A few things should stick out to you. 1. You really believe that they only received 8 applicants? Where did they put their ads? We have over 40 thousand people without jobs and you believe they wouldn't apply for a job that pays over 14 dollars an hour? Yeah me neither. Oh sorry, since they will be hiring within US borders any Memphian will be paid less than those recruited from other countries. That should be the 2nd thing that stood out.
He stated it would be better if they did hire local workers and yet we give them less money. Interesting. Did you notice he 3rd thing when I questioned him about OSHA? His semantics stated that none of the workers here now have OSHA violations. That doesn't make me feel better about these people working on my power lines.
Well at the end of this meeting they are given 30 days to advertise and this is what they came up with.
The thing that makes this even worse is MLGW knew the whole time. They approved adding 5% to the contract for outside the country recruiting and get this...OBAMACARE. When asked is these employees receive healthcare while they are here, the answer was of course not. They are only here for 6 months. Well then why are we paying for healthcare?
Guys this is just the tip of the iceberg with MLGW. There is only so much the few of us can do. You have to step up and speak out. You cannot leave it to a few. There is strength in numbers and every single customer of MLGW has the right to speak out. So what are you waiting for? Don't use the excuse "they don't care what I say." You are 100% correct, they don't. But they will. If you continue to raise your voice, the voters that can make the change will hear you. That is who we are talking to here. We want them to know it doesn't have to be this way. There is a better person out there. MLGW president Jerry Collins is a Wharton appointee. So how do we fix this? Get the ones who can be the change to the polls.
It doesn't matter if you live in Collierville, Bartlett, etc you can make a difference. You can get people to the polls in September and October. You are an MLGW rate payer this is your business.