Restoring Accountability for Temp Work
The rise of temp and staffing work is a key part of a larger story about how corporations, starting in the latter half of the twenty-first century, largely abandoned their bargain with workers—a bargain Black, Latino, and other workers were largely left out of the first place, it is important to note—by hyper-fixating on profits at the expense of basic workplace standards.
Today, the competition between staffing agencies to undercut rivals’ bids places downward pressure on wages and working conditions across a wide variety of industries. Increasingly, Black and Latino workers are shunted into low-wage, dead-end staffing jobs where there is pervasive discrimination and health and safety violations.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can restore employer accountability.
Companies can succeed by treating workers fairly and honoring their responsibilities as employers. Together, we can ensure that jobs in the “contract economy” are good jobs.
Learn more about NELP’s work to build accountability in temp and staffing work through research, campaign, and legal support.