Worker Correspondents: ‘Hero’ Myth Serves as a Farce to Exploit Wildland Firefighters

Source: Twitter @mrfirerob4 By an Oregon Firefighter Politicians, monopoly media, and public figures frequently commend wildland firefighters for their sacrifice and commitment to keeping communities safe, however, the outpouring of praise and thanks stands in stark contrast to actual job conditions, which include low pay and poor living conditions. Many firefighters are rightfully proud of the important work that we do. The sacrifices we make … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: ‘Hero’ Myth Serves as a Farce to Exploit Wildland Firefighters

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