Skip to comments.Bay firms depend on foreign workers (Crab Pickers)
Posted on 06/01/2005 11:26:35 AM PDT by JZelle
Jack Brooks observes the 25 or so women sitting at stainless steel tables, picking lumps of meat out of blue crabs fished from the Chesapeake Bay. There are a handful of Americans and about 18 Mexicans packing up small tubs for sale to restaurants and markets. "We have to have the Mexican workers just to sustain our business. American workers simply are not available," the co-owner of J.M. Clayton Co., a Cambridge, Md., business founded by his great-grandfather in 1890, said last month.
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The crew accept the chance that they could catch nothing and get no money. They usually end up getting the qualified crew cheapest that way.
The processors know they will have a certain amount of work to do based on the set quota and set price for the ccrab. They hire unskilled mexicans cheap.
The fishermen & processors are 2 completely separte business entities.
Here many fisherman work on shares. with the owner of the boat getting two shares while the rest get one.
I've been think and thinking about this. More and more Americans want a good standard of living, so they avoid work like this like the plague. However, if businesses were to stop using illegals, then a heck of a lot of jobs would go unfilled quickly. If there are 10 million illegals here and lets say the range of 1 to 2 in 3 is working as an assumption, then about 2% to 4% of the U.S. workforce is working illegally. Just as a rough guess. When 5% unemployment is considered full employment, then there really is a need for more workers than the U.S. has in supply. If the illegals were all shipped out tomorrow, that would mean 2-4% of the jobs out there would be available. These are all, right now, low wage jobs. By supply and demand, wages would have to rise for these positions to be filled. That would put an upward pressure on costs and the price for these items would increase. The net result would be that, on an economically comparable scale, nothing would change. The higher wages paid for Americans to work the jobs illegals are doing now would still result in the same relative standard of living. Americans would have to get used to working and living in conditions that illegals experience today. Provided social services aren't pegged to inflation pressures resulting from dumping the illegals, then living on the government dole would be worse than living in the low standards illegals live in today. In other words, it might be enough to get Americans to do the cr@p jobs they won't do today because welfare would be worse. All based on supply and demand.
Ill admit that the thought of seeing their employers up to and *including* Gutless Wonder serving his year would suit me fine.
I've got news for you, more and more americans are avoiding jobs like engineering for the same reason. know anyone who wants to be a tradesman - carpenter, painter, roofer. why not? its not just unskilled labor anymore.
Some of this is geography. Chesapeake Md is sparsely populated but it is within driving distance of DC and Baltimore. Tell me there are no unemployed workers there.
"We have to have the Mexican workers just to sustain our business. American workers simply are not available,"
You want Americans, then you have to attract Americans. My guess is that the wages they are paying are so low that no American could take them and still make a living.
So CIS admits that unemployed workers presently don't have incentives to take jobs. Any adult male who doesn't already have an incentive to get a job won't benefit from kicking out foreign laborers.
Enact Bush's guest laborer proposal and they will all be legal and no one will have any problem.
I think he is saying that US workers don't have incentives to take low paying jobs with poor working conditions. How ungrateful are we (is the sarcasm suitably apparent)?
So he's saying that there are eleven million people out there who will sit on their butts instead of mowing yards for $10 an hour, but they will enthusiastically mow yards for $20 an hour?Or maybe they would just love to pick melons, paint water towers and tar roofs for $20 an hour.
Heck, I might mow yards for 20$ per hour!
Enact my guest bank customer proposal and then all bank robbers will be legal and no one will have any problem.
Some Hispanic families have been here since before the revolutionary war and have shed their blood for your right to insult them in such a childish manner.
I went to the local veterans' cemetery this weekend. There are quite a few headstones in the new KIA section with Hispanic names. They weren't felons they were heroes and I doubt if their families would appreciate you saying that they were felons.
Legal Immigrants are fine!!
Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!
Be Ever Vigilant!
Minutemen Patriots ~ Bump!
I never said that all Hispanics were felons. You're a little dense, aren't you...
What I did do was point out the absurdity of your claim by making a similarly absurd claim. By your posts, comments, and tag line you claim and imply that we need to pander to so-called "hispanics" by excusing the crimes of illegal aliens and rewarding those illegal aliends with jobs, benefits, and citizenship. So, I crafted a tagline which implied that we need to pander to felons to get their votes.
Maybe you should go back to your 'sock puppet' line.