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Response to hedgehog (Reply #38)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:15 PM

44. I'll try to explain...

Six guys pick say 14 tons, so that's $4200. But half of that goes to the "vineyard management company" , whatever the hell that is. Sounds to me like a 50% kickback of each worker's wages to some jobber.

Vineyard management is twelve months a year. Growing grapes is a science, not alchemy (well, maybe a bit of alchemy and luck).

So that leaves , $2100

Split 6 ways - $350.

Say it takes a week to complete the harvest - $2450 for a week's pay.

Our harvest took a month.

How many hours is that? I'm guessing 7 - 12 hour days of back breaking labor.

We pick around six hours a day. You can't pick fine fruit once the daytime temps kick in.

It comes with full dental and medical, right?

We cover any and all medical issues that arise (and they do, falls, equipment issues, snakebites, etc.).

It comes with a 401K, right?

Get real, it's farming, y'know.

BTW, what are those workers earning at your vineyard next month? $2450 sounds like a lot, but when it's the last big pay check for the next three or four or six months........

In years past, they made enough to support their families in Mexico until the next harvest

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