Amazon’s Penn. Warehouse is a Real Sweat Shop

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Apparently chiseling on collecting taxes isn’t the only way that Amazon.com has become so profitable. In Pennsylvania, temporary employees literally work until they drop in an unairconditioned warehouse¬†during the summer months to make $11 t0 $12, according to an investigation conducted by The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Penn.

From The Morning Call:¬†During the past two months, The Morning Call interviewed 20 current and former warehouse workers who showed pay stubs, tax forms or other proof of employment. They offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it’s like to work in the Amazon warehouse, where temperatures soar on hot summer days, production rates are difficult to achieve and the permanent jobs sought by many temporary workers hired by an outside agency are tough to get.

Only one of the employees interviewed described it as a good place to work.

An emergency room doctor in June called federal regulators to report an “unsafe environment” after he treated several Amazon warehouse workers for heat-related problems. The doctor’s report was echoed by warehouse workers who also complained to regulators, including a security guard who reported seeing pregnant employees suffering in the heat.

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