Overworked and exhausted, warehouse workers brace for a frenzied holiday rush

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The Washington Post quotes Beth Gutelius, associate director of the Center for Urban Economic Development and senior researcher at Great Cities Institute, in a story on the pressure that warehouse workers across the country have faced during the pandemic and how retailers’ holiday sales starting earlier will intensify the workload for these employees.

“We see it every year: When demand increases, so does the pressure on warehouse workers,” said Beth Gutelius, associate director of the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “This year, many workers are already operating at elevated levels because of the pandemic. Then you layer the holiday peak season on top of that, along with a surge of new hires, and there are real questions about worker safety.”

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