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Work for the winter/ not for our company

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by FairwayLandscape, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. FairwayLandscape

    FairwayLandscape LawnSite Member
    from LI
    Posts: 46

    My workers are seasonal. This year 2 of my guys are going to have to work through the winter. Any ideas what they can do to make it through and get paid decently. Ps- they are American Citizens.
  2. Without A Drought

    Without A Drought LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    they can't collect? what i used to do was collect and find some part time job that paid cash, like a restaurant, or with a friend in the trades. now we plow, and do some low V lighting jobs, etc. one year we got a contract from Comcast to plow cable across a bunch of farms in western NJ.

    most people, properly motivated, can figure out something to do for 3 months.

  3. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,546

    Yea like he said also waiting tables can be easy money to help make it that is what my other half does.
  4. Without A Drought

    Without A Drought LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    yeah, for the most part i was looking more for something to do. one year i went to vermont and got on the ski patrol at stowe, another year i got a job on the groundscrew at a golf course in FL. none of them paid well (ski patrol was volunteer), UI paid the bills, and the rest was esentially booze money.

  5. chimmygew

    chimmygew LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 576

    My guys draw unemployment till next season.
  6. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Posts: 867

    So, about what does it cost you per man/month to pay the unemployment on your employees? Just curious because I know I will need full time employees next year, but I am worried about retention.
  7. sweatyclippingcoveredguy

    sweatyclippingcoveredguy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 183

    Temp agencies around here start at 10/hr. Mostly light industrial warehouse work.
  8. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,413

    mine also......................
  9. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    Back when I was unemployed during the slow winter months I'd dust off my hammer and nailbags and pound nails for contractor friends all winter long. There is always building going on, regardless of what the weather is like.
  10. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,196

    i do stuff during the winter that i don't have time to during the season. this winter i am planning to durn a drainage ditch into a dry creekbed, cut down some gum trees, prune some oaks, pressure wash several driveways, and construct several flower beds prior to sping planting. there is always work if you look for it.

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