I am always combative when it comes to see you guys mumbling jumbling about illegal immigration. Stop diverting the topics to that tough subject because you may end up in my cross hairs, and it wont be funny. I may know a few things more than you, by own experience, not talking, but in real time:sweat_smile:
But I am going to tell you what I see. Lots of posting on FB about jobs cutting this, harvesting that and they are serious about offering big bucks to do the job. I see the guys complaining and stating they won't work for $11/hr. A competitive wage is $14+, cash. $11 with benefits through a union with "papers" are the norm. Some posters argue they need them ASAP but not enough applicants. Why?
I know also, a few companies in the valley hiring upwards of 1500 for a seasonal job, but they keep 500 permanently and I suspect most are illegal workers. I know also the crops are rotting, not enough people applying for the job, we lazy Americans, and fear of deportation and people leaving this racist country, it is a known fact.
I don't see In and Out, the burger place suffering. They pay $14.50 to start. And with the due respect, I think it is stupid to be arguing about if this much or that much is discouraging employers or not. If you want to make a buck, you enter the race or just shut up. By the way, I missed to copy and paste this article where hundreds if not thousands of chain restaurants are closing now or pretty soon, nothing to do with wages.
When it comes to automation, that's happening no matter what. I don't know if the government is giving incentives or not. If they do, and even if they don't, eventually your real estate in those areas is going to suffer when machines kick out the seasonal or permanent illegal or legal workers.
So, now you know why I said in the beginning it wouldn't be funny.