American workers degraded; business prefers immigrants

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Contributed, Linda Hurst


I listened to a radio program, the “Laura Ingraham Show.” She interviewed Bob Funk, chairman of the board and chief executive officer for Express Employment Professionals. I had to endure the cruel words of his accusations stating that the immigrant worker is a better and much harder worker than the American worker. He said there are thousands of job opportunities that the American unemployed will not take, not only because they do not want them, but because they are unskilled.

This is just another slap in the face for the American workforce. First, we do not want to do the jobs, and now we are even too inadequate to do the jobs. It’s another unjust statement in order to continue justification for undercutting millions of jobs in order to keep low-wage hiring by greedy U.S. companies.

As I listened, I was reminded of the many home building construction sites and road repair construction sites, etc. that have a prominently immigrant crew and once the construction has been completed, there is often an immediate breakdown due to the shabby, inadequate work performance. A prominent American workforce crew will be brought in to repair and or replace the work site projects.

It is obvious that these greedy U.S. companies are paying far more for this low-wage hiring than if they were to hire the American workforce in the first place. Also I have to listen to the politicians suggesting bringing in the immigrant workers and providing them with schooling for all types of work skills because there is such a lack of skilled American workforce available. If the American workforce lacks working skills (as indicated by Mr. Funk and politicians) they should be the first in line for opportunities for schooling.

It is heartbreaking that there are too many politicians and businessmen who have been blessed with having a successful career and company, yet they are so selfishly focused on money and are willing to neglect our own citizens in offering them a livable wage in assisting them with their own success as well.

U.S. companies and politicians should “pay it forward” to this, our great country, that gave so much to them!

Linda Hurst

North Ogden

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