Skip to comments.American prison labor means longer unemployment lines
Posted on 09/16/2012 4:01:02 PM PDT by vet7279
American Apparel, the Selma, Ala., based military clothing manufacturer closed one of its plants and continues to downsize others due to the loss of some of its contracts to FPI. According retired Air Force colonel and spokesman Kurt Wilson, the company laid off 255 employees and cut the hours of 190 employees this year alone. So private workers end up losing their jobs to prisoners.
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It might be the only way!
Prisoners deserve nothing.
No jobs, books, TV, sports, no visitors but their lawyers, No nothing.
Bread and water and that’s it.
This is a travesty.
The labor they should be doing is what we employ a lot of state and federal workers to do.
No pay for it, either. Not one penny.
Bring back the roadside chain-gangs.
To Hades with this criminal filth
I am all for prisoners reasonably earning their keep, staying busy, and perhaps gaining some job skills and some money to work with when they get out.
But rather than impact private business it seems to me they should do stuff like grow their own food, make license plates, clean roadsides, make their own food, make prison clothes, stuff like that.
I suppose that might impact private business in that private companies wouldn’t bid on the above. But it would save taxpayer money, I think as well.
Wow, now we’re just like China! Obama, Turd Worldist-in-Chief..
The travesty is sitting in the White Hut.
Yes. Let’s stop businesses from doing what they can to survive. Let’s make sure more fail.
And let’s increase the amount of cheap chinese crap we buy.
I’m sure lots of businesses would love to hire expensive union labor instead of hiring criminals.
Yes, it is. We have more people in the criminal justice system than any other "civilized" nation on the planet and they still can't buy cigarettes or booze with the pittance they get paid for what union thugs outside the system would be paid $40 / hour and be free to wander around and spend their money however they choose.
Just wait until sequestration hits and 120,000 troops lose employment plus 150,000 civilians and contractors plus 300,000 spin-off jobs are axed!
Then you would put SEIU members out of work.
It is SEIU members and other government union laborers who make prevailing wage (i.e., $58 per hour plus benefits) who are now doing all the work that prisoners won't do.
I saw this TV segment on the Fox Report. It said that prisoners are paid between $.23 to $1.15 per hr.
“American Apparel charges $29.44 per uniform, but the FPI uniform costs $34.18 a 15 percent difference.”
The Fox Report graph cited dibbs.bsm.dla.mil as the source for this information.
Or what we let illegal aliens do. Prisoners are perfect for farm labor. Seasonally available, hard work, helps feed everyone else for cheap.
It costs far more to manage them using government union hirelings than what their work output is worth. It's cheaper to just warehouse them. Government schools are in a similar situation.
You know it’s bad when Obama tried to give a waiver to the federal law saying you have to notify everyone 90 days in advance of a major layoff like what will happen with Sequestration.
No, it’s not a regular job.
I don’t think they make but a few cents an hour.
and if they save the government having to bid and spend a lot more money, then GREAT!
Now if the govt would let taxpayers keep that portion then it will boost jobs (especially done on larger scale)
The government should utilize prison labor FIRST, before hiring even one federal employee.
The additional costs arose out of the CLOSE supervision given to prisoners with saw blades and machinery!
Plus, at the end of the line they packed everything in large boxes. We were told to just leave the boxes alone a few days and not start unpacking ~ until any prisoner who'd hidden away in there decided to get out!
That way we'd avoid a confrontation ...........
Civilian on civilian production and package is less costly ~ but like a dozen former federal wardens told me today's prisoners aren't happy just sitting there staring out of a window ~ they are thinking all the time about how to escape or kill you. This gets that nonsense off their minds!