Hazleton residents propose armed groups

Mar 8, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Times Leader

Mark Rabo addressed council, suggesting the crime rate and constraints of the city's budget warranted the presence of an armed crime watch group to patrol city streets.

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Mar 17, 2013
 
Just as you deliver tobacco products to a retailer, a temp agency delivers workers to an employer. You are not responsible if a person smokes and the agency is not responsible how the employer treats the worker. Get it? That's why I still can't hold the agency responsible for the job picture in the city. Now, being a temp worker is close to a jail sentence. Health insurance is available but at a high weekly deduction. Sick day's are unheard of. Vacation time...they rig the system so to qualify for vacation time you need to work x hours in a calendar year. So if a person starts in late Jan. they will not meet the number that year. They then must work the entire next year and then the next year be able to use it. And once placed at a job, there is no changing that. Unless the position you're in is terminated, you're stuck. As far as wages goes, we live in a free capitalist economy. Labor is a commodity just like gas, price is determined by supply and demand. The area is over loaded with cheap labor. The agency has no control over this.
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Mar 17, 2013
 
Alea iacta est wrote:
Just as you deliver tobacco products to a retailer, a temp agency delivers workers to an employer. You are not responsible if a person smokes and the agency is not responsible how the employer treats the worker. Get it? That's why I still can't hold the agency responsible for the job picture in the city. Now, being a temp worker is close to a jail sentence. Health insurance is available but at a high weekly deduction. Sick day's are unheard of. Vacation time...they rig the system so to qualify for vacation time you need to work x hours in a calendar year. So if a person starts in late Jan. they will not meet the number that year. They then must work the entire next year and then the next year be able to use it. And once placed at a job, there is no changing that. Unless the position you're in is terminated, you're stuck. As far as wages goes, we live in a free capitalist economy. Labor is a commodity just like gas, price is determined by supply and demand. The area is over loaded with cheap labor. The agency has no control over this.
I'll ask you 2 questions. How would the job picture in the city be if there were no temp service agencies to get cheap labor from? Do you think a company would be willing spend all that money on hiring somebody just to expect the worker to quit if he doesn't like the job?

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1) No different. The employment picture in city is just a small snap shot of the rest of the country. The thing that is holding the entire area back from not lowering the unemployment rate as fast as other area's is number two.
2) Companies spend major resources when deciding where to build another plant/factory. A team does extensive work crunching numbers based on the most recent demographic results. They know well in advance prior to the first block being laid as to how big the labor pool is in the area. The agency is just a perk.(Agencies are not the cheap. If a worker earns 10.00 per hour, the agency gets about 15.00 from the company) The next problem the area is facing is the fact the job skills that are in demand in this economy are just not that available in NEPA. Look at the most recent census numbers in terms of education levels completed. NEPA is one step above useless. And the large numbers of uneducated Hispanics flowing into the area just adds to the downslide. Finally, a company will do what is needed to keep the cheap, uneducated labor employed.
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Alea iacta est wrote:
1) No different. The employment picture in city is just a small snap shot of the rest of the country. The thing that is holding the entire area back from not lowering the unemployment rate as fast as other area's is number two.
2) Companies spend major resources when deciding where to build another plant/factory. A team does extensive work crunching numbers based on the most recent demographic results. They know well in advance prior to the first block being laid as to how big the labor pool is in the area. The agency is just a perk.(Agencies are not the cheap. If a worker earns 10.00 per hour, the agency gets about 15.00 from the company) The next problem the area is facing is the fact the job skills that are in demand in this economy are just not that available in NEPA. Look at the most recent census numbers in terms of education levels completed. NEPA is one step above useless. And the large numbers of uneducated Hispanics flowing into the area just adds to the downslide. Finally, a company will do what is needed to keep the cheap, uneducated labor employed.
i'll agree with you. But I would never use these temp services. I feel if I did it would be a bigger liability to me. Like I posted once before, i know of one agency that just takes names down and has like a waiting list for those who want to work. No background checks or anything done. That's how I believe the undesireables and illegals find work here. I don't know if you remember a few years back when that Walmart dist. Center in Pottsville got caught with illegals working in there, and they were all temps. That's where my blame goes.

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Mar 18, 2013
 
You make several valid and proven points. When it comes to the illegal's, I'm still wondering why the POS in the White House can send 500 billion and 200 F-16's to Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood and yet our border's are no more than a broken screen door. But thats fodder for another day....
Either way, Hazleton is loaded with $8.00 per hour dregs that are working the system and probably doing better than the white guy who is the line lead or shift supervisor. Notice the scarcity of Unions out in CAN DO. My thought is the obvious that the employers don't want them and second the fact that the Hispanics are doing good enough without them and don't want to open any door of scrutiny as to why. The straw that will break the camel's back is if the big pencil pushers decide it's still cheaper to send these jobs out of the country. Then watch the fireworks start. If you think I'm crazy, imagine if I suggested this 40 years ago in Detroit. The locals would of had me committed, now look at that city. As a country moving forward, we are becoming more of the technology and scientific providers to the world and less of the hands on labor aspect. This is yet another reason the jack-ass president is wrecking this country by allowing yet another million or so uneducated Mexicans into the country. OK, I've strayed enough....later

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