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The Blue-Collar Hellscape of the Startup Industry

Tvetten, Julianne

Publisher:  In These Times
Date Written:  29/11/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

The tactics and work environments at tech companies, including Amazon, show a disregard for the fundamental health, safety and humanity of low-tier workers, demonstrating what laissez-faire startup-styled late capitalism really looks like.



Tesla's factory conditions evoke those reported at another Silicon Valley darling: Blue Apron. In the fall of 2016, BuzzFeed detailed the consequences of the lax hiring practices and safety standards governing the food-delivery company's Richmond, Calif. warehouse. Employees reported pain and numbness from the frigid indoor temperatures and injuries from warehouse equipment. Many filed police reports stating co-workers had punched, choked, bitten or groped them, amid threats of violence with knives, guns and bombs.


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