But every stage also involves an employee for quality control. Before the pages are printed onto large aluminum plates, experts look at computer screens and printouts to triple-check everything from the spacing to the font. Later, each page is checked with a densitometer, a scanner-like device that measures the density of the color. And throughout the process, machines jam and alarms whistle, prompting workers to divert books and make quick fixes.
Technology has displaced the manual labor involved, Tapella said Friday, as he gave a tour of the printing floor, but technology cannot displace our workers expertise.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.