15th Annual Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture for Outstanding EHS Investigative Reporting
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Social Concerns, Special
Temp Land: Working in the New Economy
Presenter: Michael Grabell, Investigative Reporter, ProPublica, New York, NY.
Since the recession, the U.S. economy has seen record growth in blue-collar temp work – an industry sector in which workers suffer high injury rates and often face fees that depress their pay below minimum wage. The growth has led to a proliferation of what researchers have begun to call “temp towns,” where workers wait for hours in labor halls in a modern-day version of the “shape up” or line up in alleyways for neighborhood labor brokers known as “raiteros” to shuttle them to the supply chain of some of America’s largest companies. Grabell, an investigative reporter for ProPublica, will take us to these temp towns and present a new data analysis, which shows that temp workers have higher injury rates than regular employees doing the same type of work. Grabell will tell the stories of workers and lessons learned from the data, interviews, and OSHA investigative files.