Job security but no advancement from ...

Job security but no advancement from bottom rung

There are 2 comments on the WLOX-TV Biloxi story from Aug 8, 2009, titled Job security but no advancement from bottom rung. In it, WLOX-TV Biloxi reports that:

Sleep is a rare commodity for Juan Cortez. Between nights spent clearing tables at a Manhattan nightclub and days running food to customers in a Bronx restaurant, the 42-year-old Peruvian immigrant worries more about finding time for shuteye than job security.

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Wild Irish Rose 3

“Love Is a Rose”

Since: Jul 09

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#1 Aug 8, 2009

"The phenomenon of Americans shunning farm jobs is nothing new - the influx of Mexicans and other foreign-born workers to fill vacancies has fueled a long, sometimes contentious immigration debate. Those labor dynamics seem largely unchanged this year.

In one sign, farmers are still steadily applying for visas under the federal program designed to provide temporary farm workers where there are expected domestic labor shortages. Federal immigration officials received 5,574 so-called H-2A petitions from Oct. 1 through mid-June. The numbers could exceed the previous fiscal year if applications continue at the same pace.

"Even as rural unemployment increases, U.S. workers regard farm work as beneath them," said Jordan Wells, coordinator of the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. "Why do people work at McDonald's and not the farm? There's something about farm work that has been stigmatized."

Farmers like the Ron Samascott in Kinderhook, N.Y., typically advertise available jobs before bringing in workers from other countries.

"I don't think we had any responses," Samascott said."

Rico from East Los

Since: Jul 09

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#2 Aug 8, 2009
Job security, what's that!!!

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