ProPublica has been running a variety of stories on our temp-based economy for some time now. It’s not a bad thing to run warehouses and factories on temporary labor, though, is it? Not on its face, but remember that warehouse and factory jobs can be very dangerous, and are even more dangerous when a worker gets only rudimentary training. Even if you don’t care about your fellow human beings, that doesn’t mean that under-trained temps can’t affect you personally. After all, these are the factories that package your booze and make your frozen pizzas.
You might remember the contaminated over-the-counter drugs recalled in 2010: an investigation showed that many of the defective drugs came from a factory staffed by under-trained temps.
Here’s the original “Harvest of Shame” documentary, if historic TV interests you.
A Modern Day ‘Harvest of Shame’ [ProPublica]
Temp Land [ProPublica Investigations]
Permanently Temporary: The Truth About Temp Labor (Part 1 of 5) [Vice]