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posted 31 October 2005 10:09 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
Not enough peons to do the crap jobs...

Last week, grower Johnny Jamieson had a 65-person crew working in his olive grove. Two days later, only 12 of the migrant workers from Mexico showed up.

"I heard they're in construction, and they've shut down the borders pretty hard," he said. "So I don't know where they are. I heard some guys are going to Louisiana."

Hammering nails in hurricane-damaged New Orleans or in California's booming housing industry pays at least twice the wages that workers receive on farms. With so many builders crying for labour, nobody's asking to see the immigration papers of job applicants.

"They're getting $15, $18 an hour for pounding nails, nice benefits, and if the housing industry keeps going like it is, they'll have year-round jobs," said Hester.

"They got the farmers in a bad spot," said Jamieson. "Right now, I don't know. We're going to be down to the wire."

Well golly... that's the law of supply and demand, right? The glories of capitalism and all, right?

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posted 31 October 2005 12:17 PM      Profile for BleedingHeart   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Maybe he should try offering a decent wage.

Last time I checked, olives or olive oil were not cheap.

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