PHILADELPHIA — Labor Secretary William E. Brock III rated the nation's work force today as good and improving but said American labor must substitute "brains for brawn" to stay competitive and prosperous in the 21st Century.
Brock delivered the grade and the suggestion in a speech billed as his first in a series of annual reports on the "State of the Workforce."
Speaking in the courtyard of Carpenter's Hall, home of the nation's first labor union, Brock said it wasn't enough that a record 115 million men and women are working in the United States.
"Smokestack America is giving way to computer America," he told about 100 labor and business leaders assembled as part of the city's Constitution bicentennial celebration. "In the current state of our work force there are more jobs, more workers, more challenges and more opportunities than at any time in our nation's history.