Problems caused by the inability to bring in additional legal immigrant workers are exacerbated by American applicants who can’t be hired because they fail drug tests, don’t have driver’s licenses, or stop showing up shortly after being hired, local landscapers say.
- stop doing drugs
- get your driver’s licenses, or work permit
- come back to work
Their work can be hard and physical, the landscapers admit. Employees are outdoors under all weather conditions. Pay starts at about $13 an hour — well above minimum wage — which works out to $520 for a 40-hour work week.