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Old 07-10-2005, 09:10 PM
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...besides florida & wal-mart

just closed a huge deal (my new gig) to staff the embark/debark operation at the new orleans cruise ship terminal. thats the good news...the bad news is that i need to hire 120 part-time employees by this time next week

retired is the perfect demographic...the shifts are mon, thu, sat & sun, 4-6 hours each. pay is OK but you get sweet deals on cruises

obviously we'll advertise, but does anyone know an agency/association i can get in contact with to reach a bunch of retired people in a short time?
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Old 07-10-2005, 09:32 PM
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AARP

should be in the phone book or do a search
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Chris,You've certainly bit into a BIG one this time. Good luck with it. If you were in the Norfolk/ Virginia Beach area, you would have your choice, what with all the military retirees. Good luck with your undertaking.
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Old 07-10-2005, 09:34 PM
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hey Chris how about a local colledge or do they gotta be retired
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Old 07-10-2005, 09:43 PM
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sat & sun i should have no problem finding people to work...mon & thu i'm worried about, thus the retirees

i'm sending people to put fliers up at the local colleges early this week, after we get thru the two hurricane-delayed ships tomorrow on a skeleton crew

i didnt think about military...that's a good idea
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Old 07-11-2005, 08:09 AM
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Look around at the grocery stores and drug stores for publications (free to the consumer) that cater to retirees. Normally these are found in “racks” either outside the store or immediately inside the front door. Senior News is one that is pretty much nationwide and there are several others. Place some classified ads in those and it should generate some interest.
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I'll retire and work for you if your starting at around 100k, plus of course the standard bennies.
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Old 07-11-2005, 09:48 AM
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Try the Fire Departments in your area. The guys on rotation are always looking around to supplement their pay with part time work. You might want to get a couple of fresh retired guys to recruit and coordinate the shifts because of the rotation. The benefit to you are staff on board with emergency and medical training.
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Old 07-11-2005, 12:40 PM
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Try the Chamber of Commerce. See if there are any temp services that are members. Then start calling. They wont be retirees but you may get some good people.
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Bailey Boat - 7/11/2005 8:09 AM

Look around at the grocery stores and drug stores for publications that cater to retirees, then place a Viagra ad at 50% off.
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got a denny's close by?
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Old 07-12-2005, 07:51 AM
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thanks for the tips
we embarked/debarked two cruise ships yesterday in twelve hours
my frigging feet are killing me but the cash register is ringing!

keith...it's $8/hr bro...but it's steady!

anyone know if you are allowed to solicit at the fire station?
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Sorry man, I'll have to wait and get back to you in about 20yrs.
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cgrand, are you only doing staffing or will you be involved in tours etc?

Do you have Seasonal Staffing angencies in your area? I'm sure you already thought of this.
Your hometown type papers will be your best bet.

Good luck.
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Old 07-12-2005, 11:05 AM
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thanks

we are staffing the embark/debark process at the terminal (check-in agents, door staff, line staff, luggage processing, etc) and the parking shuttle/luggage trucks...i am bidding this week to take over the airport shuttle process and the shore tours

trying to do this w/o advertising to start because the former contractor lost the deal when their staff "organized"
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Chris, a word from the wise (as in, been there, done that, lost the tee shirt) avoid the airport shuttle stuff, UNLESS you can hire drivers with their own equipment that will meet your standards (age and appearance of vehicle, driving record, insurance, etc. etc.) If you provide the equipment (vans) you will find yourself eat slap up with maintenance problems as well as insurance claims. I once purchased the shuttle business at a major airport with the intent of improving cash flow and rolling it and “discovered” this the hard way………..
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cgrand - 7/12/2005 11:05 AM

trying to do this w/o advertising to start because the former contractor lost the deal when their staff "organized"
In Mexico, we start up our own union with a few key employees. This is a white knight that we control, and require all new employees to join when hired.

This keeps out other unions that want to get in and destroy your biz with there demands. But I don't know if this is as easy to do in the USA Chris.
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Po' Folks is usually full of Ole' Folks....
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Old 07-12-2005, 03:18 PM
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bailey my "parent" company is a motorcoach company...we already own the equipment and employ the drivers. i will say this though...yesterday 100% of the hassles were shuttle-related...

right now i think i've found my own "white knight"
the temp agency that bailed me out yesterday may be able to fully staff me, for a small cut
i may do it this way for the short term if he agrees to the training process, let's me do the scheduling, and the drug screeing
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Old 07-12-2005, 05:22 PM
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Bullshipper,

In the USA it is illegal for an employer to be involved in union operations. A manager/employer is prohibitted from discussing even hypothetical union activiy in their company with an employee unless the employee brings it up first.

It is not illegal though for a union to own and operate a company though (like United Airlines) but the union hired managers may not be involved with union operations.
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