I live on the gulf coast of Mississippi. I have lots of certifications in business and insurance. I have worked in the business area in healthcare for the past 4 years. Recently the hospital I worked for announced they were closing. I know 4 years is not a long time to some, but I honestly thought I would retire from this job. Here I am 54 back hitting the pavement trying to find a job. I am already sick of filling out applications. I am even more disgusted calling about my own cell phone account and i end up talking to someone in Pakistan. How ironic that is, he has a us job in Pakistan, maybe i need to go to Pakistan or Jamaica to get a us job ????That just irrates me to no end. It's outrageous that these countries are taking US jobs, it's more outrageous this is being allowed. I guess it makes more sense to be unemployed so these greedy large companies can pay cheap labor and reap the benifits. Lets see....the consumer does not seem to be reaping any benefits from this...so where is the money going, my guess is to the over-paid executives. Greed greed greed. This country is going to become another Mexico, only two classes of people exist very rich and very very poor, so what happened to the middle class, the people who work their butts off to support their families........ they are no more they now fall into the class of the very very poor. So we are being squeezed out bit by bit. It would be nice to boycott any business who employs outside the US for US jobs, its becoming hard to find companies that are not. Mississippi is a "at will" state, for those of you who dont know what that is .......an employer can fire you and they dont have to give you a reason why. Oh usually if you go and fill out an application, you are asked to sign and acknowledge your understanding of this. Funny thing is if you dont sign, you wont get the job. Who in their right mind honestly agrees that anyone should be fired from a job without having to be given a reason why. This should have been abolished from the beginning of time. No one should have to sign this and everyone should be given the right to know if they get fired......why ???. Five years ago I had a job at an Insurance company, I felt sick one day never had taken a sick day before, told them i had to leave and they were mad because they have no one to cover for me. I came very close to dying that day, i had phenomia and didnt know it, I ended up being taken from ambulance and rushed to ICU. My life was spared, but when i recovered i was told i didnt have my job and they didnt give me a reason and didnt have to. I hate to think this is what i may face again. It surprises me that there is a society that protects and prevents cruetly to animals, which i am grateful for because i love animals. But there nothing to prevent this form of horrible mental cruetly to people, because "at will law" was designed for the business owner. Fortunately there are some companies who dont treat people this way. But for the companies who are not considerate and dont value and respect their employees they have this unfair law to fall back on.
In Oklahoma, the employers can fire you for any reason. I don't know if it is called the "at will law," but it is very unfair. In the 80's, during Bush Sr. Administration, I went up to Washington D.C. in an attempt to get some of the labor laws changed. I felt, if the employee had to give a two week notice when terminating his/her employment with the employer, the employer should have to provide the employee with a two week notice of termination before firing or laying-off the said employee. I met a lot of nice politicians and aides during my visit, but didn't get anything accomplished. What I should have done was collected several thousand signatures and confronted them with that. In the case of changing labor laws, I am afraid one person doesn't make a difference. Employers have a lot of leverage and influence and lobbyist in Washington, what else can I say. I would have walked right up to the White House and knocked on Bush Sr's door, but it is well guarded and I wouldn't have gotten very far, however I did knock on a lot of senators and house of representative doors, both democratic's and republicans, and met a lot of influential and politically powerful people. I brushed shoulders with Al Gore and met the senator from West Virginia. As far as businesses are concerned, it is very unfair to American workers that a lot of jobs are being outsource, but the companies are not doing anything illegal thanks to Ronald Reagan. I have 15 semester hours towards an MBA and have to say if I had a business and the profits were out there, I would go international too. I am looking into starting a business, both national and international, because I want to be profitable. The problem with where I am living is that Lawton has a very young median age and a very young, large workforce with an abundance of young job seekers. I really haven't met too many people in my age group due to going to college and focusing on my career, and I haven't taken the time to join any professional groups in order to network due to financial restraints. In essence, I am not very marketable due to the lack of professional associations. In Lawton it is "who" you know more than "what" you know. I know I didn't address all your concerns, but there is a web site, U.S. Dept of Labor, you can visit to find out what states are paying out in minimum wages. If they are paying low minimum wages, they are probably paying low wages in everything, in case you are considering moving to another state.