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Monday, November 27, 2006

It's Like Magic!

Source: accessnorthga

Otis Graham once wrote...

Or, they might remind others that predictions of economic calamity in the event of the curtailment of access to a low-wage population have been made many times by those who use that labor. In the most important of such instances within the last century-slavery in the South, and child labor in industry-the economy adjusted nicely to the sudden need to get the work done by others.

I once wrote...

Well, this truly is a mystery, I was under the impression that losing our illegal workforce meant we would be living in stone huts and eating bugs. Turns out, we get raises, I'll be damned.

Ta-da!
Felons, homeless fill jobs left after immigration raid at plant

A south Georgia poultry plant is busing in felons on probation and homeless men to fill jobs left empty when federal immigration agents arrested illegal Mexican immigrants in raids two months ago.

Each day, about 40 convicted felons from the Macon Diversion Center are bused in to work at the Crider Poultry plant in Stillmore. Sixteen men from the Garden City Rescue Mission in Augusta have worked in the plant, and the mission is looking to send more.

Crider President David Purtle said that's just a drop in the bucket for a plant operating at 450 employees, less than half of the 1,000 workers there before the raid.

To fill the gap, Crider also has been outsourcing jobs in its raw deboning plant to Alabama, has raised wages to attract new workers and has turned to an outside company to hire about 100 cleaning workers. The plant has seen its processing slow down because of the smaller workforce, officials said.

Purtle said the company is also spending more on hiring _ paying to bus in the probationers, for example _ and on training, because many of the new hires have poor attendance and quit quickly.

Federal immigration officials began visiting the plant in May, estimating that about 700 workers there were using false identification. Many employees were confronted and fired. Some left on their own.

Over Labor Day, federal agents raided the plant and rounded up more than 120 illegal immigrants working at Crider or living in surrounding counties. Since then, residents say Stillmore's Mexican population has plummeted, leaving the plant with a huge labor gap.

Since the raid, at least two landlords who had rented to immigrants have put their properties on the market. Hispanic-run stores are also struggling.

"There's no people anymore," said Liliana Santos, a clerk at a downtown store stocked with Mexican fruit sodas and snacks.

Pastor Ariel Rodriguez said some people have gone back to Mexico, while the majority went to Kentucky, following a priest who used to live near Stillmore.

Since the mid-1990s, Stillmore _ a town of about 1,000, 178 miles south of Atlanta _ had grown dependent on the paychecks of Mexican workers who originally came for seasonal farm labor, picking the area's famous Vidalia onions. Many then took year-round jobs at the Crider plant.
To recap: Meat processor loses it's illegal workforce. What happens next? Did the plant close? No. So what happened?

Let's break it down...
Each day, about 40 convicted felons from the Macon Diversion Center are bused in to work at the Crider Poultry plant in Stillmore. Sixteen men from the Garden City Rescue Mission in Augusta have worked in the plant, and the mission is looking to send more.
Now that they no longer have access to low wage slaves they are forced to hire Americans -- and -- as a special added bonus Americans who they would normally overlook in favor of the invader class. That's win - win all day long.
has been outsourcing jobs in its raw deboning plant to Alabama...turned to an outside company to hire about 100 cleaning workers...the company is also spending more on hiring _ paying to bus in the probationers.
So the company was forced to be more creative in it's hiring, and Americans did exist to fill these jobs*?
raised wages to attract new workers
Shocker!
Pastor Ariel Rodriguez said some people have gone back to Mexico
As always, enforcement works. Yes I truncated the sentence, and yes many went to Kentucky. But if that option didn't exist? As it shouldn't?
Since the mid-1990s, Stillmore _ a town of about 1,000, 178 miles south of Atlanta _ had grown dependent on the paychecks of Mexican workers
Absolutely zero sympathy.

*If, as a business, you choose to locate yourself in a thinly populated rural area, it seems the height of arrogance to then whine about not enough people to do the work. Most meat packing plants used to be located near larger cities. The companies purposely moved them to more rural locations to pay lower wages. It was a choice. I believe the term is "you made your bed now lie in it, bitch!"

***UPDATE***

LoneWacko makes a good point here, he notes that Crider still isn't hiring regular folks, while I think offering felons and homeless folks jobs ain't a bad thing, the article does whine that thay are operating at half staff right now? Are there no regular, non-felonious, non-homeless people in Stillmore that might like a decent paying job?

Having worked in a jail I'm probably a little overly zealous on this point knowing how many folks cannot, for love or money, find a job after getting released from jail or prison.

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