2012 SkillsUSA Nationals.

For many a trip to compete at SkillsUSA Nationals would not be possible without the scholarships provided by the Mike Rowe Works Foundation. When he’s not out looking for the world’s dirtiest job or driving a Ford, his foundation is hard at work supporting and leading the charge for a more skilled American Workforce.

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Boots crafted in the USA to be launched for Holiday 2012 as part of the Mike Rowe Works by Cat Footwear collection

ROCKFORD, Mich., July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Cat® Footwear announced today they are launching a new Mike Rowe Works by Cat Footwear work boot made in the USA for the holiday 2012 collection. As part of their partnership with Mike Rowe –creator, host and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s popular television show ‘Dirty Jobs’ — Cat Footwear will be manufacturing the Made in the USA work boots in the Wolverine World Wide plant in Big Rapids, Michigan. Read More...

The National Leadership and Skills Conference is always an exciting—transforming—experience involving 15,000 of our closest friends. It’s also humbling to realize how much our collective work affects lives. Many teachers said to me and to staff: “Thank you for what you do for our students.” Read More...