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June 14th, 2013 at 9:04 am

“I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave,” by Mac McClelland — Best Busines Writing 2013

In “I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave,” originally published in Mother Jones and included in The Best Business Writing 2013, Mac McClelland describes her experiences working at a warehouse for an Internet company. She describes conditions in which workers are tightly monitored and work under difficult, even painful conditions as they are pressured to pick items as quickly as possible so they can get out to customers. Given the scarcity of jobs, the workers have little choice but to endure the difficult, frequently unreasonable demands.

Below is an excerpt from the article:


  1. Mark LaFlaur says:

    I have read some of this article and it is powerful indeed. Just one correction, please: Mac McClelland is a woman (and a very impressive one indeed). Ms. Mac McClelland. Here is photographic evidence: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34083773@N03/5001711865/in/photolist-8BZ5Ft-8BZ5SB

  2. Mark LaFlaur says:

    Addendum: First sentence uses pronoun “his”; second sentence is correct with “She.”

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