It’s about jobs, stupid!

May 18, 2005

We are losing high paying jobs at an alarming rate. Solutia and International Paper have had several large layoffs – and there will be more. BRAC will cost us nearly 1600 high-paying positions.

Whose job is it to find better jobs for this community? The Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce.

What kind of jobs are they finding for us? Call service centers.

How many UWF & PJC students can’t wait to graduate so that they work on phone and in windowless office? None.

Who is holding the Chamber accountable? Don’t know – other than our paper.

Maybe we should give someone else a turn at it. Escambia County’s average hourly pay is a dollar less than other workers across the state and $2.50 less an hour than the national average.

The Escambia County Commission needs to evaluate its financial relationship with the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce and openly discuss whether its time for a change on the economic development front.

I want my kids to live and work here after they graduate – but if all we have to offer them are jobs answering phones or waiting tables, then it won’t happen.

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2 Responses to “It’s about jobs, stupid!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    As long as the citizens of Escambia continue to elect persons with business backgrounds (business owners) we will all have to live with sub-pare wages and benefits. Think about it, if you are a business leader-owner, do you really make an effort to attract higher paying jobs into the area that your workers come from? Are you really going to cut your own profit margin by allowing a higher paying company to steal your low wage workers?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    SOMEONE NEEDS TO LOOK INTO WHICH REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN OWNS A LOT OF PROPERTY NEAR WHITING FIELD AND FIND OUT THE REAL REASON THIS BASE WASN’T CLOSED. CLOSING IT AND PENSACOLA NAS WOULD SAVE MILLIONS IN TAX DOLLARS. THE ECONOMY OF THESE TWO AREAS WOULD GROW WITHOUT THE MILITARY, LOOK AT CECIL FIELD. TIME TO MOVE OUT OF THE MILITARY MINDSET AND DEVELOP THE WATERFRONT WHERE PENSACOLA NAS IS.


  3. Losing jobs is a national problem. Businesses are no longer run by experts. They are run by accountants who see wages and benefits as something to get rid of. Moving manufacturing to foreign soil and buying what gets made (even if made by sweat shops and child labor) is just fine as long as nobody gets caught. The Chamber of Commerce might be able to do more, but they won’t be able to solve the problem when businesses are working overtime to get jobs overseas. The process could back fire IF more people succeed with the small businesses in lieu of corporate employment. A nice thought whether it works or not.

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