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A shot from Edward R. Murrow's television special 'Harvest of Shame,' on the left, bears a striking resemblance to the photograph on the right of Chicago temp workers boarding a bus in the early morning hours of Jan. 18, 2013.

Half a century ago, the legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow came to this pancake-flat town in central New Jersey to document the plight of migrant farmworkers for a television special called “Harvest of Shame.” Today, many of Cranbury’s potato fields have been built up with giant warehouses that form a distribution hub off Exit 8A of the Jersey Turnpike. But amid this 21st century system of commerce, an old way of labor persists. Read more»

Rosa Ramirez waits to be called for a job at the temp agency Staffing Network in Hanover Park, Ill., on Jan. 21, 2013.

In cities all across the country, workers stand on street corners, line up in alleys or wait in a neon-lit beauty salon for rickety vans to whisk them off to warehouses miles away. Some vans are so packed that to get to work, people must squat on milk crates, sit on the laps of passengers they do not know or sometimes lie on the floor, the other workers’ feet on top of them. Read more»

Carlos Centeno with his partner, Velia Carbot. Centeno was employed as a temp worker at a Chicago-area factory in 2011 when a solution of hot water and citric acid erupted from a 500-gallon tank, burning him over 80 percent of his body.

America currently has 2.5 million temporary, or contingent, workers — a growing but mostly invisible group of laborers who often toil in the least desirable, most dangerous jobs. Such workers are hurt more frequently than permanent employees and their injuries often go unrecorded. Read more»

A state lawmaker wants Arizona voters to decide in November whether to allow a lower minimum wage for tipped workers and younger part-time and temporary employees. Read more»

New applications for weekly unemployment benefits jumped last week, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday, rising to a six-week high of 399,000 in the week ending Jan. 7, a 24,000 increase on the previous week’s total of 375,000. Read more» 2