Labor Notes, the ongoing beacon of labor journalism, ran this piece by Jane Slaughter on the rise of management bullying of workers:
A Labor Notes survey this month found harassment in the workplace at unprecedented levels, with a sharp uptick since the recession began. It may be that a measurable chunk of the unemployed have been harassed out of their jobs, fired rather than laid off.
Union members report increases in verbal abuse, discipline including discharge, crackdowns on attendance, surveillance, hassling to work faster, forced overtime, and a concerted effort to get rid of older workers. “It’s at a level that I have not seen equaled in my 20 years with the company,” said Seattle UPS driver Dan Scott.
This is entirely consistent with other indicators, as we have noted before on this blog.
For the full article, “Harassment: The Recession’s Hidden Byproduct”: http://labornotes.org/node/2349