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  •  Warehouses will never be a good place to work (9+ / 0-)

    My father-in-law did maintainance work at one for 6 months, then quit.  Why did he quit?

    Because warehouses don't produce wealth.  No productive activity occurs there, other than moving boxes around.  So while a factory or engineering center will be viewed as a source of wealth production, a warehouse will always be viewed as just costly overhead.

    My father-in-law told me every decision made was about doing it cheaper and cutting costs.  Maintainance budgets were cut, he wasn't allowed to do his job the way it needed to be done.  Corners were cut everywhere and the workers were overworked.

    The CEOs are only going to pay as much for a warehouse as they absolutely have to.  And with our unemployment rates and surplus labor, they'll fire workers and hire cheaper ones.

    •  Hmmm (1+ / 0-)
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      happymisanthropy

      Isn't this the problem?

      Shouldn't ANY job worth doing be a good place to work?  Safe, fair pay, fair standards of conduct, etc.?

      :)
      Ooops

      Sorry, just my utopianism talking again...

      Rick
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      Fox News - We Distort, You Deride

      by rick on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 10:44:16 AM PST

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    •  Warehouses can produce value (3+ / 0-)
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      edwardssl, znthahmed378, Tuba Les

      to consumers... if they distribute those boxes and their contents quickly and accurately, with minimal damage. I would imagine that the same factors that allow warehouses to be managed well also create healthy working conditions for employees.

      Companies that run warehouses should be required to play on the same level playing field, ensuring basic safety. I'm glad to see the state enforcing those requirements, and I'm glad that the issue of retaliation is getting press -- because it should be punished as well.

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