Dying for a Job at Amazon
I won't buy anything from Amazon again until they air condition their warehouses, and stop working their employees like dogs.
From the superb muckraking article in the local Allentown, PA paper, The Morning Call:
During summer heat waves, Amazon arranged to have paramedics parked in ambulances outside, ready to treat any workers who dehydrated or suffered other forms of heat stress. Those who couldn't quickly cool off and return to work were sent home or taken out in stretchers and wheelchairs and transported to area hospitals. And new applicants were ready to begin work at any time.
An emergency room doctor in June called federal regulators to report an "unsafe environment" after he treated several Amazon warehouse workers for heat-related problems. The doctor's report was echoed by warehouse workers who also complained to regulators, including a security guard who reported seeing pregnant employees suffering in the heat.
In a better economy, not as many people would line up for jobs that pay $11 or $12 an hour moving inventory through a hot warehouse. But with job openings scarce, Amazon and Integrity Staffing Solutions, the temporary employment firm that is hiring workers for Amazon, have found eager applicants in the swollen ranks of the unemployed.
Note: this amazing expose was accomplished by a reporter at a small independent daily. Allentown is in the backyard of the WP, and the NYT, and Amazon, of course, is a huge company. Yet not a single big city reporter caught on to this huge story. Interesting.
Note 2: Just because a company is "cool" and Information Age doesn't mean it doesn't practice smarmy capitalism. Just ask the Shenzhen workers at Foxcomm who make your iPhone.
Note 3: The domestic-ification of exploitation. This outrageous exploitation of labor happened in the US--the Northeast!--not in Shenzhen, China.
Note 4: This is why the young students of #occupywallstreet are sleeping out there in Zucotti Park. They understand that systemic underemployment means a future of backbreaking, exploitative, Amazon-style work for them.