Worker Correspondents: Oxnard School District Denies Adequate COVID-19 Compensation

By Serran Soledad & Scarlett Maroney Employees at the Oxnard School District (OSD) held a rally outside an OSD Board meeting on June 2 to demand increased compensation for time worked during the COVID-19 pandemic. The rally took place in the midst of negotiations between the OSD Board and the California School Employees Association (CSEA), a union that claims to represent around 800 classified employees, … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Oxnard School District Denies Adequate COVID-19 Compensation

Worker Correspondents: Exposing the PIT5 Amazon Fulfillment Center

By Anon at PIT5 I work at the PIT5 Amazon fulfillment center. June 17 was when I saw the article that you wrote about the gas leaks and machinery breakdown. It was passed around by a small group of us. We all agreed on how you wrote it. PIT5 is bad, not as bad as some… but it is bad. You said in the article that … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Exposing the PIT5 Amazon Fulfillment Center

Worker Correspondents: UPS Drivers Face Video Surveillance, Heavy Monitoring

Photo: A picture of the Lytx camera posted by a UPS driver in Atlanta on an online forum By Rachel Foster UPS has begun installing surveillance systems in its delivery vehicles as a tactic to monitor drivers, speed up their work, and curtail breaks. Package cars in four fulfillment centers in Oklahoma and Texas have been fitted with cameras both inside and outside the vehicles, … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: UPS Drivers Face Video Surveillance, Heavy Monitoring

Workers’ Correspondent: Trader Joe’s Uses Hazard Pay to Cut Raises, Workers Push Back

Photo Source: Tribune Supporter By Joanna Meyer Trader Joe’s has used the current economic situation to drive down wages and try to cut raises, using a temporary pandemic “hazard pay” as a bait-and-switch on their workers like myself. When workers spoke out last month, Trader Joe’s made some concessions, but we know that it’s still not enough. While Trader Joe’s does tend to pay better … Continue reading Workers’ Correspondent: Trader Joe’s Uses Hazard Pay to Cut Raises, Workers Push Back

Worker Correspondents: Production Continues at Breakneck Pace after Murder of Worker at Pesticide Manufacturer

By Blaine Hopkins The tragic murder of a worker in the parking lot at SBM Life Science earlier this month did little to slow the frantic production pace that has worsened conditions at the pesticide production and distribution facility in Pasadena, Texas. The facility formulates SBM and Bayer pesticides and then prepares them for distribution with bottling, packaging, and palletizing. In response to the increased … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Production Continues at Breakneck Pace after Murder of Worker at Pesticide Manufacturer

Worker Correspondents: Mancan Inc. Steals Wages from Temp Workers

By Jason Bartles Mancan Inc., a temporary worker staffing agency based in Wheeling, West Virginia, has withheld some workers’ wages up to two months at a time, in certain cases completely refusing to pay for hours worked. When workers dispute the discrepancies, the company typically attempts to blame the theft on clerical error, but their standard practice when workers report missing wages is to make … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Mancan Inc. Steals Wages from Temp Workers

Worker Correspondents: Gas Leak, Diesel Spill, Machinery Breakage at Amazon Facility Harm Workers

By Blake Garrison This week, workers at the PIT5 Amazon distribution center in Crafton, Pennsylvania endured a series of exhausting and hazardous incidents that management referred to as a “processing crisis.” Equipment broke down and hazardous material spills resulted in three evacuations of the building in one day, with workers suffering the harmful effects of exposure. On Sunday, parts of the main conveyor belt broke … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Gas Leak, Diesel Spill, Machinery Breakage at Amazon Facility Harm Workers

Worker Correspondents: UPS Steals Workers’ Wages, Denies Benefits Through Staffing Firm

Photo Credit: Tribune SC By Noah Long Orlando UPS workers often have wages stolen from their paychecks; in one egregious case a worker did not receive pay for four full days. UPS employs many workers through the staffing firm Adecco, which it uses to avoid providing benefits to full-time workers who would normally receive them. Workers routinely receive paychecks that do not reflect the number … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: UPS Steals Workers’ Wages, Denies Benefits Through Staffing Firm

Worker Correspondents: UPS Workers Face Work Speedups, Hazardous Conditions

By Dontay Stevenson Workers at the UPS facility in Charlotte have been subjected to dangerous working conditions related to increasing workloads and work speedups ordered by supervisors and corporate management. In just the past week, four workers have been injured. One worker had a large stack of packages fall on him while using a load stand, causing him to fall off of the stand. Afterwards, … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: UPS Workers Face Work Speedups, Hazardous Conditions

Worker Correspondents: Temps at Gilbane Construction Work Dangerous Conditions for Low Pay

By Sarah Ahmed Temp workers contracting for Gilbane Construction Company in Charlotte, NC frequently face life-threatening conditions on job sites for very low pay and conduct work without the necessary safety equipment. In one incident, two workers contracting through Staff Zone were slammed into a wall while removing a buckhoist, a type of construction elevator on the outside of a building, as a result of … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Temps at Gilbane Construction Work Dangerous Conditions for Low Pay