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Posted on 01/21/2010 8:38:20 AM PST by heartwood
These are more "jobs Americans won't do," according to Publix supermarkets. In southwest Florida, where there's 14 percent unemployment, the supermarket chain is importing Brazilians and Peruvians on J-1 "cultural exchange" visas. Unbelievable. I'd boycott the chain if I lived down there.
(Go to NR for link - FR does not allow d/t copyright.)
Sounds like something Marco Rubio should get on top of.
No more Publix for you!!
When Obama promises to pay his supporter’s rent and buy their gasoline, why should any of them want to work as a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker at a Publix grocery store?
The Democrats create an “entitlement society” and refusal to work is a natural consequence of such a policy.
And the more they don’t work, the more free stuff they get! It is a great gig.
Also, this chain recently replaced Pearl Harbor Day with the Islamic New Year for December 7th on the calendar they pass out. Shameful, but I see a pattern developing with this store.
This is outrageous
I wish there was more information in the link. we need to fight this
Publix is too expensive anyway.
Yep. Might be time to start giving them some more attention. Do they own other chains in other parts of the country?
here is what a J1 visa is
Immigration Library: J-1 Visa
The J-1 Visa or Exchange Visitor Program was first implemented in 1961 as part of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. The motivation behind this act was to promote the understanding of other cultures by the people of the United States and likewise the understanding of the America culture by people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges.
A J-1 Visa is a non-immigrant visa available to aliens that fall under the designation of “Exchange Visitor”. To obtain a J-1 Visa, your sponsor must be accredited through the Exchange Visitor Program designated by the U.S. State Department.
Certain classes of J-1 “Exchange Visitor” require that the alien return to his/her home country or country of last permanent residence for a period of two (2) years after the completion of the J-1 status if: 1) the J-1 program is financed by the U.S. government or the government of the aliens home country; 2) the home country of the alien has a shortage of people with skills that the alien has; or 3) the alien receives medical training as interns or residents.
How does Publix get away with this?
As far as “work American’s won’t do”...here’s an article about a Publix bag boy who just happens to be an unemployed MBA. He’s working to show his kids that All work is honorable.
It is possible that they cannot get Americans for these jobs. If you have teens either living off mom and dad or welfare, laid off union workers who wouldn’t touch these jobs, people depending on welfare or living on their savings and UI insurance until they get a job in their field, and many, many older professionals who would not take these jobs for many reasons, I can see why they would go unfilled.
I’m not trying to defend this store. I just can see how they might not have enough applicants to fill these positions. If I am wrong, then I will gladly join you in the pitchfork aisle. ;-)
I think there are restaurants and amusement parks in the North Woods of Wisconsin that have used this visa. I was fishing in Minocqua a few years back and the waiters at one local restaurant were all Polish. It seemed there were no teens in town; most service personnel were either Eastern European or retired locals.
You might be right BUT I can tell you here in Dallas which has much lower unemployement that Florida a grocery chain is opening stores and for thousands and thousands of applicants for hundreds of jobs. They typically pay $10.00 plus some bennies.So I am suspicious they can’t get citizens to apply.
Before I’d let a company do this I’d go to the welfare rolls and get able bodied people to get off their ass and work.
“Before Id let a company do this Id go to the welfare rolls and get able bodied people to get off their ass and work.”
Agree with that sentiment 100%!
Plenty of Haitians on the way.
Next time someone is going on and on about those jobs that are being filled by illegals at the cost of Americans just ask them if they know someone who is ready and willing to go to work for $10 an hour, with few if any benefits. I have been doing this for the last few months and have yet to find someone who says they know someone in their personal acquaintance who is out of work and will take a job at McDonalds or WalMart or Burger King, etc. And they won't go to work for the phone company doing the manual labor of laying cable, or a lawn service mowing and raking and picking up the trash.
I don't know the answer, but I do know there are lots of jobs that Americans simply won't take, even if they are unemployed.
