Horror! Mother Jones exposes America’s non-ergonomically friendly working conditions

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We apologize if the following story is just too difficult to read. This is a sad – very sad – report. Mother Jones has released the results of an investigation it did into the work conditions of average Americans at a Mississippi warehouse. And the results are shocking.

“And we want to start here if we could. This is very sad. It really is very tragic,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Do we have any music to go with it?”

Cue the sad and depressing music to supplement this gut-wrenching discovery.

“The audio we’re going to play for you is an undercover exposé,” Glenn said somberly. “If you go undercover and take your microphones and cameras and you start to go into some of these sweat shops. You won’t believe what some of these giant corporations are asking people to do.”

“This is actual audio. We are verifying this is not Communist China,” Glenn joked. “They did get this. But the conditions are beyond imagination, and the music says it all. Here’s a poor woman going in just trying to make a living. And look at what these evil capitalists have done. Thank goodness Mother Jones is there to expose the horrors of American capital.”

“If you’re driving, please pull over. If you have children, excuse them from the room,” Glenn warned. “You know, you are going to change your mind about America and capitalism when you hear this expose from Mother Jones.”

The woman speaking the clips below is the undercover reporter from Mother Jones who debunked this groundbreaking story.

VOICE: You can get in trouble for not doing enough. If I said I can’t do it. So when someone comes to tell me I’m doing a bad job, and I say, ‘I’m sorry this is the best I can do,’ I will get fired.

“Can you believe if you don’t do a good job you could get fired,” Pat asked exasperatedly.

“Occupy this factory,” Stu added.

But it gets worse…

VOICE: People are running around all day and doing terribly non-ergonomically friendly actions over and over and over again because you have to get down on the floor to pick up where a lot of the things are stocked, and reach up on your tippy toes. All the angles are uncomfortable. Everybody has joint pain, and knee pain, and back pain. And it’s like that for 10 and a half to 12 hours a day…

Now you might be thinking, how bad could non-ergonomically friendly working conditions be? Really, really bad. Everything is not at eye-level, and she is on her tippy toes for Pete’s sake!

“I want you to brace yourself. Imagine you’re in a place where they’ve already made you engage in ergonomically unfriendly actions. You are on your tippy toes from time to time reaching down to pick things up off the floor,” Glenn said before playing another piece of this tragedy.

VOICE: It’s funny you mention China. I asked if I could go to the bathroom during one of my first shifts on one of my first days. This isn’t China. In fact if I chose to go to bathroom that meant I would have to work twice as hard when I got back from the bathroom in order to make up for the time I missed because I would be behind in my goals. It’s authoritarian, and really awful, impersonal, and horrible work experience.

Listen to what this tortured individual is spending her day laboring for:

VOICE: I think having a wage is great. It depends on which obviously having a job is better than not having a job. The thing about these jobs is they will have to have somebody do them. But they don’t have to do them so uncomfortably.

How horrible is it that people in this country are uncomfortably working for wages in non-ergonomically friendly work environments?

“You would never be uncomfortable doing your job. You can go to the bathroom for as long as you wanted. You would never be fired if you couldn’t do the job. Just a few minutes ago I thought that’s the world we lived in,” Glenn lamented.

Glenn, Pat, Stu clearly had a good time with this story, but all kidding aside, it is this type of entitlement culture that is dooming America.

“What the hell happened to you with your parents,” Glenn asked. “No, you’re just dumb as a box of rocks. You’re doomed to mediocrity until you destroy America!”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Welcome to the new reality under the Obama administration; destruction and delusion twisted into uttermost insanity.

  • landofaahs

    Is that Van Jones’ mother? 

    • MarsBarsTru7

       You *do* know who “Mother” Jones was, right?

      • landofaahs

        Just another liberal mother…. Or MoJo or Mary Harris or just another liberal publishing I ignore and never read. especially ones based out of SF.

        • MarsBarsTru7

          “Mother” Jones was a labor organizer of the late 19th century and on into the early 20th Century, known for championing miners specifically. She was a socialist and co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World. She was a member of the Knights of Labor, was associated with the United Mine Workers, and the Socialist Party of America and was associated with the communist labor leader “Big” Bill Haywood. I don’t know if she had any direct connections to other communist organizations outside of the Socialist Party of America though.

