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Monday, July 17, 2006

Jobs Americans Won't Do?

Source: NY Times
Agoura Hills, CA — The black Lexus stopped just yards from a large, shady oak tree, and eight copper-skinned Guatemalan men rushed over.

For a minute, the woman in the car and the men haggled feverishly before the Lexus drove off — without any day laborers to help with her gardening.

The woman had offered to pay $10 an hour, not realizing what she had stumbled into: the only day labor site in the nation that has set a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

At a few dozen other sites across the country, day laborers have set minimums, usually $8 or $10. But only at this corner in Agoura Hills, a well-to-do town 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles, experts say, have they been bold enough to insist on $15, nearly three times the federal minimum wage. Some laborers who are particularly skilled at plumbing or hanging drywall get $18 or more.

H/T immigration watchdog

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