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What and Where Has the Workforce Turned Into/To?

How do we fix the workforce dilemma sweeping the Hamptons?

With the 2012 summer season and the "opening" of the Hamptons, there is an air of uncertainty with myself, other restaurateurs, shopkeepers and business owners about the lack or outright absence of applicants and potential employees. Even with the residential population at a year-round status, it is not responding to the desperate need for workers. Then there is the "illegals" sector that any upstanding employer struggles with. Do I or don't I?

Another growing trend among business today is "importing" students with temporary visas and housing them for the summer. This seems like a captive audience type of thing, but then again desperate times call for desperate measures.

When I was young (still am at heart...lol), my parents had the talk on how I was going to be "responsible" for my dreams and desires of the summer season when there was the beach, movies, friends and good times. Even with the first car, I was taught that gas wasn't free. With college, I learned that money "didn't grow on trees"; especially for funding the pledging and "keg night." These were lessons I learned, and still today think create the work ethic and character of who we are.

I watch some nieces, nephews and friends' children with the iPhone, "Status" clothing, and "branding" of goods with no idea of cost or appreciation. There is no attachment to earning something outside the words "Mommy or Daddy." Don't get me wrong, while I am the favorite Uncle David in and around my family as I am known to spoil them...it always comes though, with a conversation of grades, friends and "responsibility" as I was taught.

We need to remind ourselves of the renaissance that creates character and strength from which makes this country great. Inspire others to grow and learn, offer opportunity, but most of all don't give it to them on a silver platter...tell them to go and earn it...tell them to go to work!

And that's the Last Bite.....

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justbreath May 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM
tell me WHERE the jobs are, I have a legal age child who has applied several place!!!
justbreath May 17, 2012 at 10:56 PM
POST ALL PLACES FROM MONTAUK TO PATCHOGUE LOOKING FOR WORKERS THAT ARE STILL IS HIGH SCHOOL!
Johndavid Hensley June 06, 2012 at 02:02 PM
JUST CAME FROM 7-11 IN SOUTHAMPTON WHERE I WAS APPROACHED BY 3 PEOPLE ASKING IF I HAD WORK IN MY RESTAURANT....WEARING MY CHEF COAT GAVE ME AWAY AS A RESTAURANT OWNER? PUUULEEEEEASE! ENTERTINING THEM I ASK HOW MUCH PER HOUR WERE THEY LOOKING FOR ...THEY RESPONDED $6.00 PER HOUR.....WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE ? THESE PEOPLE ARE KILLING THE BUSINESS AS I KNOW IT.......'NUFF SAID.....
Jaguar-Guy June 06, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Oh my gosh, "off the racks at Bohacks" - Classic !! Thank you for that beautiful memory . . . . And, we've all just dated ourselves - oh boy.
SCOTT June 06, 2012 at 05:12 PM
John should have then asked them if they have legal papers. Just left out there to get closer to the boarder but when I left I went down Hill Street and you could have had a major illegalization arrest party, everyone getting ready for Memorial Day for our Veterans all the lawns and high hedges being cut I remember it use to be me and the fellas from high school doing it, no more. Got my egg samwhiches and pizza and out for now.

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