21 Dec '11, 6pm

Jargon Watch: "Workampers" Follow Seasonal Jobs By RV

Jargon Watch: "Workampers" Follow Seasonal Jobs By RV

Fernley, Nevada is the site of one of Amazon's giant warehouses, and every year they hire thousands of temporary workers for the Christmas rush. It is a new kind of work, much like the migrant workers who follow the crops. Instead, in this case most are retirees in recreational vehicles. According to Stu Woo in the Wall Street Journal, 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. It is part of a special program by amazon: Amazon said it hires RV residents for the autumn in three locations, Fernley, Campbellsville and Coffeyville, Kan., as part of a program called CamperForce, w...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/economics/jargon-watch-workampe...

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