Publix Diversity in Action...
“Workforce Diversity & Inclusion
At Publix, we believe that workforce diversity is essential to our Company’s success. Our goal is to continue to attract talented associates and provide environments where similarities and differences in our associates are valued and utilized to achieve organizational goals and objectives. “
There is more information at the linked link (news-press dot com which you can’t touch with a ten-foot pole on FR). Numbers of hires, description of visa program, Publix saying it only needs temporary workers and Americans don’t want to do that; out of work Americans saying sure I’d do that.
Point is, you can always find Americans. Maybe you’d have to pay more. Maybe you’d have to offer benefits. These days you probably wouldn’t.
Big American corporations will cry worker shortage forever and try to get Congress to let them hire cheap foreign labor.
Florida congressman Robert Wexler (what is it with Florda?) introduced the 2009 Nurse Relief Act, claiming a shortage of more than 100,000 nurses. There may be 100,000 unfilled positions but that’s because the hospitals and nursing homes have them open and won’t fill them. Experienced nurses are having trouble and new nurses are begging for jobs. Pretty easy to figure out who’s giving him the campaign contributions.
Have large amounts of their shares been sold to Muzzies??
I've seriously considered taking some of these low-paying jobs, but any income would be taxed at an effective 40+% rate since my wife already works. Any income I earn would be subject to both payroll taxes and income taxes at the marginal rate. I just can't justify driving into town to make effectively $4.50/hour. One hour of work would be devoted simply to paying for fuel.
Now some may say that by restricting immigration these wages would rise, making the jobs more attractive. But would consumers absorb the price increases? If not, then the jobs would simply disappear and filled by no one.
I’m underemployed. I won’t take $10 an hour because when you add up transportation, child care, me getting taxed at my husband’s marginal rate, it isn’t worth it.
If my husband lost his job, or if $10 an hour would get me a toehold in my profession, I’d take it in a heartbeat.
I live in a well-to-do area - I know plenty of teenagers working here - grounds keeping, movie theatres, supermarket, waiting tables at assisted living.
Don’t shop there.
Especially if they are white.
All of the beach areas on the East Coast do this too. Bring a bunch in from Eastern Europe who somewhat speak English and put them up in an off the beach low rent hotel. Cheaper and less hassle than hiring locals teens just for the summer. They still hire locals, but the J-1’s kept the wages down to a reasonable level.
Fortunately, I know which cashiers won't give me a hard time with stupid objections.
I think the point was objecting to bringing in foreigners on a visa to work at a grocery store. Not how well they scan items. lol.
There aren’t any Publix around here though
I go out of my way to shop at Publix. Best produce.Best meat.Best service.Cleanest stores. And best pay and benefits for the employees in a “non-union” chain.
Yes, their prices are nominally higher, but then again,I can generally count on their meat and produce, along with all the rest of their stock, being fresh, and can trust the expiration dates on the boxes and bags.
I also live in Publix HQ general area, and quite frankly,there is no dearth of applicants for any entry level positions at this company.
That they might also have a foreign exchange worker policy/positions does not in any way disturb me.
I would hope the high level quality of grocery store standards one expects and assumes as standard from Publix, will eventually be considered the norm, worldwide.
No, I do not work for the company, nor am I a competitor or supplier.
Just a happy customer, who personally knows many low level employees.
You don’t believe me? Why would I make something up about a supermarket in another state, for fun?
Go to news-press dot com. Type in “publix” in their search box. The article by Amy Bennett Williams from Jan 19 will come up.
Or google “news press com publix” First result will be the article.
Or google “publix foreign” First result again.
It’s not that hard, honey. And even though everyone else is done with this thread, you still owe me an apology.
I do not owe you an apology.
It was your post,and specifically your inadequate link that is lacking, not mine.
And “honey”, I have no idea what motivates you to do anything.
Since I have dealt with your strawman arguments, addressed to me specifically... now we are done.
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