Rebecca Smith, Deputy Director of the National Employment Law Project recently had an Op-Ed published by US News & World Report which examines the current trend towards low-paying, dangerous temp jobs. NELP and the National Staffing Workers Alliance recently released Temped Out: How the Domestic Outsourcing of Blue Collar Jobs Harms America’s Workers .
The Permanent Temp Economy
Staffing industry jobs need not be degraded and dangerous jobs. We can implement solutions to protect the rights of the 2.8 million staffing workers and the many millions of America’s franchised and outsourced workers. We should follow the lead of most European and Latin American countries and restrict temporary work to truly temporary jobs created by staff shortages or special projects. We should guarantee temporary workers the same wages and benefits that direct hires receive and restrict outsourcing in hazardous jobs. Lastly we should enforce existing laws and pass new measures to ensure that Costco, Walmart and other leading U.S. companies take responsibility for the people who make and move their products.