Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Seasonal Amazon 'Workampers' Flock to Remote Towns for Temporary Gigs - WSJ.com

Sign of the times

Many of these employees belong to the community of "workampers," a sort of modern-day migrant worker. Many of them are retirees who spend all or part of the year living in RVs and taking odd seasonal jobs around the country. While some workers really need the money, others said they take the gigs to help fund their adventures or just for fun.

Many current and former seasonal workers said Amazon pays decent wages—about $12 an hour plus overtime in Fernley, which is about 50% better than minimum wage here. But that is in exchange for long hours and tedious labor.

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Seasonal Amazon 'Workampers' Flock to Remote Towns for Temporary Gigs - WSJ.com

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