Monday, Nov 02, 2009

U.S. citizens are joining immigrants in store parking lots

Las Vegas Sun: The new faces of day labor

In the latest sign of the Las Vegas Valley’s economic free fall, U.S. citizens are starting to show up in the early mornings outside home improvement stores and plant nurseries across the Las Vegas Valley, jostling with illegal immigrants for a shot at a few hours of work.
Experts say the slow-starting but seemingly inexorable trend is occurring nationwide.

Posted by mark @ 11:01 AM (1101 views)
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1. mark wadsworth said...

I once read a fascinating article about these informal labour exchanges.

Basically, building companies and people looking for work agree certain particular benches or bus stops where they will meet up each morning. Quite why one particular bench or bus stop is chosen is a mystery, but once workers now that builders will drop by and pick a couple of people they gather there; and once builders know that workers will gather there, they drop by if they need a couple of bods.

There used to be one at the end of my road, every morning there'd be three or four East European types with workboots sitting there, and every now and then a van would stop and one or two of them would jump in. I've not noticed them for a while, so maybe the new meeting place is somewhere else.

Monday, November 2, 2009 12:06PM Report Comment

2. mark said...

wonder when we will see british people doing the same in their local B&Q

maybe outside tescos unemployed chefs offering to cook your food for you..

Monday, November 2, 2009 12:21PM Report Comment

3. happy mondays said...

Friends of mine have just return from an American road trip, they tell me that LA was tent city on the way in & on the way out the other side..There American friends were not to keen to stay there to long, with a couple of limey tourist !

Monday, November 2, 2009 12:31PM Report Comment

4. icarus said...

Never mind. The US is out of recession, innit?

Monday, November 2, 2009 01:24PM Report Comment

5. crunchy said...

4. icarus

Viva Las Vegas where the rent is free and the living is open plan, no water rates is a real plus. With the additional 24 hour entertainment

thrown in at your doorstep this post recession opportunity is too good to miss. There is always another story behind the glitzy headlines.

With a "mobile" population I see things going from bad to worse in the US. California may be better.

Monday, November 2, 2009 02:00PM Report Comment

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