Vanessa A. Rus: Let’s stop outsourcing our local jobs
June 29, 2011
To the Editor:
Recently, my husband was looking for another job while the tourism season was slowly picking up from his current job. One of the things that I found rather upsetting is that many of the restaurants and eateries in Grand Lake (where we live) have already been filled with applications from Romanians since January 2011.
Here in Grand County, jobs are scarce enough as it is. When you have locals who are looking for jobs, only to be turned away by the fact that those restaurants and eateries are having their positions filled by Romanians, is truly upsetting to me. We have enough locals vying for jobs to feed their families, and we’ve got those from other countries getting the easy pickings whilst my husband has to be turned down due to having those positions filled by foreigners.
Why is this the current state or policy in Grand Lake and possibly Grand County itself? When you have locals or natives of Grand County being turned down by restaurants and eateries who’ve employed foreigners to fill their once “open’ positions, wouldn’t that seem rather cruel, insensitive and downright ill-mannered to turn down your own neighbors or friends from Grand County looking for jobs to feed their families or themselves?
Why don’t we hire our own locals and natives for these positions instead of turning them down due to using people who are not local and who should probably consider staying where they’re originally from so those who’ve lived here their whole lives or for a decent amount of time can be given the opportunity to work for some of these places.?
To me, it’s saddening and downright pitiful. It’s nothing more than outsourcing, and I think that is the last thing we need in a small county when we’ve got it all across the United States.
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