MMT 23 Oct 50 pg 4

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MMT 23 Oct 50 pg 4 - 00 50 in K"-i in 5 Haw-ley, In to of ! MAIL...
00 50 in K"-i in 5 Haw-ley, In to of ! MAIL TRIBUNE The Seasonal Recent conferences on the question of maintaining maintaining a sufficient migratory labor supply to meet seasonal seasonal needs in the west's agricultural areas have served only to point up the growing seriousness of the labor shortage and the difficulties faced in trying to solve the problem. THERE apparently is unanimous agreement that with the defense program taking more and more labor out of the floating or seasonal market, Oregon cannot expect to get the usual 15,000 to 30,000 migrants migrants needed to help harvest fruits, vegetables, hops and other crops dunngs the summer and fall. In the Medford pear growing area those who know say it is absolutely essential to have at least some outside help during the peak of the fruit harvesting harvesting operation. There has been good cooperation from school officials in delaying the start of the fall term to enable local youngsters to help in the fruit, and there is good cooperation by permanent residents who add to their income by giving a helping hand in orchards and packing plants. But when the heat is on, it takes more manpower than can be mustered at home. COMETIMES only a few hundred outside hands may be needed to get the harvest over the hump. Failure Failure to get that much needed extra help can spell the difference between profit and loss for some growers. It can also spell the loss to the consuming public of much valuable food. ASA MEANS of making farm labor more attractive, " inclusion of farm workers under the minimum wage law, their eligibility for unemployment compensation compensation regardless of how long they may have resided in a state, extension of social security and other bene fits are urged by some employers and state and federal federal officials interested. "NE SIDE of the economic problem involved in car-inp- car-inp- car-inp- car-inp- for mi crania was set forth bv Miss Loa How ard, Oregon state public welfare administrator, at a conference on the subject in Portland. Such workers draw approximately .15200,000 a year from the state for emergency relief assistance, said Miss Howard, the total making a heavy drain on welfare funds. 4 "NE MEDFORD grower who has had considerable experience with migratory labor is of the opinion that importation of Mexican nationals or possibly Japanese, Japanese, under strict contract and government supervision, supervision, is the only way to insure help when help is vitally vitally needed. He points out that efforts of hard-pressed hard-pressed hard-pressed Medford growers to recruit labor in California in years gone by have brought Representatives sent of the sister state have been threatened with bodily harm, their cars have been wrecked and such men as they have succeeded in bringing back to the Rogue valley usually stayed only a few days. Most of them just came for the ride, apparently. California farmers have their own labor shortage in the harvest montns and their aversion to outsiders trying to entice workers workers away can be understood. , THE MEDFORD grower mentioned has also found fVinf oli'ona oniVs ia TVTovii'iiic f n inetanno wtin come into this country under agreement between the United States government and his own government, and under contract with employers, are the only ones that an employer can be sure will stay until the contract contract is fulfilled The American worker, tion, as many in California are, or of other blood strain, likes to feel footloose and fancy free and despite despite any inducements which may be offered, such as igoocl housing, is just as apt as not to pack up and ! move on in the midst of the busiest time of year. As the local irrotvpr American should be free to go and come and to work or not, as he pleases, but it sure makes it tough sometimes sometimes for the employer. It is this principle of Ameri can freedom which would to institute a mobile land army that could be moved from place to place, such as has been suggested by an employment service official. THE USE of Mexican 1 fairly well in the past, the greatest objection to them being that so many dislike to return to their na tive land when their contract period is up. The immi gration service is just now completing a roundup of "wetbacks" Mexicans in this country illegally, THE QUESTION of what type of migrant labor is the cheapest for the employing grower does not enter into the matter, except indirectly. All must be paid at the going rate, whatever that may be. In the case of the workers who become indigent for one reason reason or another, mostly because of their noinadic way of life, for part of the year, there is also an outlay for relief, as Miss Howard points out, but this cost is shared by all taxpayers. ' If the taxpayers could be spared part of this burden burden by importation of aliens to do the seasonal work while our homegrown migrants find steady employment employment in defense work, it might be a good thing for all concerned. E.C.F. Mcnda?. Ortobe IS. 1(30 Labor Problem mostly grief. into migrant labor centers be he of Mexican extrac pxnlrtinerl. hp hplipves anv make difficult any attempt nationals has worked out -

Clipped from Medford Mail Tribune23 Oct 1950, MonPage 4

Medford Mail Tribune (Medford, Oregon)23 Oct 1950, MonPage 4
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