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    in Texas, I'll say this: It's not an easy job. For the framing contractor, the goal is to take a stack of lumber and nail it together into a house.
    Like that.
    It's not a welcoming place for people who are worried about messing up their manicure or who are oriented toward pencil-pushing.
    In the evening, after a full day on a hot, curing, freshly poured slab in the baking Texas heat, or in 10 deg wind chill winds in the winter, it's hard to go home and have the energy to do a bunch of paperwork.

    The burden is even greater for undocumented aliens, who are indifferent or downright phobic about "documents" in the first place.

    Facilitating the accounting/documentation side of the job for subcontractors is actually a good opportunity for entrepeneurs, if our elected leaders decide to reform the system.
    It's also a way for the weakened trade unions to get back in the game in the right to work states. Find common cause with the subcontractors and offer them services and support.  

    The ones who are really profiting from the abuse and from the undocumented employment are the developers, bankers and big builders. They're the ones that created the system. Punishing the little guys won't fix the problem in the long run.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 06:27:56 AM PDT

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