Local Business owner hits the streets, trying to find employees who are willing to work
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – A local construction company owner is hitting the streets to find employees who are willing to work.
Co-Owner of chattanooga roofing contractors, Scott Schrader can be seen on the corner of McCallie Avenue and Bailey Avenue with a cardboard sign begging people to work.
Schrader says the construction business is constantly growing but the number of employees has done the opposite.
According to Schrader, prospective employees say they aren’t willing to do the work that’s required to get paid because of how much they are making in unemployment benefits.
“We have been struggling for a long time to find someone who actually wants to come to work. I have had jobs where we have offered people exactly what they ask for: $18 an hour, paid holidays, paid vacations and a company truck but people just don’t show up. They don’t even show up for their first day. Our Industry has been hurt for a while because of the push for college above all else. Even in the language they use they talk about college being higher education and the trades being an alternative education like it’s a consolation prize,” says Scott Schrader, Co-Owner of Chattanooga Roofing Contractors,
Schrader says he plans to come up with more signs stating the reality of what someone can make while in the construction business which requires no college degree.