Temp Nation

“The people here are not day laborers looking for an odd job from a passing contractor. They load the trucks and stock the shelves for some of the U.S.’s largest companies — Walmart, Nike, PepsiCo’s Frito-­Lay division — but they are not paid by them.” This report from Time and ProPublica describes how many big corporations are saving big bucks by outsourcing jobs to temp agencies. Walmart is the nation’s largest employer. On at least one list, Kelly Services, a staffing agency, is number two. Meet the expendables.

+ Bloomberg: Could court rulings put an end to unpaid internships? (Related question: Where the hell is my coffee?)

+ Speaking of the changing workplace, have you seen the photos of this U.S. employer who is being held captive by his employees at a Chinese factory?

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