Sunday, August 20, 2006

Some people heading home

As a result of the dry conditions up in Wisconsin and northern Illinois, where local canneries grow their crops for processing, many of the migrants who came up north to work this summer are heading back. The crop yields are low, which results in fewer production hours. For many migrants, they have mitigated losses because they have a guaranteed 40 hours per week by contract. However, they are here to work 80 hours a week. 40 hours are insufficient to meet their needs while they are here and to save much. Some of the night shift folks have decided to pack up and leave this weekend. Also leaving this weekend are college and high school students who plan on attending classes this week. The migrant community is about to get smaller this season.
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