Bob Brody, who has an apple orchard next door to Gebbers, says he thinks the visa system is too expensive, and the other alternative — hiring Americans — is a fantasy.
"They won't do it," he says. "Talk to any grower."You'll have to listen to the piece to get this next part: for some reason they chose not to print it:
In the last 10 years, Brody says he's had only one American ask for a job as an apple picker, and he wanted too much money.
But now, the pay is inching up. Like most growers in the region, Brody says he needs more workers. He's offering an extra dollar per bin of apples picked; in his productive Red Delicious orchards, he's offering $15 per bin. At that rate, a fast worker can make $120 a day.
Brody: "What I like about the Hispanics is they'll work 7 days a week, 14 hours a day if you ask them to. And not once have I had anybody bitch."
Bitch? What's to bitch about? Read further down the page and see what it takes to earn your $15:
The bin holds half a ton of apples...That's right. Pick a *ton* of apples... literally.. and they'll pay you $30.
This is how our slave class lives.
Lazy fucking Americans: welcome to your future.