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There's no drought in California, but a scarcity of workers in the high unemployment state could...

There's no drought in California, but a scarcity of workers in the high unemployment state could send fruit and vegetable prices higher. "We just left them in the ground," says a farmer of some of his crops after being unable to find pickers. How about local residents instead of illegals? "None. Absolutely none (are interested)," he says, even for semi-skilled work paying $12-18/hour.
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  • Hitesh Patel
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    everyone wants to work in an air conditioned building with coffee breaks, lunch breaks, cigarette breaks, water cooler breaks, and office gossip chatter.... "I ain't pickin no damn fruit on a farm"
    20 Aug 2012, 01:49 PM Reply Like
  • bbro
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    You mean a bond trader doesn't want to pick fruit for $12 per hour??
    20 Aug 2012, 01:49 PM Reply Like
  • youngman442002
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    That is why we need a reset....
    20 Aug 2012, 01:51 PM Reply Like
  • Johann Galt
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    Pickin' is hard work. Much easier to use a gov't debit card and wait for Uncle's monthly payments. It ain't rocket science to figure out.
    20 Aug 2012, 01:51 PM Reply Like
  • Tom in Texas
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    With 99 weeks of unemployment, I'm not getting my hands dirty.
    20 Aug 2012, 01:52 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    The article points out truck drivers at the higher pay rate quoted. The higher unemployment areas in inside the cities, and not that close to where the fields are located. Drive through some of the growing areas of California, and they are not heavily populated. The farm owners interviewed should consider chartering buses to bring in workers. The other interesting thing about that article is that it points out that border checks are becoming more effective at blocking the entry of illegal workers trying to enter the U.S. through Mexico.
    20 Aug 2012, 01:53 PM Reply Like
  • Hitesh Patel
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    might need border checks to prevent the mexicans from leaving. No go pick that fruit from the farm for $2/hr!
    20 Aug 2012, 01:58 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    In the "New America," where the unskilled and unmotivated are rewarded with income payments, housing allowances, allowances for having babies, food stamps, easily falsified workmen's comp, etc. (I'm sure I've missed a slew), why would anybody want to do work?

     

    Only suckers work. And, it seems there are fewer each day to pay for the freeloaders. That's why the Government wants to grab ever higher amounts of their wealth.
    20 Aug 2012, 01:56 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    You forgot the part that with a large enough loss on a crop, the government will compensate the farm owner.
    20 Aug 2012, 02:01 PM Reply Like
  • davidbdc
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    Agree 100%. $12-$15 per hour? When I was a kid I spent summer weekends picking apples and strawberries. I don't remember what I got paid but it was by the crate/container and I'm sure it was all change.

     

    My dad did work for the same farmer as a second job - he would get up at 1am on Saturday morning to go load up the trucks, drive, and set up/work at a farmer's market until early Saturday afternoon.

     

    The amount of time my father thought about the idea that the government should be helping him make ends meet? ZERO hours, ZERO minutes, ZERO seconds. And number of times I heard him complaining? ZERO.

     

    If this story is true and these jobs are going wanting at the rate of $12 then everyone within a 50 mile radius should immediately lose any government unemployment and other programs they receive. This goes to the core of what type of country we are.... and I dare say that we aren't moving in the right direction.
    20 Aug 2012, 02:31 PM Reply Like
  • Patrick Farnsley
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    wait - do you mean FORWARD. is not the right direction?
    20 Aug 2012, 03:27 PM Reply Like
  • Terry330
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    Maybe Mitt Romney will free-up some of his house/yard maintance crew to help the farmers, who pay more than Mitt.
    20 Aug 2012, 02:04 PM Reply Like
  • Remyngton
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    22,000,000 more people on food stamps , but no one to pick the food ... makes sense
    20 Aug 2012, 02:09 PM Reply Like
  • wapiti
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    The breakdown of our society is in full swing...why work when the government will reward you for not working...I hope mitt will bring this info up...Obama, ever heard of workfare?? no work, NO $$ Too many baby daddys and mamas stayin home in the govt owned housing with free cell phones, food beer etc.. Why work??
    20 Aug 2012, 02:13 PM Reply Like
  • Terry330
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    Conservatives have cut jobs pay for decades, why not pay the workers a living wage.
    20 Aug 2012, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • davidbdc
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    $12 - $18 sounds like a living wage to me.

