Unemployment, Homelessness, $15.00 minimum wage & Retraining Programs

As our population increases in Texas, we need to create more jobs so that everybody that wants to work can work.

I think we can all agree on that.

However, when we let these companies send their jobs to other countries, it decreases the amount of jobs available here in Texas.

And when we let these companies import non-immigrant guest workers instead of Texans, it also decreases the quantity of jobs available for our fellow Texans.

Which forces more and more people onto State Aid, and eventually into homelessness.

If they were doing it to themselves, I would never mention it.

Like everybody else, before 2000 most people that were homeless probably had something in their character that put them into the position they were in, or so I believed.

But since the job market dried up for software developers like myself, and I have had to endure 5 years where nobody would hire me at any level, my eyes have been opened and I now realize that when we don’t have enough jobs to go around, somebody is going to lose and it usually is the older person, and our younger kids that have not yet acquired the skills that will keep them employed.

Overtime I became aware of the unemployment and retraining scam that our government operates.

The red line is where our government tells us unemployment is at and it is called the U-3, or official unemployment level.

The grey line is the U-6 unemployment line, which is the highest level that our government tracks.

The blue line is where an organization called shadowstats tells us unemployment is actually at IF we count those individuals who are not counted because they have gone past the U-6 level and are no longer counted.

I believe it is the most accurate count.

Now the same government agency that counts the unemployment numbers also offers a retraining section called the Trade Adjustment Assistance division.

The TAA Program seeks to provide adversely affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources, and support necessary to (re)build skills for future jobs. Any member of a worker group certified by the Department may be eligible to receive the following benefits and services at a local American Job Center: training, employment and case management services, job search allowances, relocation allowances, and income support in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA). Reemployment TAA (RTAA) and Alternative TAA (ATAA), which provide wage supplements for reemployed older workers whose reemployment resulted in lower wages than those earned in their trade-affected employment, may also be available.

https://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/about-us/

This all sounds great, doesn’t it.

We let our companies send our best paying jobs to other countries.

And then we let our government retrain those who lost their jobs because of this so that they can find better paying jobs.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Problem is, our best paying jobs are importing non-immigrant guest workers to take the remaining best paying jobs here at home which denies our citizens the ability to work in those jobs.

Where it reaches the “Seriously” stage is when the same government agency that tracks unemployment, offers retraining, denies you the ability to work for them because they hire non-immigrant guest workers can be seen here:

The non-immigrant guest workers shown in this report work at 200 Constitution Avenue.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Frances Perkins Building is located at 200 Constitution Ave NW, on the northeast corner of Constitution Avenue and 3rd Street NW in Washington, DC. The Visitor’s Entrance, referred to as the Fountain Entrance, is one block north of Constitution Avenue on 3rd Street NW at 3rd and C Streets NW. Due to limited parking in the area and traffic congestion, Metro is the easiest way to access the DOL Building.

https://www.dol.gov/general/aboutdol/visit

While I agree that we need to offer retraining when we allow our companies to send their best paying jobs to other countries, it doesn’t do any good when we allow our employers hiring here at home to hire non-immigrant guest workers instead of our unemployed fellow Texans, does it?

Speaking of retraining.

I myself have worked in technology all of my life.

Technology is the hottest field we have in America, yet I can’t buy an interview anymore, so around 2013, I participated in the VRAP program that the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs offered.

Sounds good, doesn’t it.

They will pay me to go to school, and they guarantee me in writing “Employment Assistance” If I graduate.

So I did.

But their idea of employment assistance was to hand me off to the Texas Workforce Center.

I will give them credit.

They tried, and they couldn’t understand why I couldn’t get hired.

I think Ron Hira in his book titled “Outsourcing America” said it best.

How do we train to do something else when we already were working in the most complicated industry that our country has?

Believe me, you will end up grasping at straws, and you will try things like this to get your political representatives to wake up.

And you will try and apply for every type of job that the Department of Veterans Affairs has all over the country hoping and praying that they will honor their promise of “Employment Assistance”.

Now there are a lot of people that think a $15.00 per hour minimum wage will solve these problems, and I disagree with them, not because I don’t think that our citizens need a minimum of $15.00 per hour to live on, but because as long as we allow our companies to send jobs to other countries, and import non-immigrant guest workers, it simply will only ensure that Texans are not hired and guest workers are because the guest workers are not aware of their rights and protections afforded them by our laws.

That said, lets see who would see a pay raise if we raised the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.

Look at the 2018 Hrly Pay column.

Anybody making less than $15.00 per hour would see an improvement if they still had their job after that.

Now there are many against that $15.00 per hour minimum wage and I think it is because they remember how it was in their “starter” job and do not realize that in our current economy, these so called starter jobs are the only jobs that they will ever be able to work in.

$15.00 per hour times 40 hours per week is $600.00 per week and after taxes, they might get $500.00 per week.

Multiply that by 52 and divide it by 12 and we get a monthly income of $2,166.67.

Rent can easily take up half of that.

I live as cheap as I can, but I do have a mortgage, and a car payment simply because my last car died on me and the only way I could buy a car was via a large car dealership who needed to sell cars.

this is what it cost me for the first half of this year, and I post it, because I want to know.

Do you really think that person with that $15.00 per hour minimum wage is going to be able to afford any of this.

How about we end these free trade agreements and guest worker visas so that we can put our fellow Texans back to work so that they can live their lives like you are doing?

I can only work to fix this if I have a seat at the table.