A “Freedom Ride” for Temporary Workers

Hundreds of temporary workers and their supporters are expected to hit the road this week, riding from east Boston to south Boston to protest oppressive labor conditions. The protest has been organized by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health a Public Welfare Foundation grantee, along with other groups. 

The protesters, who compare themselves to the civil rights era “freedom riders,” are mobilizing against a growing number of unregulated employment agencies in Massachusetts that have been abusing workers, according to a recent report, while also prospering significantly.  

According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst report, which was commissioned by MassCOSH, approximately 25,000 temporary workers in the state work at hazardous jobs every day. Yet unregulated employment agencies routinely fail to give workers sufficient information about the jobs to which they are being sent, expose them to dangerous conditions and do not provide adequate treatment for injuries. 

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