The president of a Kentucky window company where 15 immigrant workers stayed away from the job last week as part of the national “Day Without Immigrants” protest says he’s already replaced ten of the employees. He also said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll let any of the others return to work.

“Those employees represented nearly 100 years of experience,” said Frank Anderson, president of Sun Windows in Owensboro, Ky., which has about 80 workers. “Even though they were about 20 percent of the workers, they probably did 25 to 30 percent of the work. The remaining workers who picked up the slack were pretty frustrated. If you’re busy and you’re making commitments to customers and you’re missing 30 percent of your workforce, you’re going to need to replace them. And to try to replace those 15 with the years of experience they had, you’re probably not going to find 15 who can replace the amount of effort and expertise that you’ve lost.”

Anderson also said Sun Windows has interviewed “hundreds” of potential employees since the protest.

“We’re working with every staffing service in the region,” he said. “We’re going through a pretty extensive interviewing process and hiring at a rapid pace.”

A source in the industry told DWM that several other window companies in the eastern half of the country experienced walkouts but they’re reluctant to talk about them for fear of crackdowns from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“No one wants the publicity because they don’t want (President) Trump to send his team in and check everybody’s identification and potentially deport them,” the source said.

Last week’s “Day Without Immigrants” protest saw thousands of foreign-born laborers across the country stay home from their jobs for one day to demonstrate the important role that  they play in the U.S. economy.

Across the U.S., at least 100 workers who took part in the “Day Without Immigrants” protests lost their jobs, according to a report from NBC News.

The one-day boycott had the potential to shake up many industries. According to statistics from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, roughly seven million immigrants are members of America’s blue-collar workforce, which includes manufacturing and construction jobs. Immigrants make up 22.3 percent of the American working class.

Additionally, a December 2015 study from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that immigrants are 1.2 times more likely than native-born workers to be employed in manufacturing. Nationally, immigrants make up 10 percent of the manufacturing workforce. They’re about 14 percent of the manufacturing workforce in Kentucky.

2 Comments

  1. Wait. What? You mean actions have consequences?

  2. The demonstration proved the point about how dependent USA is on inported labour.

    It is a worry that so many employers have been frightened to admit it.

    This is not a good sign. USA is starting to look like a return to McCarthism.

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