modern slavery

Social justice  is one of the trifecta  of sustainability (the other two are environmental and economics).  But modern slavery still exists, in our own backyards…and most of us unknowingly contribute to it. Sure, Apple i-phones and apparel, food, etc. are sometimes purchased from dubious factories that are not exactly upward on the scale of social justice, BUT…

….if you get frequent package shipments to your home,  you are contributing to the work load of truckers and mega-warehouse workers – both working within slavery conditions.  Consider this:

Truckers

Most of our packages are delivered from a seaport to a central warehouse to our homes by trucks.The next time you’re rollin’ at 70+mph next to a couple 18 wheelers, consider the condition of the driver.  Here’s one of the stories behind truckers. A recent USA Today Report shows one truck driver making 67cents/week!

Thousands of drivers work up to 20 hours a day, sometimes for pennies. When they get sick or refuse to keep working, trucking companies fire them and take their truck lease payments and more.  USATODAY.COM article link here:
 “A yearlong investigation by the USA TODAY Network found that port trucking companies in southern California have spent the past decade forcing drivers to finance their own trucks by taking on debt they could not afford. Companies then used that debt as leverage to extract forced labor and trap drivers in jobs that left them destitute.”
Amazon warehouse slaves
We’re all into instant gratification.  You order some stuff on the Internet and it shows up three hours later. How could all the things that need to happen, make that happen so fast?
And soon a drone may deliver it within the hour, and teleportation coming soon…  yikes!
Warehouse handlers making $7.25/hour and hundreds of people anxiously on the wait list for these jobs that are way below the poverty line.   Stress leave,  illnesses,  quitting and reapplying, are all part of the daily grind of warehouse slaves.
Do you really want to support the corporate behemoths that continue this by design?  Can’t we put robots in place of humans for this?
some links to explore:
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Solutions?  Until driverless trucks and robotic warehouses are a reality,  I minimize ordering ‘stuff’.  I do things this way:  1) Do I really need this?  2) Can I borrow it from somebody?  3)Does the local HfH Resource/hospice/SaverMart have it?  4)Can I buy it locally? And after a few weeks if I still really need it, I’ll order it along with a whole bunch of other stuff and get it delivered to a post office.
Outside of not using a shipping service, there’s only so much you can do.  Combining orders, picking up your package at a brick&mortar store, using a mail center or post office where thousands of packages are delivered more efficiently are all better than a UPS/FedEx driver trucking all the way to your home to deliver one small package.

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