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Oct 13, 2015 16:49 |  #1

This is very disturbing if proven true.

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"In the main B&H warehouse located in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, the walls and ceilings are insulated with fiberglass that fills the air and flecks off onto the worker’s skin, causing rashes, respiration problems and daily nosebleeds, employees say. Inside a second warehouse, on Evergreen Avenue in Brooklyn, employees say they have worked amid asbestos-insulated tubing. “They would tell us to clean the tubes,” recalled maintenance worker Miguel Angel Muñoz Meneses, “but nobody wanted to touch them.”

The men, many of whom are undocumented, testify of suffering from kidney stones, dizziness and fainting after being denied access to water or bathroom breaks. They say there is often a lack of basic safety equipment. “If we ask for gloves, they answer that they do not have gloves, because gloves are too expensive,” said Isaias Rojas, a B&H employee.

One man reported he was badly cut while lifting boxes, and the managers refused to call an ambulance, instead advising him to simply wait until the bleeding stopped. Another said a manager threw hot water on him and slapped his face. Others report those who complain are fired or threatened with deportation.

“They treat us as if we were animals,” Florencio Salgado said. “We are involved in this because we are tired of being abused.”"


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Oct 13, 2015 19:23 |  #2

that's crazy 'cause i was just there this past sunday and as soon as i walked out the store, there was people rallying. i didnt pay much attention to it but im pretty sure it involves this issue.




  
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Oct 13, 2015 20:42 |  #3

ksbal wrote in post #17744277 (external link)
This is very disturbing if proven true.

Absolutely agree. Thanks for posting this issue, I had no idea.


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Oct 13, 2015 23:04 |  #4

Sounds like Union propaganda. I'm sure there is truth to this, as well as an agenda to be pushed. Interested in learning all the facts. No one should be mistreated on the job. : (




  
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Oct 13, 2015 23:31 |  #5

texkam wrote in post #17744691 (external link)
Sounds like Union propaganda.

Really? It sounds to me like what can happen when there's no union.

Indeed, according to the article, these workers don't have a union.

“We are here today to demand our rights,” declared B&H worker Raul Pedraza, minutes before he, Orellana and dozens of their co-workers flooded into the megastore in Manhattan to deliver a letter listing their demands, which include safer working conditions, fewer hours and a recognition of their petition to join the United Steelworkers union.


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Oct 13, 2015 23:32 |  #6

Lol why im not surprised


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Oct 14, 2015 01:47 |  #7

@Oh,
Not disagreeing with you. Read my post. I'm smart enough to know that quite often the real story lies somewhere in the middle. I'm certainly not going to base a buying decision on just one article. On the other hand, if this proves to be 100% true, how many here will have the guts to follow through and not do business with them? And if you think you'll just switch to Amazon, read this. OMG!
http://www.ibtimes.com …odel-internet-age-1514780 (external link)




  
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Oct 14, 2015 02:03 |  #8

OhLook wrote in post #17744713 (external link)
Really? It sounds to me like what can happen when there's no union.

Indeed, according to the article, these workers don't have a union.

Uh, you noticed that the USW is trying to get them to unionize right? This sort of thing is exactly what you see when unions try to move in. I'm not saying that it's not true, but I've seen unions in action and believe me, hyperbole can be quite the understatement.


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Oct 14, 2015 10:54 |  #9

texkam wrote in post #17744810 (external link)
@Oh, . . . I'm certainly not going to base a buying decision on just one article. On the other hand, if this proves to be 100% true, how many here will have the guts to follow through and not do business with them? And if you think you'll just switch to Amazon, read this. OMG!
http://www.ibtimes.com …odel-internet-age-1514780 (external link)

I decided some time ago not to deal with Amazon. Their effect on the disappearance of independent bookstores gave me a bad feeling. Then I read about their business practices. But why give more credence to reports about Amazon than to this report about B&H?

I'd rather shop locally anyway. It's better for the local economy if you don't send your consumer dollars out of town.

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Uh, you noticed that the USW is trying to get them to unionize right?

I noticed that a substantial number of the workers were trying to unionize.


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Oct 14, 2015 11:29 |  #10

A couple years back they were found to be paying their minority and woman workers less for the same work, to make it go away they just settled out of court.


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Oct 14, 2015 11:30 |  #11
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[..]I'd rather shop locally anyway. It's better for the local economy if you don't send your consumer dollars out of town[..]

Unfortunately, local stores hardly carry what you need anymore. I've been in need of sheets of colour correction gels for some time: NO local store carries them, even other large stores in Ontario don't have them. B&H or Adorama are the only choices. The same is true for most of the equipment I need. Heck, not even gaffer tape do these places have, ain't that ridiculous?

Regardless, and even though I'm strongly anti-unions and fiercely opposed to illegal immigration, I'm disgusted with B&H. I just hope Adorama isn't doing the same thing.


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Oct 14, 2015 11:59 |  #12

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.....I just hope Adorama isn't doing the same thing.

The guys in our warehouse DID ask for union representation; I think it was about a year ago, and I know with 100% certainty that some statements that were made at the time were very obviously and proveably completely made up - to the point of silliness! All the relevant paperwork and procedures were put in place....and the workers changed their minds!! No idea why.



  
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Oct 14, 2015 16:24 |  #13

Hmm, the article was published in aljazeera.com. Anti-Semitic bias? Just saying ...


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Oct 14, 2015 18:21 |  #14

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Hmm, the article was published in aljazeera.com. Anti-Semitic bias? Just saying ...

LOL seriously? "Additional reporting by Jonah Markowitz"


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Oct 14, 2015 18:36 |  #15

This saying is very old but definitely applies today. Don't believe anything you hear or read and
only half of what you see. Judging by some of these posts some of you seem to be quite gullible.




  
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