We have added several items to our Research Section. Two articles from Harris Freeman and George Gonos on the temp industry in Massachusetts (in English and Spanish) and a report from Susan Houseman of Upjohn Institute.
You can see all the links here, or click on “Research” above.
The good news is the latest in a string of positive developments relating to a federal lawsuit to recover millions in stolen wages for about 1,800 warehouse workers at a Walmart-controlled warehouse in Riverside County, California.
About 75 warehouse workers were hired directly by logistics firm Schneider, the national company contracted by Walmart to operate the three-building facility, earlier this month. The workers previously worked for Impact Logistics, a temporary staffing agency. Most were paid about $8.50 an hour with no benefits.
Click here to read the full article – http://www.warehouseworkersunited.org/warehouse-workers-win-60-percent-raise-plus-benefits/
The Dayton Daily News article shows the true impact of shift from permanent direct hire to temporary contracted work. To read the full article please click on the link below.
But others experience a significant reduction in salary, self- esteem and quality of life.
Single mother Michelle Back of Bellefontaine, Ohio, can’t afford to buy a home or provide basic medical care for her young daughter. “It is a bad time for the worker,” said Glenn Couch, 64, of Middletown. “You can’t find work nowhere unless it’s at one of these temp agencies that are popping up everywhere.”
The Department of Labor has cracked down on wage issues in South Jersey in the last two years. In 2012, Reilly’s department conducted 37 investigations in South Jersey under this initiative and recovered $548,000 in back wages for more than 1,200 workers. So far in fiscal year 2013, it has doubled its efforts with 50 investigations, two in Burlington County, resulting in $774,000 being restored to more than 2,800 workers.
Click here for the full article in Philly Burbs.