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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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Sally May 15, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Yes, where is everybody??? We need staff!
David D'Agostino May 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Folks out here would like to believe that undocumented workers are "stealing" work from legal residents, but that assertion could not be further from the truth.
Johndavid Hensley May 16, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Dear Sally Where are you located? There is the Suffolk County Community College Restaurant program that has great,young,ambitious students that are looking for work.....
Johndavid Hensley May 16, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Good Morning David, It seems to be a double edged sword with the work/labor issues plaguing the East End.On one side we have undocumented workers flooding the market and driving down the wages scale,and on the other we have local people who have to make a certain wage to support their lives.I have not seen nor heard a viable solution to help both side come to terms.Either way from both sides of any story,there is a certain level of truth.....I hope and pray we keep the spirit that has made the American dream great from the beginning, available.
baysquad May 17, 2012 at 01:58 AM
yes it is true - people, especially teens & young adults are not interested in working for a pay check. Many feel they are too good for certain types of jobs and think they should step into a big time, decision-making position. No one wants to just be the bus boy or start from the trenches and work their way up the proverbial ladder. We all can't be the boss. Many want the fast fix. The big payday. The hand out. The free ride. Remember as kids, we would go around looking for yards to mow, leaves to rake & snow to shovel? I remember babysitting full-time for a full summer to save enough money for a 10-speed bike & a pair of leather Nike sneakers because my parents definitely were not about spend $25 for a pair of sneakers. yes, Nikes were that cheap way back then - and those were the expensive ones. But, I wanted that bike & those sneakers in the worst way and I devoted all I had to save the money for it. I remember the thrill when I finally got both of those things -- all on my own. I used to wash & wax the bike - a metallic, baby-blue Mikado 10-speed Touring bike. Sweet. Greased the chain & gears regularly. Those sneakers, I used to clean them and used white shoe polish on them to keep them new looking. I was 14 or 15 at the time.
baysquad May 17, 2012 at 01:59 AM
2 parts as it was too long -- sorry I find it shameful that I, now being in a wheelchair, have to shovel my own snow, mow my own yard, paint my own house because teenagers can't be bothered with such labor intensive tasks or demand a ridiculous amount of money to the job. They refuse to work for minimum wage -- which by the way is more then enough for a young person who lives at home with little to no real expenses like rent, food, utilities to pay. When I was a kid minimum wage was $2.45 and eventually went up to $3.10 an hour. The next generation of workforce, unfortunately, is lazy. Although I am totally against hiring 'illegals', they work their asses off & bring back the 'an honest day's work for an honest day's pay' idea. They want to work -- at anything - simply to be successful in America. It gives me many a thought in knowing that's what my grandfather & great-grandparents did when they came to get a piece of the great American pie.
Bree Hughes May 17, 2012 at 01:04 PM
The problem here in New York is the less you work the more you get from the government. Some would seem to believe it is unfair to have to work when they could just as easy sit at home and get welfare, food stamps, and section eight. I work 40+ hours a week, as well as my fiancee, just so we can support our son and we still have to live with family because financially we can not afford to pay for an apartment that will fit our needs.
Hazel Wilkonson the First May 17, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Yeah, someone would rather try to feed their family on $32/week in food stamps rather than have a job.
Wilbur Freewright May 17, 2012 at 01:17 PM
This is so wildly untrue, why would you write it? Living with family is a far cry from not working just to be on the dole, as you mistakenly believe that it pays you more. Be thankful there is a family that will take you into their home.
Hay Farmer May 17, 2012 at 01:21 PM
American children are lazy. They sit on their fat arses next to their fat parents and watch TV, eating everything in the fridge; only to get fatter. There's your labor problem...laziness. Any wonder why we see so many industrious South American workers in our restaurant staff positions. Most have better attitudes, a big smile and willingness to do more. If they take your job, you might want to look into the mirror and ask some radical questions of yourself, such as, "How can I be better?".
Bree Hughes May 17, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Because unlike you, I know people who are proud to sit there and take the government money and even boast about it. I had a guy come up to me at my work and tell me I was stupid for working because he made more on unemployment than I made working. If you seriously think that all they get is $32 dollars you are stupid. The girl who I know gets over $180 a week in food stamps plus she gets housing, and cash supplemental. You honestly think she wants to go and work when she hasn't held a job for more than a month because she can get all of it for free. I know another family who plays the system so that they work a part time job 6 months a year and collect government assistance all year round and they have been doing it for 30 years. Tell me how I am lying! These are all people I know!!! It is bull! I don't live with my family so I don't have to work, I live with family because I can't afford to live else where, due to the limited housing and rentals going to Section 8 because if they damage the house the government will reimburse the owner. I would not mind paying for some one who needs help if they are working but I know to many people who would rather do nothing than work, go to school, or do anything to better them-self.
highhatsize May 17, 2012 at 06:39 PM
to Bee Hughes: $180/w. ($720/mo.) in food stamps! Please elaborate.
Bree Hughes May 17, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Pregnant female 2 kids family of five no adult working
Hazel Wilkonson the First May 17, 2012 at 08:52 PM
And based on that one family (your numbers, by the way, simply do not jive with current maximums) you are willing to make a blanket statement about all out of work people? You should be ashamed
SCOTT May 17, 2012 at 09:50 PM
David I agree just Ms Napolatano she said the boarder is secure, to back it up look at the 40 headless bodies they found the other day
SCOTT May 17, 2012 at 09:54 PM
I should just say concur, my mother came home one time with sneakers from Bohacks yes they were Bohack Addidas.
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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