Friday, January 25, 2019

GET ME REWRITE: Low-paying, dangerous jobs surge, and Kenosha County is at the heart of the boom

Warehousing jobs surge, and Kenosha County is at the heart of boom.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/24/2019)
Average hourly pay for warehousing isn’t available by county. But Amazon, which has 2,500 full-time jobs in Kenosha, only recently raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Over the last three years, average hourly pay figures posted on range from $11.50 for stocking associates and $11.51 for material handlers to $13.77 for warehouse workers.

$11.50 per hour adds up to $23,920 for a full-time (40 hours per week) job.

Nowhere near a living wage.

1.  Heavy equipment
2.  Slips and trips
3.  Falls
4.  Fires
5.  Heavy materials
6.  Harmful substances
7.  Ergonomics
8.  Moving parts
9.  Falling objects
10.  Lack of education

Related reading:
Amazon pushes workers to the limit.  (Seattle Times, 8/17/2015)
Amazon drivers say they are pushed to the limit as holiday deliveries reach a frenzy.  (Los Angeles Times, 12/16-2016)
An Amazon worker speaks: ‘Workers feel extremely exploited’  (Workers World, 3/19/2018)

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