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What does the term "blue-collar" mean? What does it refer to, and where did it come from?

Same with "white-collar" or any other similar expressions I may not have heard about yet. Thanks!

Asked By: lilylady20 - 6/27/2008
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A Blue-collar worker is a member of the working class who performs manual labor and earns an hourly wage. Blue-collar workers are distinguished from those in the service sector and from white-collar workers, whose jobs are not considered manual labor... More
Answered By: sciptor - 6/27/2008
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A Blue-collar worker is a member of the working class who performs manual labor and earns an hourly wage. Blue-collar workers are distinguished from those in the service sector and from white-collar workers, whose jobs are not considered manual labor.
Answered By: Sam R - 6/27/2008
 
Blue-collar worker is an idiom referring to a member of the working class who performs manual labor and earns an hourly wage. Blue-collar workers are distinguished from Tertiary sector of industry service workers and from white-collar workers, whose jobs are not considered manual labor. However, some service workers... More
Answered By: sandy c - 6/27/2008
 
Wikipedia puts it best... More
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Answered By: Dedo - 6/27/2008
 
I believe the term 'blue collar' originated in the first Ford Factory to be built in the USA. and was a colloquial way of referring to those who worked with their hands. 'White collar' referred to those in positions of authority and included office workers and supervisors. Whilst these terms are old fashioned today... More
Answered By: allatsea - 6/27/2008
 
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