September 15, 2022


Struggle to find help is real: With the summer season upon Martha's Vineyard, there is a labor shortage. (Eunki Seonwoo -June 18, 2021, MV Times)

Doug Abdelnour, owner of Nancy's Restaurant and Nomans in Oak Bluffs, said he has been having difficulty finding the help he needs. Abdelnour said both restaurants are struggling to employ back-end workers, such as dishwashers and food runners. Abdelnour said filling positions has become harder during the past 10 years. He is offering around $20 to $25 an hour in hopes of attracting more workers. This year saw the lowest number of applications he's seen. 

The summer season is upon Martha's Vineyard. According to the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, the Island has a year-round population of 17,000 that can swell up to 200,000 people during the summer. To accommodate the increase in demand, businesses on the Island need seasonal workers to fill the gaps. The increase of tourists means more income for businesses, but it comes with a catch. Martha's Vineyard is facing a labor shortage. 

The Times wrote about the anticipated mix of a labor shortage and increased tourists in April, and it appears the fears of fewer workers this summer are coming true. 

DeSantis sends 2 planes of migrants to Martha's Vineyard (Shawna Chen, 9/14/22, Axios)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) sent two planes of undocumented migrants to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts on Wednesday, joining Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in sending migrants to sanctuary cities, Fox News first reported.

We need more planefuls.
Posted by at September 15, 2022 7:19 AM