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Sands Casino Hiring 1000 Workers

updated 5:18 p.m. ET, Mon., Feb. 2, 2009
"People looking for a job or know someone who is.. will want to grab a pen and paper. We're about to give you information on a company that's hiring more than a thousand workers. Consumer reporter Jeff Chirico here with what you need to know to apply.

The Bethlehem Sands in Northampton County opened its job center today . The casino doesn't open for at least another 4 to 6 months but applicants tell me it's the one bright spot in a dismal job market.

With unemployment at a 16-year-high, computers at the Sands job center are understandably packed. The casino needs more than a thousand workers when it opens this summer. It's being built on old steel land in Bethlehem. Horace Johnson is looking for a job in management. I used to work for a really good senator. Senator Rob Wonderling. With the state and everyone doing cut backs, out looking for a job."

You don't have to come here to apply. You can fill out the applications on your home computer and even schedule an interview. So far, more than 5700 people have applied.

Mickey Trageser, vice president of human resources of the Sands, says I'm getting calls from people laid off from Wall Street, laid off from local businesses, hospitals." Trageser needs people to in food service, marketing, security, finance and more. "What we're doing is finding transferable skills. They may not have casino experience but they have skills in the workplace that might work for us." She expects more than ten thousand people to apply".

Guess there are alot of people who would work for a casino, and as you anti casino folk like to say with those" meager wages. " Guess you should be proud that you have kept a few thousand people out of work in good paying jobs to protect our neighborhood from going down the tubes like Bensalem did with the casino. I'm wrong sorry, Bensalem has no problems with the Casino. No gridlock, no prostitution etc........

snailgem's picture

wouldn't it be nice if SH

wouldn't it be nice if SH agreed to relocate and start building and hiring instead of stubbornly wasting time and money in a location where they're not welcome?

dan's picture

"the people who have lived

"the people who have lived alongside casino developments over the past 15 years, those who have studied the broad and far-reaching economic impacts, even those who have bathed in the luxuries provided by gaming's revenue stream say casinos create jobs that don't pay particularly well, drain revenue from nearby service businesses and burden host towns with the need for additional government services."

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/CC/20070722/CASINO/707220301

kdubs215's picture

I know more people for the

I know more people for the casino than against it and i know alot of people .

dan's picture

kdubs215 wrote:I know more

kdubs215 wrote:

I know more people for the casino than against it and i know alot of people .

I know a lot of people too, and many more of them have told me they are against it than for it.

A big part of that is because when people agree with you they tend to tell you, and when they disagree with you, they tend to not bring the subject up.

biggeo's picture

snailgem wrote:wouldn't it

snailgem wrote:

wouldn't it be nice if SH agreed to relocate and start building and hiring instead of stubbornly wasting time and money in a location where they're not welcome?

i'm not sure if they are wasting time, every day that i ride by it seems that the pile of dirt gets bigger or gets moved it seems like they are doing something.

snailgem's picture

biggeo wrote:i'm not sure if

biggeo wrote:

i'm not sure if they are wasting time, every day that i ride by it seems that the pile of dirt gets bigger or gets moved it seems like they are doing something.

yeah, i know, the pile of dirt gets bigger every day.

roma258's picture

One of my favorite quotes

One of my favorite quotes from the Wire:

Quote:

Frank Sobotka: You know what the trouble is, Brucey? We used to make shit in this country, build shit. Now we just put our hand in the next guy's pocket.

Tell me that doesn't describe what's happening here.

snailgem's picture

roma258 wrote:One of my

roma258 wrote:

One of my favorite quotes from the Wire:

Quote:

Frank Sobotka: You know what the trouble is, Brucey? We used to make shit in this country, build shit. Now we just put our hand in the next guy's pocket.

every day it seems that the pile of shit gets bigger or gets moved

that's called "doing something".

Bob76's picture

"A new study by Jeffrey

"A new study by Jeffrey Blodgett, vice president for research at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, listed the casinos’ annual payroll at $838 million for 20,200 workers. That’s an average of $41,485, which includes benefits.

He said that for every casino job, about 0.3 other jobs are created. That would mean casino hiring has helped create another 6,060 jobs outside the casinos.

The study predicts that, upon completion of ongoing expansions, the Connecticut casinos will employ about 23,700 people at an average salary of $42,900, including benefits.

While the salaries don’t match what people were being paid for the now defunct engineering and pharmaceutical jobs, they’re competitive with what’s available in the area now, said Tony Sheridan, president of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce.

“The hourly wage you hear quoted frequently is not high, but it’s higher than it is out in the regular community.” The tribes’ real enticement is the benefits they offer.

“Both tribes pay a very hefty benefit package,” Mr. Sheridan said. “They have been consistently good providers of health benefits."

43,000 a year. How many people would love to have those jobs??

dan's picture

Bob76 wrote:43,000 a year.

Bob76 wrote:

43,000 a year. How many people would love to have those jobs??

That's an average.
Remember, for every $200,000/yr executive, that equals 5 or 6 minimum wage jobs.

I think the more important question is,
How many people want that job if it requires taking money out of your neighbors' pockets to pay for new services, and making your neighbor lose his/her job and/or business?

snailgem's picture

dan wrote:... How many

dan wrote:

...
How many people want that job if it requires taking money out of your neighbors' pockets to pay for new services, and making your neighbor lose his/her job and/or business?

300+ people.

fishtownfreak's picture

Well it comes down to

Well it comes down to whether you are pro or con casino. But I wonder how many of these so called con casino people wouldnt take a job there if they are out of work and needed an income. I am really neutral in the whole casino thing as both sides have put up good posts to support why they believe they way they do when talking about support for Sugar House,but I have now leaned more toward the pro side. If it came down to myself making a living for my family and providing food on the table for them I would have no problem working there.

dan's picture

If it was literally a case

If it was literally a case of starvation, I might consider it.
But otherwise, no.

When I was a young adult I turned down a part-time job when I discovered it required selling cigarettes.

snailgem's picture

fishtownfreak wrote:Well it

fishtownfreak wrote:

Well it comes down to whether you are pro or con casino. But I wonder how many of these so called con casino people wouldnt take a job there if they are out of work and needed an income. I am really neutral in the whole casino thing as both sides have put up good posts to support why they believe they way they do when talking about support for Sugar House,but I have now leaned more toward the pro side. If it came down to myself making a living for my family and providing food on the table for them I would have no problem working there.

the issue is not working or not working at a slot parlor (that's what they are, not casinos).
the issue is the location.

snailgem's picture

fishtownfreak wrote:Well it

fishtownfreak wrote:

Well it comes down to whether you are pro or con casino. But I wonder how many of these so called con casino people wouldnt take a job there if they are out of work and needed an income. I am really neutral in the whole casino thing as both sides have put up good posts to support why they believe they way they do when talking about support for Sugar House,but I have now leaned more toward the pro side. If it came down to myself making a living for my family and providing food on the table for them I would have no problem working there.

for me the issue is not working or not working at a slot parlor (that's what they are, not casinos).
the issue is the location.