4 years ago: Temp workers in America. Michael Grabell @ProPublica

May 07, 12:00 AM



English: Alaska Mercantile Company's warehouses and main store, Nome, October 1, 1906


English: Caption on image: Rear view of Alaska Mercantile Co.'s warehouses 4, 5, 6 and Main store, Nome, Alaska, Oct. 1st 1906. F.H. Nowell, 5265

Subjects (LCTGM): Warehouses--Alaska--Nome; Stores & shops--Alaska--Nome; Railroad tracks--Alaska--Nome

Subjects (LCSH): Alaska Mercantile Company

Depicted place Nome

Date 1906


English: Silver gelatin, b&w : 8 x 10 in.


English: Frank H. Nowell)



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4 years ago: Temp workers in America. @MichaelGrabell @ProPublica


But Herrera works in the United States, which has some of the weakest labor protections for temp workers in the developed world, according to data compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which produces research on behalf of 34 of the world’s industrialized nations.

Since the 2007-09 recession, temp work has been one of the fastest growing segments of the economy. But a ProPublica investigation into this burgeoning industry over the past year has documented an array of problems. Temps have worked for the same company for as long as 11 years, never getting hired on full-time. Companies have assigned temps to the most dangerous jobs. In several states, data showed that temps are three times more likely than regular workers to suffer amputations on the job. And even some of the country’s largest companies have relied on immigrant labor brokers and fly-by-night temp agencies that have cheated workers out of their wages.