I'm having the same thoughts. I ordered my SGC0660 in may, the 8th I think. I was supposed to get it in mid June, then august, then September, now told last week march of 2022. So I haven't canceled it yet but have started another order with another dealer for a comparable Virnig VRG60CT. That is "expected" in the next couple of weeks. I Searched online and found 4 SGC0660 at dealers 1 in ohio the closest near dayton. He wanted over $2100 for the grapple and was quoting $1500-2000 freight charge to central new york.I am still puzzled how some dealers can get implements and others can’t. I ordered my tractor the third week of June. Got it the end of the next week with everything but the LP grapple (0660)
it came the second week of August.There was another dealer close to me that had one in stock but I wanted to get the grapple wrapped into my 84 mo financing package. Call around and see what other dealers have. Seems to me the shortages are not all the same.
That and the work from home policies many employers now have that allow people to move to more remote areas. Some like living in concentrated population centers; many live there only out of necessity for work.Has Covid really made more people "go back to the land"?
Why? See my post above. Right now employers are competing with the government who is paying people to sit on their couch or the beach or wherever. Hard to compete when we still require work in exchange for pay, but the government doesn’t.As I understand it as of right now ther are 30+ cargo ships waiting to be off loaded in one of the west coast harbors,, why ,, as far as I can find out there is not enough help to unload them,, why ,, damned if I know
another real world example to add to your experience...Right now there are many people who just don’t want to work.
Usually I have plenty of applicants. Now all I have is people submitting resumes who won’t return my calls because they don’t want a job or career, all they want is to show they’re applying for jobs so they can stay on unemployment.
I wrote a really lengthy reply, then reminded myself this is a tractor forum.Politics more than tractors. But anyway. There's a reset underway. People have been talking about pay rises trickling down for years. Looks like they finally are. Which is a good thing - under the last US govt the people at the bottom started to get pay rises for the first time in a while. With the shortages of everything there's a shortage of labour. And when there's a shortage of anything the price goes up. That's not all bad, but it'll take a while for things to settle.
And yes, if anyone's asking, I'm aware that most of the statistics about how lower to middle income people are going backwards are distorted in all sorts of ways, ranging from most of them being household income and household size shrinking (so your average household has fewer earners), more people self employed and paying themselves dividends as a tax dodge - makes it look like pay's going down - and the general problems of measuring income at the lower end and people misstating their income when you survey them, as well as "misstating" their income when the IRS asks them. But even ignoring all that, it's true I think that people at the bottom are about to start doing better than they were, and that's never a bad thing.
If you have to pay $16 an hour instead of $14 an hour to get staff, it'll make a bunch of businesses harder to operate, but it's not bad for those people.
Minimum wages were never intended to be the final salary of employees. People are supposed grow, develop skills which eventually grows their worth to the employers.
I agree most people who are complaining about minimum wages aren’t the ones dependent on them. When I was starting out, I was always more concerned with getting a job and starting to make money than my pay, and yes, I worked for years on the minimum wage while I worked my way through school.
Agree.River19, you hit the nail on the head, there is only so much some jobs are worth. A business is in business to make money. You can debate how much a business should make, but ultimately, the business wants and was developed to make money. Once labor becomes more expensive than automation or automation becomes more productive than just labor, then the business will switch. Forcing companies to pay more for unskilled labor just causes the business to switch to automation.
Many of your large stores have already started the process: self-checkout (redirecting the labor), ATM machines, online bill paying/automatic monthly bill payment, automatic floor sweepers/cleaners, automatic forklifts (Amazon warehouses), etc. are all low skill jobs that it has become cheaper to automate.
Coal mines use to be filled with lots of workers, but as automation has progressed it has change the coal industry (not necessarily for the bad).
Our local McDonalds has the touch screens where you place your order and what for your number to be called, one less low skill job replaced by automation and redirected labor 9making you do it yourself).
As labor cost go up, more automation will come and less minimum wage jobs will be around.