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    Workers said they were forced to endure brutal heat inside the sprawling warehouse and were pushed to work at a pace many could not sustain. Employees were frequently reprimanded regarding their productivity and threatened with termination, workers said. The consequences of not meeting work expectations were regularly on display, as employees lost their jobs and got escorted out of the warehouse. Such sights encouraged some workers to conceal pain and push through injury lest they get fired as well, workers said.
    http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-a...001,full.story
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    Unfortunately that's a necessary evil. Companies have already learned that American consumers want low prices above all else. That is why nearly everything is made in China. China does not have minimum-wage laws and therefore provides very cheap labor. Cheap enough to make it not only economical but necessary to have things built in China, if they are to be priced competitively.

    Having a minimum wage means we also need to have a minimum level of productivity in order to remain competitive while paying that wage. This has a cumulative affect on the market, meaning higher wages require a higher minimum level of productivity. In unskilled labor jobs, that can and will lead to conditions like we are reading about at Amazon. I experienced similar while working at UPS, just out of college.

    The lesson? Stay in school, so you can work smart instead of working hard. Otherwise, learn to love working very hard. I enjoyed UPS, myself. Was never in better shape.
    Touchscreens are a fad.

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