Ho hum, the Mayor's new mantra is Jobs. Always he starts off with Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Where ever he goes it is jobs because it polls well. He says jobs but what he really means is menial jobs not good jobs. He fired librarians and other workers doing meaningful things, people happy in their jobs, and replaced them with part time people with no job security. Carlos Gimenez is a GOOD job killer not creator.
People, don't get old you will be out on the street. You will have to then do the hiring of some young person to do your texting, as your arthritic hands will be too swollen to do much of anything.
Exactly what is a job? Most people spend more time at their job than they do with their families. What does this mean? It means a job can't only be about money because life becomes meaningless, especially when the job pays a wage you can hardly scrape by on. It has to be a job that gives one pride, accomplishment and self worth. I am sorry, most Mall jobs are not going to give you that. You might as well be invisible. Without some sort of training, technical or otherwise, you are headed for a shit mall job. So when Mayor Gimenez says JOBS: What he is really saying is shit jobs. He is not bringing in jobs that one cares to boast about to others. He is bringing in jobs that people are forced to take to survive. Service jobs like wiping the ass and diapering some old lady in a nursing home for $9 an hour. Have you every seen an old lady ass? I am still having nightmares having seen my mother-in-law's. It was frightening. So, I don't want to hear about jobs from Mayor Gimenez. He is not talking about careers, just illusions of $9 an hour windfall work that you wouldn't want to do on your worst day. And imagine doing it for about fifty years. And that is if you are lucky.
When Barbara Jordan questioned the owner of the American Wet Dream Mall about jobs, he was pretty honest WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW DAMN IT.
|Bored, wasted talent.|
|Faceless, unnoticed by everyone.|
|Store Clerk? She is there, all the way in the back on the right near the yellow shirt. She might as well be invisible.|
The Ghermezian Patriarch didn't promise 25,000 jobs at the mall he is building, as Gimenez wants you to think, somehow that number even got in the newspaper. Listen to how Ghermezian complains when the subject of jobs comes up. He says in relation to jobs, don't create any problems for me (Hit on the video).
In fact, in the contract to get the land, Ghermezian promised 12,500 (NOT 25,000) "part-time" and permanent jobs by 2030. That is 15 years from now folks.
Ghermezian did not want anyone looking over his shoulder to guarantee those jobs -- as Jordan was requesting. He got pretty excited about not guaranteeing anything about jobs. Nothing, nada.
Do we want these kinds of jobs for our County citizens? Most, Gimenez is talking about, offer no security, low pay, no self-esteem and no sense of accomplishment. And, let's face it, most of the better mall jobs are reserved for the young and attractive. What they do is, offer you an air-conditioned work space for an unspecified time to be bored out of your mind. Can't we do better than that? These are the type of jobs that cause our college graduates to flee Miami. Adding retail jobs is like telling college graduates that this place is not for you. Mayor Gimenez brags about cutting professional public sector jobs, jobs that require education and training and provide a career opportunity, while he goes about dumbing down our workforce. Expect the "brain drain" to continue to separate families as the "kids" seek greener pastures.
Adding to the brain drain, the County is now implementing succession planning for senior staff and they are bringing the replacements in earlier to train them. So lets say you are retiring in 2017, they are advertising your job now.
Other cities that increased their minimum wage are doing better than those that didn't. We fall down in every aspect of real jobs for real people that want to work and be proud of what they do.
Do you know where you can stick your job mantra, Mayor Gimenez? And as a former union man, now making hundreds of thousands of dollars, you have a lot of nerve criticizing unions. You should be ashamed. They provide dignity to a worker.
Don't be fooled again!
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