Shortage Of Foreign Labor Forces Maine Businesses To Hire Local Workers

Howie Carr:

Businesses in Bar Harbor, Maine are turning to locals to make up for a shortage of foreign guest workers that normally fill summer jobs in the bustling seaside resort town.

Because the H-2B visa program has already reached its annual quota, Bar Harbor’s hotels, restaurants and shops can’t bring in any more foreign workers for the rest of the busy summer tourist season. Like hundreds of similar coastal resort towns, Bar Harbor has for many years depended on the H-2B visas for temporary workers. The program allows non-agricultural companies to bring in foreign labor if they are unable to find suitable employees domestically.  more here

15 Comments on Shortage Of Foreign Labor Forces Maine Businesses To Hire Local Workers

  1. Gee.I thought Americans didn’t want to do those jobs…….or perhaps it was just easier to do it with guest workers?
    I went on a road trip over the Fourth weekend, and was happily surprised to see that in the midwest, American teenagers weren’t afraid to work in the summer.
    (You can’t make the same blanket statement on the East Coast where I live.)

  2. This MAGA crap is getting out of hand. Pretty soon welfare and food stamp rolls will be in decline. Next thing you know, peoples votes will no longer be for sale.

  3. Poor Bah Hahbah. Poor, poor, poor rich peeps can’t get enough forners to work the jobs that (some) Americans are too lazy or self-important to do. Oh woe, Bah Hahbah.

  4. Not many immigrants working down here except for cleaning ladies in hotels, and yard men. That’s because the work is too much for the elderly.

    I’d love a job in a Coney Island restaurant because the tables turn over about every 20 minutes. Alas, that is one thing that hasn’t made it to southern Florida.

    Down here waitresses, check out girls, retail, employ mostly old people. Social security just isn’t enough.

  5. Lived there for a few years in Franklin but worked in S.W. Harbor. Beautiful area but economically very depressed. Lots of people needing work but the welfare system makes it easier to just sit back and collect. From what I see the present governor, Paul LePage, is doing a great job of getting people back to work. The H-2B program is a way for businessmen to get cheap labor. I think the Chamber of Commerce has become an enemy of working people.
    Lots of hard working people in Maine and I’m glad their children will get a chance to get some summer jobs.
    Now if they would just get rid of the useless RINO Susan Collins and Angus King is no friend of conservatives as well.

    O/T Having retired from active duty in Michigan I am happy about Kid Rock talking about a senate run against uber-liberal Debbie Stabenow.
    I see the daily beast, NY Slimes, New Yorker and others are already in damage control mode. Next election the news is already talking about a big shift to the left. Hmmmm, we took the house, senate and W.H. and next we are going to give President Donald J. Trump (I love saying that) the people he needs in congress to get things done. MAGA

  6. Comment I left at the site: Princess cruise lines stops in Bar Harbor, Maine once a week. Over 2,000 passengers off load to see the sites. Some enjoy a lobster meal. Go to the local high school or college and start there. Give the jobs to them first before bringing in foreigners. You all better pray that the $15/hr doesn’t hit your State, because you will be folding up your business, then you business owners will be looking for a job.

  7. If this keeps up, business, forced to pay a fair rate for labor, will turn on the real economic enemy that we all face: profligate, corrupt government.
    Won’t that be a refreshing turn back to the successful America of decades ago!

  8. Oh, the humanity! Next they’ll have to start hiring high school and college students. That could lead to a bourgeois Judeo-Christian work ethic and is probably a violation of the emanations and penumbras of the establishment clause.

  9. If I were the feds I’d try to find out why they hit a quota cap and then could still fill out their ranks from locals applying for the jobs. Take a few scalps from the business owners if they are found to be violating the hiring law. Make if very public. Bet you won’t hit the cap next year.

  10. @MJA; Very good point. That’s why they case the joints first to determine how many are on during their busiest time (maximum staff where you’re likely to find illegal kitchen help and illegal english speaking staff waitressing or bartending) and their slowest time (prep and cleanup time, where you’re likely to find low skilled illegals). Then pick some time to raid it and a few others. Whatever charges come from it have to be made very public though. Everybody around has to know that Joe Smith manipulated a government program to avoid hiring Americans. That’s the message you want to get across.

  11. It’s happening here in Guam also. The Governor is heading a lawsuit against the state department for not authorizing ANY H2B visa waivers. Phucking hilarious!!!!!

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