Showing posts with label Workplace. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Workplace. Show all posts

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The American Workplace, Circa 2016




You can read all about the cruel and inhumane treatment of workers without having to even try anymore:

Poultry workers are routinely denied basic needs such as bathroom breaks to the point of being forced to wear diapers while on the line, a new report claims. 

The processing plant workers are mocked or ignored by supervisors when they ask to go to the bathroom, says Oxfam America, the U.S. arm of the global organization dedicated to solving poverty and social injustice. 

As a result, employees "restrict intake of liquids and fluids to dangerous degrees; they endure pain and discomfort while they worry about their health and job security," the report said. The conditions are particularly trying for women who are menstruating or pregnant, the report added, citing unnamed workers who it interviewed over a period of three years. 

The scathing report, released Wednesday, also alleges that employees wait for an hour or more in long lines to use the bathroom and risk getting punished or fired if they don't accomplish their work within a certain time frame. 

"What would be shocking in most workplaces happens far too often in poultry plants: Workers relieving themselves while standing at their work station," the report said. "Too many workers tell stories about urinating on themselves, or witnessing coworkers urinating on themselves." 

Some have "made the uncomfortable decision to wear adult diapers to work" to avoid having to ask to leave the line and risk being punished, it continued. 

The group named Tyson Foods Inc., Perdue Farms Inc., Pilgrim's Pride Corp., and Sanderson Farms Inc., quoting workers there using pseudonyms.

There used to be a thing called pride in this country. If an organization like Oxfam is able to easily find so many unseemly labor practices, it should cause people to lose their jobs as the managers and leaders of the companies embarrassed in this report. I seem to recall the argument against unions going something like this: all of those draconian labor practices happened in the 19th Century; American employers know they have to treat their workers well or they won't have anybody to do the work.

Yeah, right.

Anyone who points out what happens in a poultry plant in America should be able to use their God-given name without fear of reprisal and should be able to use a whistleblower law to prevent from being fired. And the government should have already had inspectors in those workplaces to ensure that these practices were not happening.

I suspect that if we were to fully staff the Department of Labor and allow every single processing plant in America to stand up a union to protect the rights of workers, someone would figure out how to shut those plants down and move them to Mexico. And so it continues...












Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Juan Thompson is Your New Stephen Glass




I read the Gawker excerpt, and then I read this blurb, and, really, it's just pathetic:

A reporter for The Intercept as revealed to have fabricated quotes used in his stories and created fake email accounts impersonating his editors. Calling it a “pattern of deception,” Intercept Editor in Chief Betsy Reed laid out, in full detail, the extent of former staff reporter Juan Thompson’s ethical lapses, including his attempts to defraud sources and create entirely fake stories built around seemingly nonexistent people. Among the stories the online outlet has retracted in the wake of Thompson’s deception: an interview with “Scott Roof,” the supposed cousin of Charleston shooter Dylann Roof. After calling the gunman’s family, the Intercept learned that no such “Scott” existed.

Thompson is using his treatment for cancer as the reason why he can't defend himself. Well, that and race. There are plenty of working journalists who have the knowledge and experience to report their stories, and their skin color is irrelevant. Thompson throws himself one hell of a pity party. He's an eloquent writer, probably has a lot of talent, but nobody trained him to be a journalist. He won't take down the Intercept but he probably should. Apparently, the government isn't the only institution that lies about things.

And if there's one thing that pisses me off, it's that the stock and trade of The Intercept is guilt by association. Well, guess what you've been associated with, suckers.

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Juan Thompson is Your New Stephen Glass


I read the Gawker excerpt, and then I read this blurb, and, really, it's just pathetic:
A reporter for The Intercept as revealed to have fabricated quotes used in his stories and created fake email accounts impersonating his editors. Calling it a “pattern of deception,” Intercept Editor in Chief Betsy Reed laid out, in full detail, the extent of former staff reporter Juan Thompson’s ethical lapses, including his attempts to defraud sources and create entirely fake stories built around seemingly nonexistent people. Among the stories the online outlet has retracted in the wake of Thompson’s deception: an interview with “Scott Roof,” the supposed cousin of Charleston shooter Dylann Roof. After calling the gunman’s family, the Intercept learned that no such “Scott” existed.
Thompson is using his treatment for cancer as the reason why he can't defend himself. Well, that and race. There are plenty of working journalists who have the knowledge and experience to report their stories, and their skin color is irrelevant. Thompson throws himself one hell of a pity party. He's an eloquent writer, probably has a lot of talent, but nobody trained him to be a journalist. He won't take down the Intercept but he probably should. Apparently, the government isn't the only institution that lies about things.

And if there's one thing that pisses me off, it's that the stock and trade of The Intercept is guilt by association. Well, guess what you've been associated with, suckers.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Way to Go, Dumbasses


There's a company in Toronto you don't want to work for.

It's something called askfortask.com and it recently experimented with using a nap room to help their overworked employees cope with being exhausted at work. When they discovered that their exhausted employees were actually, um, exhausted, they call the idea a failure.

News flash--tired people are tired because they're either overworked or don't have any life skills. Which one would you choose if you knew that this company was working people 70 hours a week? And why are we still having a debate over the wisdom of treating people like human beings and respecting their work-life balance? If you treat the people who work for you like cattle, they're going to sabotage your company and leave. Fast.

Run, don't walk away from these Canadians.