There are jobs out there which pay more than $ 10.00 an hour.
That’s a living wage, but are there strings attached? Like you have to be the fastest picker in the field?
Are you up for it 99ers? I am impressed and I am thinking many more people would apply if they knew about it.
American citizens here is your chance.
Contact your local EDD office.
And if you are nervous, why not try to form a network of friends through the American 99ers union to go up and try it. And then blog about it. It might be a great experience.
An exert from the AP article is posted here:
I disagree with the farmer and EDD –people will pack their bags if they knew about the chance to make a living wage and ward off debt and foreclosure for their families.
Have you really tried in Nevada and other states to recruit workers?
My experience is not. Edd does not do anything at all to try and encourage workers to step out of the box of office work and cubicles.
Quote from AP report:
“It’s just not something that most Americans are going to pack up their bags and move here to do,” said farmer Steve Fortin, who pays $10.25 an hour to foreign workers to trim strawberry plants for six weeks each summer at his nursery near the Nevada border. He has spent $3,000 this year ensuring domestic workers have first dibs on his jobs in the sparsely populated stretch of the state, advertising in newspapers and on an electronic job registry.
But he hasn’t had any takers, and only one farmer in the state hired anyone using a little-known, little-used program to hire foreign farm workers the legal way – by applying for guest worker visas.
Since January, California farmers have posted ads for 1,160 farm worker positions open to U.S. citizens and legal residents seeking work.
Only 233 people applied after being linked with the jobs through unemployment offices in California, Texas, Nevada and Arizona. One grower brought on 36 U.S citizens or legal permanent residents. No one else hired any.
“It surprises me, too, but we do put the information out there for the public,” said Lucy Ruelas, who manages the California Employment Development Department’s agricultural services unit. “If an applicant sees the reality of the job, they might change their mind.”
The California figures represent a small sample of efforts to recruit domestic workers under the H-2A Guest Worker Program, but they provide a snapshot of how hard it is to lure Americans to farm labor – and to get growers to use the program.
Guess what EDD—-Yes they will come if you make the work seem honorable and pay a living wage.
Why not ask a cubicle worker if they like the outdoors?