A Plan to Create Jobs for Senior Citizens
The Open Discrimination of the 50's is Now Hidden - But it's Still With Us
Those unemployment figures that you read and hear about every week are a huge lie. The numbers do not include the people who have fallen off unemployment and they do not include many millions of senior citizens who crave a meaningful job.
Untold thousands of seniors try to exist on less than $1,000 per month, which is all they get from Social Security.
When they try to get work, they are quickly shuffled out of the picture in the most flagrant cases of discrimination imaginable. Employers know that they can discriminate against old people because the 'silvers and grays' are an 'unprotected minority'.
Even the job applications are discriminatory and should not be allowed. One of the early questions on many applications is, WHAT YEAR DID YOU GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL?
Then, there is a check list of years that starts at 2012 and goes back to around 1975 and then stops. So it becomes obvious that the company does not want to hire anyone who graduated from school before 1975.
People who finished school in 1975 were born in the 1960s, which places them in their early fifties. In an age where 80 is the new 60, how can companies shun people who are barely a half century old?
I do not know the answer, but I know that they do. If it is hard for a 50 year old to get a job, imagine how difficult it is for a person of 60 or 70 years?
The solution might be for the government to force companies to hire older workers. Each firm of a certain size could be made to hire elders as ten or twenty per cent of their work force.
I have an alternative solution that I would like to pose. Under my plan, companies would hire senior citizens to fill in for vacationing workers. Perhaps the seniors would work for 50% of the regular employee's pay. This would serve to augment the senior's Social Security and would not be a huge financial drain on the companies.
My own late father did this for several years after he retired. He was a health and sanitary inspector for a medium sized city and worked four to six weeks per year covering for his successors.
Any company willing to participate in this should leave a comment and perhaps we can match an employee to your need.
Likewise, any seniors who would like to participate, please leave a comment and maybe a company will hire you.
Come on guys..........we can't leave this to the government. They won't help! Maybe we can help ourselves.
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