Amazon.com Warehouse Workers in Stifling Heat Face Painful Static Shocks Daily
Foreign Student Hell at Hershey's Guest Worker Program
Wal-Mart Denys Overtime, Locks in Workers Overnight
T-Mobile Employees Forced to Wear Dunce Caps
Fishing: The Most Dangerous Job is Also The Lowest Paying
Fast Food Employees Strike for Fair Wages, End Discrimination
US Prison Laborers Exploited, Taking Jobs from Working Class
While most rightfully hail the passage of the 13th Amendment against slavery as a milestone in Human Rights, the darker side is that it also institutionalized prison labor. With the US prison population booming at over 2.2 million, there is plenty of free labor to help exploit, er, “rehabilitate” inmates. According to reports, inmates are paid literally pennies an hour and even women are forced to do back breaking labor. However, not only do the corporations reap profits from the use of prison workers, the US taxpayer is still essentially footing the bill for their food and housing.
US Migrant Workers Face Inhuman Conditions
“Super Bowl” of Slavery in the US, Some Work for Military
If you think the 13th Amendment did indeed abolish slavery, think again. Not only is the Super Bowl considered the largest human trafficking event in the world, even companies associated with have been caught using indentured servants. An article in the New Yorker told a harrowing tale of foreigners being lured to Iraq to work for US military contractors and being promised good paying jobs, but ending up living in barbed-wire compounds and being forced to work as cooks or cleaners while being sexually assaulted and abused regularly.