Action Report: Job seekers say IPC isn't delivering promises

Action Report: Job seekers say IPC isn't delivering promises
The President of Industrial Personnel Contractors is Eloise Burnside.
She says people are coming from all across the Deep South, even as far away as Detroit and Miami to apply for jobs after she placed an ad on Craig's list.
Burnside says there is up to 50 people per day looking for jobs with IPC.
"We have three pending contracts," said Burnside. "We've got to get the people first to get them in place. We have 48 hours to get them to the job. We've got New Orleans. We've got Lake Charles, and we've got Baton Rouge."
I met with several applicants who traveled four hours to Pascagoula after seeing the ad. They were upset because they say they were promised jobs, but they don’t have any work.
Most of them didn't want to be on camera, but one agreed to be interviewed if I didn't show his face. He said he was promised a job by next week.
"Supposed to be by next week to start a job in New Orleans. They told me they need hundreds of welders, all kinds of workers. Today, we wait here for a drug test and orientation. We had to pay $20 for the drug test," said one job seeker.
Burnside says at least 2,000 people have filled out job applications. Each paid the $20 for a drug test and received an hour safety orientation course.
 I asked how many of those people got jobs.
"Oh God. Since when? Since when you want me to start," asked Burnside.
Burnside said she started the operation in Pascagoula in January. So, I wanted to know how many people were hired from that time to the present.
"We've gotten, you know, about 15 or 20,” said Burnside.
IPC Project Manager James Packer says the company is moving into a different direction.
"We're moving from a staffing company to a construction company," said Packer.
Packer says IPC has provided workers to two Louisiana construction companies.
Then I asked how many people they hired.
"There was one initially, and there were four, four drivers," Packer said.
Packer says all the people who run IPC are volunteers who want to help people find jobs.
I then asked if anyone was getting paid.
"We've come aboard to help that vision, and there is no pay. We are volunteering our time,” Packer said.
Burnside says she has partnered with a company in Baton Rouge.
I called that business owner. He told me his company is getting ready to hire 40 to 45 IPC workers for a job in Baton Rouge within the next few weeks and up to 200 jobs in a few months.
Burnside says IPC won a contract to do the concrete and plumbing for three to six homes for Habitat for Humanity in George and Greene County. She expects to hire about 12 workers for each home within the next six to nine weeks.
I will check back in a few months to find out how many unemployed people have received jobs through IPC.
Burnside told me she will make sure that her recruiters don't tell people they will have a job once they fill out the application and pass the drug test.
She says those jobs are coming if the company she is working with is able to secure more contracts through a bidding process.

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