Picking Apples And Other Washington Jobs

Hi folks:

A few people are hitting this website looking for information on the apple picking jobs here in Washington state.

Can’t say I blame you. I found a ton of articles, but figuring out how to get the actual work took some digging. It’s almost like they’re saying “We’re DESPERATE for people to work…but only if you can crack the code and find the buried treasure!”

Here’s the link for the apple picking openings if you want to look at it: http://www.wa.gov/esd/farmworkers/farm_jobs.htm

This got me thinking: since the economy is as messed up as it is, I should post other jobs at least once a week. So from here on out, Thursday shall be jobs day here at Your Info Linc.

Let’s get it rolling!

Here is the City of Seattle’s job site: http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/default_neogov.asp

If you want to work for an LGBT rights organization, look here: http://lgbtjobs.org/

Here’s Wenatchee World’s online classifieds: http://jobs.wenatcheeworld.com/

A list of temp agencies in Washington State with online work listings: http://www.washjob.com/empaglz.htm

Rat Race Rebellion has verified online and freelance work opportunities: http://ratracerebellion.com/

Tired of slogging through Craiglist? Search it instead!! http://www.allofcraigslist.com/

 

That seems like a good start, hope it helps someone!

Washington State Wants You to Pick Apples

According to this article, the fruit industry in washington state is in trouble because of  immigration crackdowns. It’s getting to the point where farmers are offering *gasp* halfway decent wages for pickers! In some spots, the pay is still hovering around minimum wage with little to no housing provided. Other farms are going as high as $30/bin (totaling incentive pay) and adding housing to the mix.

I find this part of the article interesting:

“The governor returned home Friday after leading a 15-member delegation of farm group representatives to the nation’s capital. They urged members of Congress to oppose a Republican bill that would force employers to use a federal database called E-Verify to determine whether their employees are eligible to work in the United States. Gregoire criticized anti-illegal-immigration rhetoric prevalent in Washington, D.C., saying Congress should instead be focused on ways to get more foreign workers to help with harvesting.”

This bothers me for two reasons:

1) It confirms, in my opinion, that the unstated reason wages for picking are going up is because farmers know they have to make it worthwhile for WHITE PEOPLE to do this job.

2) By asking Congress to bring in more foreign workers, I believe Gregoire is saying, in that coded way white people do when we talk about race, that our lawmakers should know by now that “certain (white) folks” are just not going to do some jobs.

Continue reading