Two recent stories, highlight new, but perhaps not entirely unexpected, labor challenges in states that want to get tough with illegal immigrants. Namely, where are American workers?
There is this story Thursday From The Associated Press: Alabama’s immigration law was supposed to create farm jobs for unemployed Americans, but few of them have shown any interest since the measure went into effect. Many of the Americans who have ventured out into the fields to pick crops have quit after a single day, telling farmers the work is too hard and not worth the pay.
The agriculture industry suffered the most immediate impact. Farmers said they will have to downsize or let crops die on the vine. As the season’s harvest winds down, many are worried about next year.
And there’s this Oct. 5 story from the New York Times: Here’s the headline — Hiring locally for farm work is no cure-all. The story focused on a farmer in Colorado who cut back on foreign workers to hire more local ones.
Six hours was enough, between the 6 a.m. start time and noon lunch break, for the first wave of local workers to quit. Some simply never came back and gave no reason. Twenty-five of them said specifically, according to farm records, that the work was too hard.