          The Mother Jones website and publication are named after her.

          Note: “Big” Bill Haywood was another co-founder of the Industrial Workers of the World and was an executive in the Socialist Party of America. He was convicted of espionage and fled to the early incarnation of the Soviet Union and lived there for the rest of his life.

          That’s the type of people “Mother Jones” was created by and is now run by.

          • landofaahs

            Yes, yes, yes. You did know I was trying to be humorous don’t you? Anyway, globalism has only one upside in my opinion and that is to give relief to people who want to flee the tyranny of the unions.

          • MarsBarsTru7

            Sorry. The humor was lost on me. No fault of yours. I’m just wore out dealing with idiots all day and I’m feeling especially prickly and preachy. Anyway, not to toot my own horn, but I did put a smile on my own face with a fun little dialogue I typed out on the “The Dem’s Final Tactic” article about the Karl Rove protest. Check it out if you have the time. I feel like sharing my laugh – that is, if you actually think it’s funny. Hopefully your humor button won’t be as off as mine was when I read your comment.

            P.s. Landofaahs… Just made me say “Aaah”.

            P.p.s. Flee where? We’re not “The last great hope” anymore.

          • Anonymous

            They must really be hurting for subscribers, Mars.  Rec’d an

            offer from them for a year’s subscription for $10.  Don’t see a

            bargain like that every day.  Tempted to take them up on it. : )

          • greywolfrs

            I did not know all of that. There are so many communist organizations it is difficult to keep up with them all. That is good to know, though.

  • Anonymous

    Give her a break.  I don’t think you guys really understand what kind of strain moving can put on a persons body.  Like standing on tippy toes.  Or picking something up. No person should ever be subject to such things.  What if, due to a total lack of effort to do anything productive throughout her life, she was a bit out of shape and she had sore calves from standing on her tip toes.  Then she’d insist she’d have to stay in bed for a couple days to recover and be docked points.  Not fair.  She could be fired for not showing up! Another problem with America.  You guys just don’t understand.

    • Anonymous

      As an American let me be the first to say that I  agree with you, we don’t understand you nor wish to.

      Out of curiosity, what country do you come from that does understand this?

      • MarsBarsTru7

         It was sarcasm.

        • Anonymous

          Well I was right wasn’t I? I didn’t understand it. LOL

          What sad times we have come upon when something so sarcastic is taken seriously because a certain political party believes every word of it.

          • MarsBarsTru7

            You’re absolutely right. It’s completely excusable that you didn’t get the sarcasm considering that it’s not off base from what some of those lunatics on the left believe.

    • Anonymous

      Sarcasm intended, correct? LMAO

      • Anonymous

        Sarcasm as extreme as I could make it.  Sorry, Doctor_Zaius, if you didn’t pick up on that.  I think this lady’s report is the most pathetic and preposterous thing I have heard in a long time.  If you don’t feel like working and earning money, move to Europe.  We here in America [should] like to work and make something of ourselves.  I lived in Europe for a few years and saw the kind of problems Mother Jones-like thinking causes.  I wish some people would wake up and learn to make something of themselves.  That’s what America is about, not being taken care of by arrogant politicians (read Pres. Obama & co.) that think they know what’s best for us.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/zentairrguy Mvk Zentairrguy

    I used to have respect for what Glenn was doing. But after this, it’s gone down the tubes. WAKE UP, GLENN! This is what the working people in America are having to put up with and the sad part is, it went on even during the good times under G.W. Bush!

    What you and the guys described is what’s called the “No-Fault” attendence policy that a lot of corporate companies, especially like call centers (I used to work at one, they’re hell holes!), warehouses, any job that has high turnover. I read the policy, and it stated that “This system does not assign judgement on the absence.” This is total BS! It has passed judgement on the absence by making all look like inexcusable crimes, no matter if it may be leaving early for your child’s or elderly parent’s doctor’s appointments, having to leave early for a real family emergency, it makes no distinction, it treats all absences as if the worker was missing work just for the sake of missing work. I worked under this system and it is one that is overly ripe for abuse by the management! 

