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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:16 PM
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School gets 700 applicants for (one) janitorial job
Source: AP

Saturday, March 7, 2009
School gets 700 applicants for janitorial job
Associated Press


MASSILON, Ohio -- Evidence of the slumping economy is stacking up at an Ohio school which has nearly 700 applications for one open janitorial job.

Officials at Perry Local Schools near Canton in northeast Ohio say they've extended the deadline until Monday to accommodate the overwhelming response to the week-old posting.

The full-time position at Edison Junior High School pays $15 to $16 an hour plus benefits.

Superintendent John Richard says many applicants are laid-off workers with heart-wrenching stories about the tough economic times.

Read more: http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090...
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Danmel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:21 PM
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1. How depressing
Everytime I hear Eric Kantor or Mitch McConnell or those stupd talking heads saying we need to freeze spending and do nothing, I want to just have the power to make them have to live the lives of all the people they've screwed over all these years and then blame for the mess we are in. It is scary out there.
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bulloney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 03:20 PM
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3. Yeah. And McConnell and his wife are both government employees.
What's with these Republicans. They go all over the place and denounce living off the taxpayers, and they've done it for most or all of their professional lives.

Phil Gramm is another example.

Hypocrites!
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jkappy Donating Member (214 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:39 PM
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2. Crossing Guard Positions--Long Waiting List!! n/t
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ReliantJ Donating Member (680 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 03:32 PM
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4. The waiting list has a waiting list
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 03:46 PM
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5. i hope they plan to do a lottery
so everyone has the same chance at getting the job.
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Myrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:16 PM
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6. ... and another residual effect of this ...
... is that businesses are now going to be able to low-ball wages because people are so desperate they'll take anything in alot of cases ... so whatever progress the labor movement has made on that front recently, is gone. Sigh. :(
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:00 PM
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7. Thank you, Republicans and Republican wannabees.
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:16 PM
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8. 140,000 people applied this winter for a casino yet to open in Allegan county Michigan.
Wait for it, the 140,000 applied for 1500 jobs.
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:27 PM
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9. It's Public Employment
This means there is typically more job "security" and better benefits than in the private sector. That explains the high number of applicants.
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:30 PM
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10. No such thing as job security in these times.
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Confusious Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:52 PM
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11. When, in the past thirty years, has there been job security

because I haven't seen it.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 11:53 AM
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16. In the last 30 years, never. No job security. Only an illusion of job security in some
places. Self employment is the only way to ensure you won't be fired. However, it does not ensure steady income. And, you don't get to collect unemployment if work is slow.
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:16 PM
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13. Believe Me, I KNOW Firsthand
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 09:17 PM by tonysam
there's no "job security" in public employment any more than in private employment, but the fact remains the benefits and retirement are far better in general than in the private sector.

THAT'S why there are hundreds and hundreds of applicants for this job. Applying for public jobs is ALWAYS highly competitive; janitorial jobs are no exception.
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:58 PM
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14. Then explain the 140,000 applications at the new casino in SW Michigan.
It's called twenty percent unemployment.
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:11 PM
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12. I heard this morning on the local news....
It's so depressing, things are so bad here.
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KillCapitalism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 12:44 AM
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15. That's actually a pretty good job in this economy.
$15-$16/hr. + benefits is not bad at all.

Most jobs listed in the newspaper around where I live are $9-$10/hr. with little or no bennies.
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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 11:58 AM
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17. (Cleveland) Janitor's job attracts nearly 700 applicants
Source: wkyc

STARK COUNTY -- When a job for a full-time custodian opened up at Edison Junior High School near Massillon, Barry Mason expected a "pretty good response."

But the avalanche of applications Mason, the director of business operations at Perry Local Schools, received after the $15.37/hour job with benefits was posted in local newspapers has been a real eye opener on the economy in Stark County.

"Six hundred and sixty seven (applications) at the close of business on Friday," Mason said. "At that rate, we're thinking that what comes in over the weekend and Monday that we're on pace to be between 700 and 800 (applications)."

Stark County is dealing with double-digit unemployment. Nearly 20,000 people or 10.4 percent of the county's workforce was unemployed in January.

"As I walk through the reception area and see some of the individuals coming in and out of our office," Mason said, "it struck me that a number of folks were in their late 40's, to even 50's and 60's that were coming in and applying for this position."

Read more: http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/news_article.aspx?storyi...
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 11:58 AM
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18. But, but, but, aren't those the jobs
that Americans don't want to do, so employers have no choice but to use immigrants/undocumented workers? :sarcasm: :sarcasm:
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 11:58 AM
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19. 15.37/per hour isn't bad for unskilled labor and probably solid school-system
benefits--I am not surprised.
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