Summary of The Life and Death of an Amazon Warehouse Temp
What the Future of Low-Wage Work Really Looks Like
Highline © 2015
Seasonal workers offer companies cost savings and flexibility, but has their commodification gone too far?
In this sad account of a seasonal warehouse worker’s life and death at Amazon, reporter Dave Jamieson exposes one secret to Amazon’s success. He explains how temporary workers toil in warehouses through the holiday season, taking lower wages than permanent staff and collecting minimal benefits. This cautionary tale reveals that seasonal workers live in hope that they will earn permanent positions, when in fact Amazon will fire most of them. getAbstract recommends this article to anyone with an interest in workers’ rights, health and safety, or in how Amazon functions.
In this summary, you will learn
- How seasonal worker Jeff Lockhart Jr. lost his life on the job for Amazon,
- Why seasonal employment appeals to Amazon and its temp workers, and
- How Amazon’s claimed safety standards stack up against its safety record.
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