Due to the boom in industrial construction there is a high demand for skilled craft workers. An estimated 86,300 jobs will be needed in Louisiana by 2016.
John Pacillo, chairman of the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance board of directors, said the chemical and petrochemical plants will get built, either by Louisiana residents or people coming from foreign countries.
The big business community seems to be making its case to import low-wage, non-union workers to do our jobs.
In the end, all that the Louisiana people will be left with are the negative aspects of this boom. More pollution, more cancer and more illegal immigrants, all without us having benefited from decent wages and benefits that these jobs could and should provide to the citizens of this state.
If the business community truly believed in free markets (supply and demand), then why doesn’t it increase wages to lure new workers into the field instead of bringing in low-wage immigrant workers?
When market forces work in favor of big business in the form of increased profits, it worships at the altar of the free market economy.
When market forces increase operating expenses such as higher labor costs, it wants to rig the system.
The truth is that the labor shortage is the fault of business.
For years, industry has kept wages artificially low in the South, thanks to union-busting legislation like “Right to Work” and the wholesale use of illegal immigrant workers.
A true free-market capitalist believes that when demand exceeds supply, then the price must go up. This is how the free market self-regulates.
Anything else is just another cleverly disguised form of communism.
pipefitter, Local 60