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Workers’ Rights

In the ceaseless push for profits, corporate accountability and safety often take a back seat.
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New York Times story on labor brokers has ties to CIR probe

Top outsourcing firms deluge the federal government with applications for H-1B visas, sidelining smaller American employers, according to The New York Times. This echoes findings of our investigation last year, which found that labor brokers had exploited Indian tech workers at some of America’s top companies.

Rape on the Night Shift

Hell of a job

In Reveal’s July episode, we examine the hidden problem of sexual assault of female janitors on the night shift; explore the legacy of toxic chemicals used in electronics manufacturing, both here and in Asia; and take to the fields to explore why it was so hard to ban a tool that was injuring agricultural workers.

Jul 4, 2015
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The long tale of the short-handled hoe

A historic battle over workers’ rights in California started over a simple tool: the short-handled hoe. Known as a “cortito” in Spanish, this short hoe became a symbol of cruelty, oppression and literally back-breaking labor until a lawyer in the early 1970s was able to bring the issue to the state Supreme Court.

Jul 4, 2015
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Toxic tech in America

In 1975, when she was 18, Yvette Flores got a job assembling parts for some of the first supermarket checkout scanners. It took 30 years before she connected her daily chemical exposure at the Silicon Valley manufacturing plant to her son’s severe disabilities.

Jul 4, 2015
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