NSWA

National Staffing Workers Alliance: A grassroots based movement for permanent work!


Dept. Of Labor Fines Employer/Temp Agency for Wage & Hour Violations

The Department of Labor recently fined two Philadelphia based companies for serious wage and hour violations.  ICS Corp. and the temp agency New Century Integrity worked hand in hand to make sure their workers weren’t paid for overtime.  One company paid workers the first 40 hours and the second company would pay the workers straight time for any hours they worked over 40 in cash!

The US DOL recognized the temp workers face higher incidences of workplace violations and we look forward to tighter regulation of this industry.

http://articles.philly.com/2015-07-11/business/64281930_1_workers-south-philadelphia-staffing-agency

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Researchers Call Out Warehouse Industry for Low Wages and Lack of Benefits

The University of California Riverside, Institute for Research of Labor and Employment published their findings after looking at the warehouse industry in the Inland Empire (60 miles east of Los Angeles).  The findings reinforce what we have heard from the temp workers who staff  these warehouses – most of the work comes from temp agencies, there are no benefits, the pay is roughly around minimum wage.

Warehouse jobs through a temp agency are not a pathway out of poverty.

Click below to the read the article – there’s a link to the IRLE website as well.

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http://www.dailybulletin.com/social-affairs/20150722/ucr-researchers-call-for-raising-minimum-wage-for-inland-empire-warehouse-workers


New Report Finds 17 Deaths, High Injury Rates for Recycling Workers

A new report by a coalition of health and safety advocates, including the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) Network, highlights the rapid growth of the recycling industry and the the dangerous working conditions that many workers face.  The report does an excellent job of highlighting the role temp agencies play in creating these unsafe working conditions.

Please take a few moments to download the report and share the link with friends and allies.

http://www.coshnetwork.org/recyclesafe


Who’s Using Temp Help In North Carolina?

The North Carolina Department of Commerce just published a report by their Labor & Economic Analysis Department.  This report shows the top 10 industries which are using temp labor.  Not surprisingly the top sectors include manufacturing & warehousing but we also see textile and food production as well.

http://www.nccommerce.com/lead/research-publications/the-lead-feed/artmid/11056/articleid/84/who%E2%80%99s-using-temporary-help-workers-in-north-carolina


Iowa Protesters Take The Fight For $15 To A Local Temp Agency

After hearing about the need for an increased minimum wage, the group marched to Sedona Staffing, a temporary staffing agency. The group of demonstrators flooded the office at …. and read a letter to agency employees. The letter said the company “functions as a day-laborer operation that rarely provides good, stable jobs to your employees,” and said the demonstrators were “calling on you to pay your employees a livable wage, and provide jobs with predictable scheduling so that your employees are able to provide for their families.”

Click here for the full article.

http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/local/2015/04/15/fight-fifteen-staffing-agency/25855977/


Contract & Temp Workers at Microsoft Make Improtant Gains

Microsoft recently announced it would make sure the contractors it uses provide paid time off to their workers. Over 80,000 of Microsoft’s 122,000 “employees” work through contractors or temp agencies. While this is a step in the right direction there are others, such as Philippe Boucher who works for one of Microsoft’s many contractors, is pushing for union recognition.

Click here to read the full article on the Seattle Times website.