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Saturday, July 15, 2017

be a shrimper!

Thanks to the general chaos injected into the immigration issue by #45 and his malicious minions, the local shrimp boats are having a hard time finding enough workers. Mexicans who have been coming to Texas for years to work on the shrimp boats are not coming over this year, kept back by all the uncertainty and a reduction in the number of temporary work visas being granted. Damn 45 is going to double the prices on shrimp!

The shrimp boats owners are panicking, as shrimp season is expected to re-open within a few weeks. They are even advertising for shrimpers. Do you want to spend 30-60 days at sea catching shrimp? As usual, these are the jobs that most Americans don't want. But there are Mexicans willing, but not being allowed to.

Mail resumes to: Employer: PURATA TRAWLERS INC 
Contact: Mari or Pedro Purata 
Address: 25470 Ted Hunt Rd Los Fresnos, Texas 78566 
Telephone number: 956-456-9688 
Or email resumes to: 

Work will be performed aboard a commercial shrimp boat up to sixty (60) days in the Gulf of Mexico’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ-federal waters). 

Job requires worker to prepare boat for fishing activities; putting nets into water and retrieving them; sorting and heading of catch; return undesirable and illegal catch to sea; place shrimp in baskets, rinse, dip in preservatives; cleaning boat, storing, preserving and offloading of catch; help rigger as needed and get nets back into water to resume trawling and retrieve them again. 

Assist captain and rigger as required; mop deck as needed or required. 

Worker is required to carry and at times continue to lift an average of sixty (60) pounds or more of headed shrimp to/from the boat’s freezer. 

Pays $14.41 per hour, $21.62 overtime or a range of $15.00 per box (100# headed shrimp) whichever is greater. Overtime, if applicable will be available to the worker at a rate of $21.62. 

Contact your local employment office for guidance regarding hourly pay. 

Worker will be paid every two weeks or according to the prevailing practice in the area of intended employment whichever is more frequent. 

Employer will use a single work week as its standard for wages due. 

The employer will make all deductions from the worker’s paycheck required by law. 

Employer will deduct any and all advances requested by the worker and which are not required by law and will be included in crew settlement sheet provided to each worker at the time worker is paid. 
Each worker will be paid on a trip basis, upon completion of work, completion of trip or until shrimp production is sold or every two weeks whichever is more frequent. 

Employer ensures that the wage offer (including H2B workers) equals or exceeds the highest of the prevailing wage or the Federal, State or local minimum wage to other employees with similar experience and qualifications for such positions in the same location. 

Education minimum required: none 

Applicants must have one month (30 days) of continuous experience on a shrimp boat as a deckhand/header. Work days will depend on weather and/or catch per drag. 

Weather conditions could affect the working days while out at sea and trip could be shortened due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Usual work schedule is 8:00 pm to 4:00 am, but may vary depending on amount of catch per drag. 

Worker may experience lack of sleep and tiredness at times especially during the opening of the Texas Coast on or about July 15, 2017. 

Worker is guaranteed employment for at least two-thirds of fishing season. 

Working conditions may include excessive heat and or cold, rainy days and cold weather on deck. 

Employer will provide to the worker, without charge or deposit charge, all tools, supplies and equipment to perform the duties assigned. 

Employer provides food and lodging on the shrimp boat free of charge. 

Employer will reimburse worker for the initial transportation to the job site once the worker completes 50 percent of the work contract period. 

Employer will provide or pay the worker’s cost of return transportation and daily subsistence from the place of employment from which the worker, disregarding intervening employment, departed to work for the employer, if the worker completes the certified period of employment or is dismissed from employment for any reason by the employer before the end of the period. 

Employer will reimburse related costs associated with employment at the end of the first full trip. Amount for transportation will be calculated using the most economical common carrier. 

Subsistence costs will be paid to workers that complete their contract or are dismissed early by the employer, except when the employer has appropriately reported a worker’s voluntary abandonment of employment. 

Employer will reimburse the H2B worker in the first workweek for all visa, visa processing, border crossing and other related fees, including those mandated by the government, incurred by the H2B worker (but need not include passport expenses or other charges primarily for the benefit of the worker) subsistence is calculated at a minimum of $12.09 and up to a maximum of $51.00 per 24-hour period of travel to/from the place of employment with receipts. 

Apply or inquire about the job opportunities or send applications and/or resumes directly to the nearest office of the Texas State Workforce Agency, 851 Old Alice Road, Brownsville, Texas 78521. Phone number 956-546-3141 

Workers needed from 05/01/2017 through 02/01/2018 

Job Posting Tx#6564525 
Ad paid by an Equal Opportunity Employer 

Two (2) workers positions available

Are you ready for a new adventure? Not me. Not this one. Here's a short video that demonstrates how shrimp boats work, somewhat.

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