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Old 11-25-2008, 10:20 AM
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I have a question...

I'm not racist or anything even close, so lets not take it that way...


I've been noticing allot more "hispanics" or "mexicans" working for landscape companys inthe pittsburgh area. Brickman for one has nothing but, and its usually 4 or 5 guys in a truck. Also Beals has a few working for them as well. I was wondering if there is special "work programs" that allow these company's to hire these workers. A kid that used to work for me said that you can find them online and the way that it works is you cover their living expenses (house, food, some clothes, ect) and you only have to pay about $3 an hour per guy. They supposidly save up all of their money and send it back to the homes and families in other countries. I was just wondering if anyone has an idea on this because its almost impossible to find good help, and once i start expanding in the next year I plan on needing it.


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Old 11-25-2008, 11:26 AM
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my opinion is that they are good workers and will work hard for low/minimum wages.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:41 AM
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they are getting paid under the table.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:42 AM
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go to home depot and u will find ppl looking for work just ask around, are u willing to work today, and you could fine a full time helper there
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:46 AM
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Look into h2b programs , thats what your friend is talking about. You need to start early as there is a quota somewhere around 65,000 countywide.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:48 AM
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I have a question...

I'm not racist or anything even close, so lets not take it that way...


I've been noticing allot more "hispanics" or "mexicans" working for landscape companys inthe pittsburgh area. Brickman for one has nothing but, and its usually 4 or 5 guys in a truck. Also Beals has a few working for them as well. I was wondering if there is special "work programs" that allow these company's to hire these workers. A kid that used to work for me said that you can find them online and the way that it works is you cover their living expenses (house, food, some clothes, ect) and you only have to pay about $3 an hour per guy. They supposidly save up all of their money and send it back to the homes and families in other countries. I was just wondering if anyone has an idea on this because its almost impossible to find good help, and once i start expanding in the next year I plan on needing it.


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Federal minimum wage is $5.15 per hour last i knew. Many states such as CT have their own min wage at $7.65hr. Its is illegal to pay less than your states min wage and a state cannot have a min wage below the feds. I think what happens is you get one hispanic or mexican you get their family. Then before you know it you hve a company full of hard workers. Now with the econemy the way it is please hire american citezens! I dont care what color they are but i dont like non citezens taking jobs from honest people looking to feed their family.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:31 PM
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Do you speak spanish? Because that's all most h2b guys know. They might work hard but some don't listen and do more harm than good to the turf.
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:00 PM
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Most of the things said about mexican guys working for peanuts is a myth.

They are in much higher demand and paid much more than you would think.
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:13 PM
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I think you are required to pay the prevailing wage with the h2b program and demonstrate you couldnít get local workers to accept the job. So they probably are paying 8.50 to 10.50 an hour just be happy brickmens leaves the residential accounts to us cause with that cheap labor they could real cause us some issues.
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:50 PM
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they are good workers that work for low wages but i dont think it is right that illegal citizens are taking jobs from americans
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