    Now I do agree that some of the complaints are invalid. But let’s face it, Glenn. Jobs that are run by Corporate America on the blue collar level are being made into “sweat shops” all in the name of saving a few bucks that ultimately wind up in executives pockets anyway. Greed is the driving factor and it affects both executive and hourly worker equally. Instead of making fun of these women who had to put up with the crap, how about taking a very hard look at working conditions ( that are still 100% better than other countries) but are slowly being changed back into what it was 100 years ago before unions, government regulations, labor laws, and so forth. And I’m not big government either. But both sides are making the middle class into a football to be kicked around and then treated like a mushroom. 

    • MarsBarsTru7


      For crying out loud people! I am so sick of hearing people cry about jobs being too hard or wages too low or there simply not being enough jobs and you’re all looking to have the government rectify it. THE GOVERNMENT CREATED THE PROBLEMS! If you should be asking for anything from the government it should be to get the government the hell out of the free market so that people can start their own businesses again. If you don’t like the working conditions, find another job, start your own business, or complain to management but for crying out freaking loud stop whining to the government or as if you’re a victim. You’re adults. Start acting like it and stop expecting everyone to pay you top wages for minimal “ergonomic discomfort”. Sweat shops? Give me a break!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L5T7FPQJVNHBHQ5Q5MJVGYGNYA Mark

        You are right on.  GB is way off base here (totally in left field).  Like those interviewed, I suffered miserably under an oppressive micro-managing bean-counting boss who was part of an entire dysfunctional oppressive chain of command.  Many times I was accused of trumped-up trivial offenses including being late for what could have been no more than a fraction of a minute in an environment where the clocks varied by several minutes.
        After I was fired on trumped-up charges, my union attorney (on my behalf) sued and won a monetary settlement.  Rather than return to such a dysfunctional work place (and risk “going postal”), I was able to retroactively resign (instead of being fired).
        Additional fallout included my boss & immediate chain of command losing any prospects of advancement.  With their careers ruined over their capricious abuse, they were forced into early retirement at terms far less lucrative than they had hoped for.
        Thank God for my union!

      • http://www.facebook.com/mark.arthur.165 Mark Arthur

        What I read….. I had a job that had people that made more money than me in positions above me.  I was Late and didnt know hot to show up 15 min early to a job like MOST normal people.

           After I whined about it alot and made myself noticeable, I was fired. My greedy Union attorney sued bacause he would be paid by the union. Since I didnt really like my job (reason I was late all the time) I quit.

          Im really glad I ruined the jobs of my formor bosses since I will never be paid as much as them. They quit to get another job where they could advance since I was suck a baby I messed their jobs up.

          Thank God Unions make it to where you are overpaid for crappy work!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.arthur.165 Mark Arthur

      Maybe you should SAVE those days til you actually need them like a normal person? How many appointments could you possibly have in a year? you act like if you miss 3 days a year you are fired! get real and grow up. You miss work? Pay the fine. There are others out there that would be happy to have that job!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Swanson/100003242569139 Michael Swanson

      This is one of the funniest bits I’ve ever heard Glenn do! Shall I give you some context? Consider the soldiers in Afghanistan. How about the nurse that is on his/her feet for 12 hour shifts? What about the police officer on the beat in Chicago, LA, Detroit or Philadelphia? This Mother Jones reporter, in my opinion, is totally removed from reality. But then again, most liberals I know are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543522028 Mark S Torres

    I’d love to get these wimps on one of my construction sites…They don’t know the meaning of hard work.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I suppose if you worked in an office, and had to get a
    ream of paper out of the box on the floor and it was too much
    for you,  you could go to the bathroom and get a roll of toilet
    paper that was at arms level and use that to run your copies
    off of.  Please be sure to use clean toilet paper.

  • http://mikeporterinmd.wordpress.com/ Mike Porter

    Glenn, you are an idiot.  Do you understand the concept of ruining your body to make a tiny wage with little to no healthcare?  Hell, even the time to actually obtain the healthcare if you can afford it.  Whatever…  you are a waste of typing.  Go get more stupid people to buy phoney gold coins.

