Spencer Soper's award-winning work on the deplorable conditions at an Amazon fulfillment center here in the Lehigh Valley has earned the Morning Call writer a nomination for journalism's greatest honor: The Tribune Co. is nominating Soper's Amazon exposé for a Pulitzer Prize. I've talked about Spencer's work a good deal in this space, and it's … Continue reading Spencer Soper for the Pulitzer? Yes, Please!
Jon Geeting has a cost/benefit quote from Paul Krugman about the new Mercury and Air Toxins Standards (MATS) announced by EPA this week, and some thoughts about the GenOn issue here in our backyard. As I commented on Jon's blog: Jon, thanks for posting on this. In my capacity as Outreach Director for the Air … Continue reading Going to the MATS for Air Quality in Pennsylvania (and Look For Me in the Morning Call Next Week)
I've heard some people in this here Valley saying that Amazon was justified in keeping warehouse workers, often clad in nothing more than t-shirts and short, outside in the wee hours of the morning in the freezing cold for ridiculously long periods of time. Oh, they're not saying it exactly that way. Remember, the evacuations … Continue reading Amazon Workers Left Out In the Cold: Excuses Expose Amazon’s Sustainability Issues
Thank you, Spencer Soper, for staying on Amazon. An excerpt from yet another Amazon expose filed by Soper at The Morning Call: On Nov. 27, someone activated the fire alarm in the Amazon warehouse at 3:26 a.m., forcing an evacuation, according to court documents. Amazon maintains the evacuation lasted approximately one hour and 45 minutes. … Continue reading Hell Freezes Over: Amazon.com’s PA Sweatshop Workers Endured Extreme Cold During Late Night Evacuations
I hate when people say "I told you so." I also hate when people say "I hate to say 'I told you so.'" Since lots of people have been saying a lot of what follows for a long time, let's get right down to it. Beyond anecdote and intuition, Matt Assad, Scott Kraus and Eugene … Continue reading Lehigh Valley Families Earn Less, Drive More
It's bad enough that 100 years later, no collective labor rights exist for people now working on the site of Bethlehem Steel. Now we have an in-depth report from the Allentown Morning Call about conditions at the Amazon.com warehouses in Breinigsville that make the Lehigh Valley sound like Shenzhen. Please read the whole thing here. Below … Continue reading So I’ll Be Boycotting Amazon.com Because of the Sweatshop they Put Up in My Back Yard (How About You?)
I want to thank Scott Kraus of the Allentown Morning Call for his reportage on the Sixth Street Shelter expansion. Alan Jennings, Marsha Eichelberger, Tony Sundermeier, and I are quoted in Scott's piece in yesterday's edition. Please read it here, and whether you're near or far to the locales and missions we're talking about in Allentown, … Continue reading Sixth Street Shelter Expansion: A Mission in Allentown, A Call to Faithful Engagement