“You Can’t Get Help”.

Photographer: Grzegorz Krysmalski.

Photographer: Grzegorz Krysmalski.

Oh Trump, promising jobs, a better economy, oh my! People who truly bought that load of rotten tripe, I feel sorry for you, but only a little, because it didn’t take much to find the truth of the matter. Trump is known for providing jobs, he just doesn’t pay people. As for people who do get paid, well, most of them aren’t those uppity Americans who want a working wage.

As Donald J. Trump, the man who’s entire campaign was predicated on bringing American jobs back to America, vows to keep his promise to the people, a Virginia winery owned by son Eric Trump is petitioning to government for the opportunity to hire foreign workers, the New York Post reports.

The request, filed by the Trump Winery on Dec. 2 and posted online by the Department of Labor Wednesday, show that the Trump-owned vineyard is requesting six foreign workers under the federal H-2 program, a temporary work visa that allows US employers bring foreign labor.

According to the application, Trump Vineyard will pay the H-2 workers $10.72 an hour for 40 hours a week, as well as an unpaid lunch break. It will run from January until June 2017.

The winery also requested visas for workers in 2014 and 2015. This should not be a surprise, it came out, over and over and over and over and over during the endless campaign that many of the workers hired for various Trump enterprises were those dreaded illegal people, who were tireless and excellent workers, who also agreed to a lower wage. If you’re now angry, or feeling sorry for yourself, try to figure out why in the hell you ignored all this at the time.

Trump ran on a pro-worker populist platform throughout his campaign, and maintained that image despite numerous reports indicating the president-elect hires foreign workers at his establishments, including his Florida estate Mar-a-Lago.

A New York Times report published in February revealed the Trump Organization rejected hundreds of US applicants in favor of hiring foreign workers:

“[N]early 300 United States residents have applied or been referred for jobs as waiters, waitresses, cooks and housekeepers there,” the New York Times wrote. “But according to federal records, only 17 have been hired. In all but a handful of cases, Mar-a-Lago sought to fill the jobs with hundreds of foreign guest workers from Romania and other countries.”

“You can’t get help,” Trump told MSNBC’s Morning Joe in September, defending his company’s decision to hire guest workers over US citizens. “Getting help in Palm Beach during the season is almost impossible.”

You can’t get help. A full translation: you can’t get submissive help for cheap in the pool of American workers.

Via Raw Story.


  1. johnson catman says

    Willful ignorance. It doesn’t change reality to believe the bullshit though. Somehow, those most affected will blame “the liberals” or “the democrats” or even (their favorite excuse) Obama.

    If you have been following the NC HB2 story (I am sure you have), the republicans broke their promise to repeal the legislation. They inserted an poison pill to leave the effects in place for six months, and the dems said “NO”, so of course the repubs and McWhiney blamed the dems.

  2. says

    Johnson catman:

    If you have been following the NC HB2 story (I am sure you have), the republicans broke their promise to repeal the legislation. They inserted an poison pill to leave the effects in place for six months, and the dems said “NO”, so of course the repubs and McWhiney blamed the dems.

    Oh yes, I’ve been following. What a fucking mess.

    As for the people who bought that whole “jobs!” isht, I don’t know what it is going to take to wake them up to reality. At work, Rick is surrounded by people who bought that lock, stock and barrel. It’s not going to be pretty when the penny finally drops.

  3. says

    I have used H-2B visa to get work in USA sixteen years ago (how the time flies). I know quite a few people who did. The money we got paid was pittance when compared to US standards, but when we took it home, it became significant -- we were sorta like Twoflower arriving in Ank-Morpork.

    The jobs that were usually available were twofold -- sometimes locally were really not available people of sufficient qualifications (one of my friends landed a job as top IT admin), but mostly the jobs were dirty, messy, boring and unrewarding -- like dishwashing, housekeeping, groundkeeping, waiting etc. The resort even had housing facilities for temporary workers and to my knowledge they were full of foreigners, both legal and illegal. US-Americans could be counted on the fingers of one hand of a clumsy lumberjack, and they were mostly students.

    Judging by the way some of the native USAians looked upon us, they considered the jobs inferior and therefore considered the people doing them inferior. It was lost on them that many of the guest workers (including some illegals from Mexiko) had university degrees and higher educations than them. We were considered “so stoopid that we even cannot speak proper English” and the irony was lost on them that we knew already more languages than they did.

    We have similar phenomena now in Czech Republic with people from Ukraine. They try to get here to get jobs, any jobs. Often jobs the locals do not wish to do because they are low-paid and back-breaking. I see sometimes my fellow Czechs treat them with the same contempt and ignorance I and my friends were treated in USA. However unlike in USA our government recognized at least in part the social side of the problem and we had government-sponsored TV ads that explained to people that their janitor from Ukraine is not inferior just because she cannot speak Czech and might often have higher education than they think. I do not remember seeing anything of the sort in USA -- reminders that people doing your loundry are people.

    But what I am getting at is that foreign workers very seldomly steal jobs. They usually end up getting surplus jobs, the ones local people either are not really interested in doing or not capable to fill in on short notice.

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    I do not remember seeing anything of the sort in USA

    No, and you won’t. All the Americans who piss and moan about jobs mean very specific jobs, well paid, and not dirty, messy, boring and unrewarding. If every single person doing those jobs was disappeared today, you might have a sparse group of very poor Americans left, and that’s it. And there would be no one here willing to fill those jobs. Hypocrisy runs through every strata here.

    Back in SoCal, my friends and neighbours were Hungarian, fled, and came to the States. They were both eminently qualified in their fields (medical doctor and music teacher), but of course, their qualifications didn’t count here, so they worked as a hospital tech and a bank teller. So many days, Ildy showed up at my door, in tears, over how shitty her co-workers were treating her -- “can’t understand that accent” “your food smells funny” and so forth. Adults, pulling this shit. I started telling her what to say back, and it wasn’t long before she gave it right back to them, and they finally, sort of started treating her like a person.

    The shit in this country is neck deep.

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