Last week, in collaboration with Time magazine, we published an in-depth investigation into the booming temp industry, as it replaces a growing number of blue-collar jobs across the country. Roughly 2.7 million temp workers are currently employed in the U.S—a sector that’s “roaring back 10 times faster than private-sector employment10 Amazing Charts That Demonstrate The Slow, Agonizing Death Of The American Worker. Read more ... » as a whole,” wrote reporter MichaelDemand for Gold Coins Goes Through the Proverbial Roof. Read more ... » Grabell.
Many of those 2.7 million workers struggle to make ends meet, without a steady wage or employee benefits. And they can be working in “ghastly” work environments, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration director described them, with little protection from injury.
What’s behind this economic40 Stats That Prove The U.S. Economy Has Already Been Collapsing Over The Past Decade. Read more ... » shift? And how does it impact the workers staffing “the supply chain of America’s largest companies”? On Friday at 2 pm ET, reporter Michael Grabell (@MichaelGrabell) joined Leone Bicchieri, executive director of the Chicago Workers’ Collective, to answer your questions. Here are some highlights:
Many workers get stuck as “permatemps.” “Many enter with the promise of full time work after a 3 month or a 6 month probationary period – only to find their times extended to the point where they can be at the same worksite for years, but as an employee of the temp agency with no benefits, vacation or raises,” Grabell said. According to Industrial Staffing Analysts, only 30 percent of industrial temp jobs become full-timeThey Are Systematically Destroying Our Independence And Making Us All Serfs Of The State. Read more ... » positions.
It’s not just warehouses and factories turning to temp agencies. More and more companies are turning to temp labor to avoid the insuranceObamacare's Website Is Crashing Because It Doesn't Want You To Know How Costly Its Plans Are. Read more ... » costs and other obligations of a full-time staff. “Now, we see nurses and cooks and professors and others being ‘temped out.’ This is what a friend of mine back in my farmworker organizing days referred to as ‘the farmworker-ization of all of us,’” Bicchieri said. Reader RedFreckle8 also mentioned Microsoft and Amazon as major tech companies trying to cut back their full-time staff.
It’s even harder for temp workers to prove they were harrassed, injured, or wrongfully fired. ”The client companyRed light cameras mean big revenue for the companies which run them. Read more ... » blames the staffing agency–while the staffing agency blames the client company!” Bicchieri said of the finger-pointing over worker abuseAg-Gag Laws: What is Modern Agriculture Trying to Hide?. Read more ... ». As Grabell documented in his investigation, workers rarely reportBreaking News–Today’s Job Report. Read more ... » injuries or harassment for fear of retaliation. “Workers often choose paying the rent, buying foodAbout 40 Percent Of All Food In The United States Is Thrown In The Garbage. Read more ... », and getting clothes for their children over reporting a workplace accident,” Bicchieri said.
Read the rest of their conversation here: