JOBS 1.0 (Tradesmen)
There was a time when licensed tradesmen such as an electrician, plumber and mechanical air conditioning were important to have on job sites. They were proud to be cardholders (licenses), pay was good, and jobs were supervised by qualified individuals. The mandate of having licensed tradesmen on the job was lobbied and it was obsolete.
When this happened, it caused several situations. First, it devalued all those licensed journeymen, so they were considered null and void and equal to those non-licensed. Secondly, it stopped individuals seeking to better themselves to get a journeymen license in any of the three trades so that also stopped the revenue of what the license used to bring in. Third, it stopped qualified persons supervising jobs, those who studied and paid to get their license in the field they were working in. Also, what didn’t change was the cost of construction because the consumer never felt the difference in construction costs.
Bringing the requirement of the journeymen license will bring back revenue, both to the county and to the cardholders. It will re-establish accountability in supervising field work again. This will spark and invigorate those tradesmen to get their journeymen’s license, as a result improving everyone’s quality of life.
“Life is difficult as it is, We all have challenges, we all encounter obstacles. Even then, we all have the resilience and the ability to make a good life for ourselves and our family. We need to help our neighbor as we were helped at one time”
JOBS 2.0 (1 Yr. Loophole)
We have county-funded construction projects, there is no reason to outsource these jobs to companies that are not local. So why they hire non-local companies to win such projects when there are qualified local companies. Let’s help our own local companies to get awarded these projects. We can raise the percentage of hiring local workers to a much higher standard. It’s our money, we control it so let’s do that. “Residents First” county ordinance 14-26 states that any county-funded construction project over one million dollars has a minimum of 51% of local workers.
Unfortunately, the loophole allows anyone to show a rental agreement and that gives them enough to apply for a Florida I.D. which fills the requirement of “Residents First”. We need to strengthen this rule, we all know that for years now companies are working around that. For example, make it a requirement that the workers need to be a resident for more than one year. This will open the opportunity for our actual residents to have the opportunity of employment.
JOBS 3.0 (Incubators)
We can create jobs by incentives to existing businesses and for creating new businesses. We can start incubators in Homestead and Florida City. Some good examples are The LAB Miami, Pipeline Brickell, MiamiShared, Miami Innovation Center, HUBB Coworking and CIC Miami these locations are all north from us. We need these services in the south!