Kay Humann is the office manager at High Country Linen in Jackson, Wyo. Accustomed to running the computer and the phones in the front of the building, she worked in the hot, steamy laundry 16 hours a day for a week after the Aug. 28 bust. Then, mercifully, the workers came back.
Kay Humann: "Really, the
only people we can get to apply for these jobs are the Spanish
people. They're the ones that will do it; they're our work force
"We ran an ad in the paper this last
year for a driver for two months and had three applicants! And we
ended up hiring a Spanish guy because he's the only one who applied
and took the job. I've been in Jackson 10 years. It's changed. We
used to get guys from Orville's - the local mission - or older
women who couldn't make a living. But that stopped because even the
guys from Orville's wouldn't work for us. They get their first
paycheck and they get that jug of wine and they're gone. The
Mexicans don't do that. Absolutely not. They're workers; they're
good workers. And they're all we've got.
a lot of good things about it and ... there's a lot of other
things. I was raised in a tiny farming town in the San Joaquin
Valley in California, and I watched things go from, you know, where
there were two or three Spanish people in my high school to now, my
sister told me my niece just graduated, and there were only three
Caucasian kids in the whole graduating class. I mean, you know?
It's scary, kind of."