     

    And what exactly is a "living wage"?
    20 Aug 2012, 03:04 PM Reply Like
  • hermanbrut
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    Most of the posters here don't have a clue about California agriculture. Herr Hansa has it right. The unemployed live in the cities, far from the crops. They are unable to move to take on a temporary job. Plus the growers provide only substandard housing for temporary workers. Buses might be an answer. Also higher wages might attract more folks. But just saying people are lazy? That's just stupid.
    20 Aug 2012, 02:30 PM Reply Like
  • wapiti
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    People are lazy! If you don't believe me, come to the South and the innercities here. Stiing on the porches drinking malt liquor with flat brims and nikes
    20 Aug 2012, 02:39 PM Reply Like
  • Johann Galt
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    Not stupid, factual. Check the article: the farmer who left his crops in the field is in Ventura County. If you are geographically challenged, this means his farm lies within one hour of about 10 million people. Yes, I know, it's just stupid to think that folks without jobs, but who won't travel an hour to make $12-18 per hour, are lazy.
    20 Aug 2012, 02:41 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    The $12 to $18 in the article is for truck drivers. In California you need a license endorsement better than a regular driver's license in order to do that. The article indicates pay for farm workers at $5 a bucket for picking peppers. I still think buses would solve the problem, but the cost difference between charter buses and compensation for lost crops is probably what the farm owner is considering. Remember that other than the truck drivers, there are probably no W-2 forms, no withholding, and no payments to unemployment insurance. It's not a paycheck for picking peppers, it's cash.
    20 Aug 2012, 03:02 PM Reply Like
  • Terry330
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    Farmers want lose any money, they all are on federal welfare. Many get millions each year.
    20 Aug 2012, 02:47 PM Reply Like
  • emeryjre
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    Why would the long term unemployed be interested. A paycheck would foul up the food stamps, welfare checks, and Medicaid. And then when the job was over, they would have to spend hours reapplying
    20 Aug 2012, 02:53 PM Reply Like
  • Neil459
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    "Why would the long term unemployed be interested. A paycheck would foul up the food stamps, welfare checks, and Medicaid. And then when the job was over, they would have to spend hours reapplying"

     

    Most liberals and socialists don't understand 'cause and effect' so your going right over their head with your statement. While correct, your statement also misses the real issue. When I was young, children worked, I worked for almost nothing. So did all of my friends. Not any more, it is against the law. So young people no longer learn what it means to work and no longer take up menial jobs while they are learning. The effect is 'they don't learn'.
    20 Aug 2012, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • 481086
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    Neil, you're getting perilously close to a very inconvenient and very uncomfortable truth. It will of course be ignored.
    20 Aug 2012, 04:13 PM Reply Like
  • emeryjre
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    Here is a possible solution for the farmer.

     

    He/she finds out who are vendors at various farmer's markets in the area.

     

    Gives these vendors the opportunity to come in and harvest the product for a cash payment to the farmer. They will buy as much product as they have working capital to purchase or feel they can sell at the market.

     

    These vendors have the inititive to get out and work and make a profit on their labor and are not sitting around waiting for handouts.

     

    I try to buy their products every weekend for a variety of reasons.

     

    So maybe the farmer has become a little lazy in trying to find inovative solutions as well.
    20 Aug 2012, 04:30 PM Reply Like
  • youngman442002
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    "They are unable to move to take on a temporary job"....WHY?
    The answer is ..they are lazy and on the government teat....we need to cut off the teat...hunger makes people change their ways...some will riot....but some will get to work....the rioters will end up in a bad way....
    21 Aug 2012, 08:59 AM Reply Like
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