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Old 01-12-2010, 09:54 PM
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Anyone on here ever work for one of the following employment agencies:
Labor Ready
Labor Finders
Able Body Labor

If so, did you enjoy your job?
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:22 PM
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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Default Labour Ready started the whole idea

in Tacoma, no less. Figures.
On call or day labour started in the early eighties (formally, anyway) in an American economy that was starting to really boom and needed a lot of bodies. In THEORY, it's like a hide-a-bed; a great idea in theory and a disaster in practice.

You have a short term large order, so you split your experienced people in manuf. into two shifts, call in a few bodies, and rock until the order is complete. The bodies then move on, and you're back to normal.

In 1997 I wrapped a business and was actually the first industrial reg. worker for a tremendous personnel company named Drake. Had a ball; different companies, different things to do; if it had paid a few dollars more I'd have considered it a career.

Then, of course, someone had to spoil the fun. Along came low ball outfits like L. Unsteady, WorkFarce, and ran the idea into the gutter, dragging us all in with everyone else. I've enough to right a book. Temporary labour is designed for a hot economy but it's now used as a union buster and keeps wages low, and lower.
And that's everywhere.
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