Nice Beach, exploited employees

Trip Start Sep 11, 2009
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Myrtle Beach State Park

Flag of United States  , South Carolina
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The pics tell the story.  There are loggerhead turtle nests here.  WW and I got a campsite far from the beach in a private site nestled in the forest.

Camping is $30 a night.  SC has an income tax and an 8% sales tax.  All of the State Park employees I met are temporaries, which means they get no insurance, noretirement benefits , no paid time off (vacation or sick).  They make $8 an hour and are forced to take two unpaid weeks off every year (scheduled by the employer) to prevent them from becoming permanent.

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nature lover on

I would just remind you that not one single person who works in any SC state park is forced to do so. They are there because they WANT to be so you can't really call them "exploited". Underpaid perhaps. Not exploited. They are not being FORCED to do anything. They don't HAVE to work there. Maybe they need a big northern style UNION. Maybe that's what they need. They work really well for the auto industry.

T. Harper on

I have lived in South Carolina for 2 ½ years. In my own personal experience with the wage levels in South Carolina, I have found they are woefully low when compared to two different states in the Midwest (Central IL & SW Ohio) for the same type of work. I worked in the university clerical field for 12 years.
In fact, it is through my profession that I met Buddy & Debbie and we became friends. The clerical at Illinois State University organized with AFSCME in 1996. We were paid considerably less than our counterparts at University of Illinois. As an employee organizer I was shocked to learn so many of our coworkers had to work a second job just to make ends meet. Buddy secured our first contract that resulted in an average of 20% increase in wages for the 3 year contract. Debbie was our staff representative who worked hand in hand with Buddy to keep our eye on the ball.
When I moved in 2001 to Ohio for my husband's job, I worked at Miami University and took a $5/hour cut in pay while performing the same work. Since I enjoy working in a university setting, when we moved to South Carolina, I interviewed for a position at the local university. For several reasons, I did not take the job, but foremost, it was the pay that prevented me from accepting the position. The pay was comparable to my starting wage in 2001 at Miami University.
You need to realize that directly, or possibly indirectly, your wages today are due to the union movement of years ago. May I recommend you read some labor history. A great book is, "From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States."

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wandering_man on

You are correct Nature Lover. They are not "forced" to work there. If that were the case they would be slaves and I make no such assertion.

They are, however, expolited. How can the people of South Carolina charge $30 for camping, have a state income and sales tax, and pay these people so little that they beed food stamps and Medicaid to get by? If you are truly a nature lover perhaps you should be more concerned with the well being of its custodians in your employ.

But don't worry. Federal taxes paid by union workers who, unlike SC Park employees, make enough in wages so they do not have to rely on the government for sustenance, will pay for the Medicaid and food stamps of YOUR exploited employees. You are welcome.

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luise on

I went to NC in Oct. 2009...and it really nice.. that was my 1st visit there and my sister in law drove me an my mother around to give us a tour... we stayed ther for about 1 wk.

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