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  •  You renovate houses? (5+ / 0-)

    Then you should only need one "unskilled" person on the jobsite. A laborer. Even laborers need a few skills though, so really, there's no place for an "unskilled" person on your job.
    You complain that you train people and then they leave? Of course they do, since you apparently don't pay any sort of skilled labor wage. There's an old saying - "You get what you pay for."

    The money I lose training people who will never pay off for me will make my business unprofitable. I will be forced to stop fixing up houses.
    I've been in the building trades since the mid-1980s. I've worked both in and outside the union. Everyone I've ever met who had your business model didn't stay in business long.
    Maybe you should hire some union guys, they are trained.

    Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

    by Icicle68 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:09:20 PM PST

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    •  I know you want me... (0+ / 0-)

      ...to hire union workers. I often do.

      But what happens to the 19-year-old unskilled kids? They aren't in the union. And you've just priced them out of a job!

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