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I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave


Business  (tags: warehouses, jobs, business, economy, ethics, Amalgamated )

Nancy
- 995 days ago - motherjones.com
"Leave your pride and your personal life at the door," the lady at the chamber of commerce says, if I want to last as an online warehouse worker."



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Nancy C. (806)
Monday March 5, 2012, 7:18 am
On page 3 is a photo of a Netflix employee. I found this of personal interest as I'd worked the graveyard shift for them. I spent 2 years making some extra $ and ruining a shoulder! We were expected to open, inspect and clean 250 discs per hour. I did well, but paid physically. I even led the stretches when they decided to do them. My tax bracket was higher due to a bit of income. Ridiculous. Helping my daughter those years...invaluable.
 

Eternal Gardener (738)
Monday March 5, 2012, 3:01 pm
Reducing people to numbers, why don't they use robots instead? Read this with interest... at least relieved that they do not exploit children...yet!
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Monday March 5, 2012, 4:37 pm
I read the article from start to finish......talk about a trip through hell.

"The first step is awareness," an e-commerce specialist will tell me later. Statement within the article. This is certainly awareness. I've been reading other articles, I posted one, employees being taken out on stretchers due to the heat.

This is what was planned, we work for low wages, be glad we have a job as they are on purpose NOT creating jobs, and we become like the other Countries like China and India. Around the world, they will take take our good paying jobs, a bit here, a bit there, until we are all slaves and serfs to the Corporate Kingdom. I'm glad I am now 59 and not just starting off, but I watch my twentysomething children in struggle, and a grandchild growing up. May the tide start turning back around and not continue on the path to hell.

I'm glad you said yes, Eternal Gardener, for they are trying to remove Child Labor Laws. They are not done yet.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Monday March 5, 2012, 4:38 pm
Thanks.
 

Teresa Cowley (274)
Monday March 5, 2012, 4:42 pm
This should be criminal--instead, it's just the status quo for big business anymore. Reminds me of the saying, "Abandon hope all ye who enter here!". Scary!
 

Raymond G. (12)
Monday March 5, 2012, 6:04 pm
Slave training begins in our schools. We are not invaluable, but expendable!
 

Mary T. (185)
Monday March 5, 2012, 6:28 pm
Outrageous, Thanks Nancy.
 

Monica D. (580)
Monday March 5, 2012, 6:41 pm
I hope that one day soon, people will truly have freedom. Too many workers do not really have many freedoms, eg they do not have much freedom of speech.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday March 5, 2012, 6:44 pm
noted, thanks Nancy
 

Pat A. (116)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 12:53 am
Terrifying indoctrination - not motivation - utter conformity I have always associated with American firms over here. How to be a slave - in one lesson. The big bosses ought to take part in 'Undercover Boss' and find out what it is really like to work in a real job.
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 2:11 am
Thanks.
 

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 1:03 pm
Very sobering and disheartening. I worked in a warehouse 20 years ago and it was nothing like this.
 

. (1)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 1:15 pm
Noted. Thank you Nancy.
 

Ra Sc (8)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 4:15 pm
All workers deserve to be treated with respect.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 7:03 pm
temp jobs used to be like this...if you can find any anymore. I packed cookies from conveyor belts one day. You'd think machines dropped them into containers...we had to line them on their sides with either end of the row, top facing outward. For eight hours. Standing up. Reaching over endless lines of cookies. I lasted one day. It was like the packing scene out of I Love Lucy....only it was real life. Actually, not life...real hell.
better than packing sardines...
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 7:26 pm
Thank you Nancy, The Mother Jones article is an excellent first-person account of the cruel demands being imposed on ever-more workers in America, for a minimum wage and no benefits. This while the wealthy are growing wealthier and the "haves" who own these economic-slave companies are prospering.Their merciless greed and lack of compassion is insatiable. Worse is yet to come for tens of millions of Americans.
 

ellen m. (222)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 8:45 pm
Nancy, i didn't get any notice you had news yesterday..sorry :-)
 

Eddie O. (95)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 9:35 pm
Very pathetic, and a sign of the times, whereas money is the only thing that matters to many who are in power.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 9:54 pm
The article was quite an eye-opener! This is a prime example of the need for unions! No wonder large corporations and their bought-and-paid-for political lapdogs fight so hard against them.
 

. (0)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 7:00 am
Noted, thanks
 

Robert B. (58)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 7:48 pm
This is what happens when you don't have a union to protect your rights. Corporate slavery! I know, I've been in the same situation twice and I am so glad I never have to do it again. I live in a "right to work" state. Which means the company has a right to work you over any way they want. Upper management could care less. They have their new houses and BMWs. Thank you GOP for a horrifying work environment. This is why we need Unions and need to send the GOP packing this NOV.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 2:29 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Debbie G. (311)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 4:27 am
Thanks Nancy. I read the entire article in Mother Jones mag. I am appalled, and it makes me think more about ordering online. Thanks for sharing.
 

monka blanke (85)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 1:18 pm
Thanks Nancy. Most of us work for the money, not because they like it. Lucky are the ones who can combine interest / hobby / work.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 9:23 pm
Interesting article. Thanks Nancy
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 5:35 am
This is the nature of many of the new jobs in America. Workers are easily replaced with the next one in line.
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Monday March 12, 2012, 1:16 pm
Thank you Nancy!
 
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