Worker Correspondents: Overcrowding, Unsanitary Conditions, No Support for English Learners at Poor Schools in Nashville

By a Nashville Teacher The schools in Nashville’s working class neighborhoods suffer from overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and a continual lack of resources, resulting in large disparities with the schools in wealthier areas. Children arriving from other countries who are learning English are especially at a disadvantage. I teach at a low-income school on the south side of Nashville where my students and I experience the … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Overcrowding, Unsanitary Conditions, No Support for English Learners at Poor Schools in Nashville

Worker Correspondents: Wildland Firefighters Face Job Insecurity and Suppressed Wages

By an Oregon Firefighter In the Pacific Northwest, government agencies and independent contracting companies use several means to exploit wildland firefighters, including keeping wages low and contributing to unstable job conditions. Wildland firefighting is a physically and mentally exhausting profession that entails long shifts, living away from friends and family for weeks or even months at a time, and working in an arduous and dangerous … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Wildland Firefighters Face Job Insecurity and Suppressed Wages

Worker Correspondents: Workers Organize Slowdown in Protest at Amazon PIT5 Sortation Center

Photo credit: Maryland GovPics By Oliver Williams Last week, workers at the PIT5 Amazon distribution center in Crafton, Pennsylvania organized a slowdown to protest the facility’s unsafe working conditions. One worker explained to Tribune: “Management doesn’t do their job and then we have to fix their mistakes. I’m sick of it. I’m not working on commission here, I don’t get paid more for moving more packages. … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Workers Organize Slowdown in Protest at Amazon PIT5 Sortation Center

Worker Correspondents: Amazon Uses Turnover and Speedups to Exploit Workers

Photo credit: Maryland GovPics By Hannah Bellmer I have been working at the Amazon PIT2 fulfillment center in Imperial, Pennsylvania since the end of last year. One thing that’s stood out to me is how Amazon maintains a high turnover rate as a way of ensuring its exploitative practices go unchallenged. The number of workers cycled out has gotten even higher lately in anticipation of … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Amazon Uses Turnover and Speedups to Exploit Workers

Worker Correspondents: Amazon’s Profits and Worker Injuries Go Hand in Hand, ‘Associate Safety Committee’ Is a Farce

By Blake Garrison At its PIT5 sortation center in Crafton, PA, Amazon uses many tools of misdirection to hide how endangering workers is inherent to their operations as a result of daily exploitation. Its most recent trick is launching the “Associate Safety Committee” (ASC), which purports to improve safety by enlisting some workers to wear special vests and walk around checking for unsafe conditions. In … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Amazon’s Profits and Worker Injuries Go Hand in Hand, ‘Associate Safety Committee’ Is a Farce

Worker Correspondents: Unsafe Conditions in an Aging Carbon Black Factory

By Michael Nolan and a carbon black worker Workers at the Tokai Carbon manufacturing plant in Borger, Texas work long hours in harsh conditions while uninvolved owners reap the profit. The plant produces a crucial industrial component called carbon black, an ultra-fine carbon powder with valuable uses. In the course of production, workers labor alongside furnaces in a hot atmosphere of dense dust inside an … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Unsafe Conditions in an Aging Carbon Black Factory