Maybe next year, to save even more money, they'll just hire migrant workers from Mexico and just re-theme the whole park to a south-of-the-border slant.
"They could probably get three times as many workers for the same money and most would probably come with their own costumes. Imagine the savings! Strolling authentic mariachis and dancers."
-my neighbor, american hispanic retired mgr from East Ohio Gas.
Edit: part of me thinks he was serious. *** Edited 11/14/2007 1:53:45 PM UTC by FLYINGSCOOTER***
In terms of immigrant labor:
Cedar Point already hires plenty of immigrants each season. That they need to recruit overseas to find quality employees willing to work for at those rates says something either about Cedar Point, or the work ethic of America's young. I'll let you decide!
Just so long the immigrants are here legally, which in the case of the foreign students at parks, they are, I don't have much of a problem in that area, though I do wish they had more English training before starting work. I have fun chatting with these kids, and in case of employees from Russian speaking countries, surprising them by speaking Russian to them (my folks are immigrants).
Now ILLEGAL immigrants, I do NOT want to see anywhere near Cedar Point. There are plenty of people here legally, or who come here legally who can work these jobs, including both US residents and foreign students.
Enough on my immigration rant.
In terms of the original post:
Geauga Lake's closing should not have any significant impact on staffing levels at Cedar Point. I could see extra staff being needed for the "new" kids area from Geauga Lake, but aside from that, there is no reason I can think of for GL's closing to have any impact on 2008 CP staffing levels.
Now as for GL employees going to work at CP, this is already going on. Bill Spehn came back to the Point after Geauga Lake closed, and I think that at least for the time being, he is overseeing CP Operations AND what's left of Geauga Lake. Net Gain for Cedar Point, since Bill is one of the company's greatest assets in terms of management talent!
I also know of another full time employee from GL that is supposed to be going to, or may already be at, Cedar Point.
Seasonally, we should be seeing some GL people coming up to Cedar Point to work. I don't know how many, but there should be some. Closing day I saw a Kaman's employee at CP wearing a GL name tag.
EDIT: Congratulations to that Full Time employee!
EDIT 2: Looks like I was mistaken in my use of the term immigrant.
*** Edited 11/15/2007 5:58:26 PM UTC by Avalanche Sam***
I wonder what gets the draw from Russian-speaking countries.
*** Edited 11/15/2007 4:46:26 PM UTC by Pagoda Gift Shop***
What the hell are you talking about? Cedar Point doesn't hire immigrants, they hire foreign college kids here on work or student visas. Those kids aren't immigrating here.
That is a pretty bold statement Jeff, to say that Cedar Point doesn't hire immigrants. I would bet you they do hire immigrants. If you were born in another country, and are now a permanent resident or citizen, you are an immigrant. Are you telling me Cedar Point won't hire US residents that were not born here?
Next time you try to nitpick on words, maybe you should be a little more careful in what you post.
Yes, it looks like I was mistaken in my use of the term immigrant. Next time, instead of being so rude, I would appreciate it if you simply point out my mistake.
*** Edited 11/15/2007 5:50:56 PM UTC by Avalanche Sam***
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