Worker Correspondents: Electrician Forces Construction Company to Provide Break Area

Photo: Electrician holds sign “We are not homeless we just work for Skanska” (Courtesy of worker) By Corey Brooks For over seven months, workers at the Orlando Health construction site run by the contractor Skanska did not have tables or anywhere to take their lunch break until a local worker stood up and forced the company to act. After Jerry, an electrician working on the … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Electrician Forces Construction Company to Provide Break Area

Worker Correspondents: Construction Safety Rules Protect Contractors, Not Workers

By a Texas Pipefitter Contractors go out of their way to promote workplace safety practices, and while we want to work safely and without injury, these rules are ultimately used to put the responsibility for safety on workers and protect the interests of the contractors. They use heavy-handed methods to enforce the safety rules when it benefits them, while looking the other way when the … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Construction Safety Rules Protect Contractors, Not Workers

Worker Correspondents: Women Workers at Amazon Fired for Confronting Management over Sexual Assault

Photo credit: Pittsburgh Tribune SC By Sarah Ahmed Earlier this week, a working mother and her two daughters were fired in the middle of their shift at the Amazon PIT5 facility near Pittsburgh for confronting management about the sexual assault of one of the daughters. Management took no action after a male worker assaulted one of the young women by pressing his genitals against her … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Women Workers at Amazon Fired for Confronting Management over Sexual Assault

Oxnard: Tribune Distribution of Waterway Plastics Article Connects with Workers

By David Martinez On Monday and Thursday, the Oxnard Tribune Support Committee (SC) distributed copies of a Worker Correspondents article written by a worker at Waterway Plastics, a local manufacturer of materials for jacuzzies and pools. During the distributions, carried out at a line for COVID-19 rapid testing, the SC met other former employees of Waterway who confirmed the poor work conditions described in the … Continue reading Oxnard: Tribune Distribution of Waterway Plastics Article Connects with Workers

Worker Correspondents: UPS Ramps Up Annual Harassment, Coercion of New Employees

By a UPS Worker The management of UPS continues its annual campaign to coerce employees into resigning in order to cut back on payroll expenses. Every year, the company is forced to hire additional workers in order to keep up with the increased volume of the holiday season. As soon as the holiday peak season is done, this course is reversed. These employees (depending on … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: UPS Ramps Up Annual Harassment, Coercion of New Employees

Worker Correspondents: School District Won’t Provide COVID Sick Days

By a Nashville Teacher While Nashville is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) does not see a need to provide protection for us teachers or students. Shortly before the winter break, MNPS decided to get rid of all our COVID sick days, only to emphasize during our professional development before the spring semester that we should stay home if we … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: School District Won’t Provide COVID Sick Days

Worker Correspondents: Workers at B&S Waterway Plastics Face Constant Threat of Being Fired

By Sarah Ahmed At Waterway Plastics, workers are constantly threatened with being fired, and do not receive any breaks when they work the night shift. Waterway Plastics in Oxnard, California assembles materials for jacuzzis and pools. The night shift at Waterway Plastics is staffed with 20 workers, which is less than a third of the workers that work during the first shift. While California has … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Workers at B&S Waterway Plastics Face Constant Threat of Being Fired

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