I placed this ad on Craigslist.
“Professional roofer here, weeding out the career roofers from the day workers while its slow and the good guys are available. The following is a description of a professional roofer; have own transportation and valid drivers license, have a toolbelt equipped with a straight-claw hammer, tin snips, a utility knife, and a tape measure. If you tell me that you must be paid cash for any reason whatsoever, you are not a professional and I do not need you. Also, it is freezing out there right now, so if you do not have the proper outdoor gear you can not work. Must be a U.S. resident and/or legally able to work in the U.S. and provide proof. Probably a few gigs between now and April, then it’s off to the races. I will pay excellent money to the right skilled candidate. If this is for you, call 781-244-3317”
I got 19 calls in one hour. Called back 12 so far and theyre all family men with mortgages and more experience than me. All stating nobody will hire them for more than $15 an hour. 9 had trucks and enough equipment to start their own companies. Thats sad. The roofing industry is cutting its own skilled labor pool dramatically with these illegal workers in my area. At the current rate, without intervention, all the skilled workers are going to move on to other trades, and hacks are going to be very much the rule as opposed to the exception.
I refuse to contribute to this trend, but I fear there is only so long I can holdout before I too will have to move on. In conclusion, all of you in this to make a fast buck, I spit on you. In Massachusetts I will be lobbying tougher immigration laws.