    • greywolfrs

      Actually, you are the stupid one. Welcome to the real world, where a warehouse stores things from floor to ceiling, to make the best use of the space. If you do not like the working conditions, feel free to quit and look for that perfect job. Dunce.

    • Snattlerake

      Good thing this isn’t a farm where the plants don’t grow at eye level, and the cows don’t care when they get milked…

    • MarsBarsTru7

      You are so right. No one should  have to do uncomfortable menial labor. We should just end all the construction work, field work on farms, any work that involves diving, lumberjack work, dish washing and busing tables, line chef jobs, packing jobs, computer work jobs, orchestra jobs (harpists have the highest rate of back-issues in any industry), truck loading jobs, truck driving jobs, landscaping work, scrap iron processing jobs, and … And there are so many more! OH! The worst offender of them all – professional athletes! Those poor people have to train mercilessly for their fat cat team owners! Do away with professional sports for goodness’ sake!

      You are soooo much smarter than Glenn Beck. It’s good to have you around. Please come back to comment all the time. And if you don’t like Glenn’s phony gold coins you could always buy your gold coins here: http://www.moneysaurus.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/chocolate_coins.jpg

  • Anonymous

    It almost appears that these people being taken advantage of would be better off on welfare. Heaven forbid, they would have to bend over or get on their tippy toes to pick up their welfare check. 

  • greywolfrs

    Welcome to the real world, mother Jones. Work places use every available space, for something. They are paying a premium for that space. Does this idiot realize how much it would cost for space to do it the way they are talking? Just like Obamao, never had a real job and doesn’t know the first thing about business, yet is opening their pie hole about something they could not possibly understand.

    • MarsBarsTru7

       If you aren’t familiar with the historical “Mother” Jones read my reply to Landofaahs above.

      • greywolfrs

        I am not familiar with Mother Jones, she sounds about as dumb as Meghan McCain.

  • Anonymous

    WOW! this investigative story is right there with what Breitbart and gang did with planned Parenthood…Oh, I do think that the trainer should use a silver and gold star system instead of points.

  • Anonymous

    I read the text and kept looking for the punch line.   What is this terrible workplace?  Aren’t 

    there state laws in place that allows for just an 8 hour day?  Unless you are being paid for over-

    time.     I really thought this was the complaint of a kindergarden teacher who has to stoop in

    order pick up things from the floor or has to reach on tippy-toes for supplies.

    • Anonymous

      I would think there are state laws for a 40 hour work week.  My dad works 4, 10 hour days then gets friday off unless he wants overtime so 8 hour days i don’t think is a law.  But i agree with you, this is the complaint of a kindergarden teacher. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1039694234 Shelby Solomon

    Want a non-ergonomically-friendly job?  Try being a tar roofer.  It’s only 110 degrees here in Missouri.  I have a cushy office job, but I haven’t always, and have an extreme respect for  anyone working in physically-demanding jobs.  Another good one would be the cop standing outside directing traffic in the summer, under a black uniform, tshirt, and inch-thick ballistics armor.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Austin-Taylor-Greenwood/548486849 Austin Taylor Greenwood

      My 45 year old father and 73 year old grandfather are roofers (though they don’t do much tar). 73 years old! I seriously doubt the whiny person in the article was 73! I wonder if she has ever carried 90lb bundles of shingles up a ladder and tried to move them around a steep roof! What a pathetic lack of work ethic we have here today!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CCIAA6T6UEYPZ7SQM4N6UAWB34 rmgdnnow

    I’m afraid the story was abjectly incomplete.  If the old saying: “The devil is in the details,” then there is no “devil” visible here.  Please do a better job of reporting.

  • Anonymous

    What a whiner

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.venuto Jon Rosario Venuto

    This chick should be the jobs czar.

  • http://twitter.com/Restore_USA_Now Restore USA Now

    Glenn, you are my favorite pundit, but you ramble on when you preface a topic. Please spare me…

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