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Rising use of 'perma-temp' workers is stirring up a legislative fight
Rising use of 'perma-temp' workers is stirring up a legislative fight

Employers across California increasingly are cutting labor costs by using long-term temporary workers — and not employees — to pick crops, sew garments, clean hotel rooms, flip burgers and toil in a range of low-wage industries. This trend toward "perma-temps" has alarmed workers, labor unions and their allies who are concerned about the growth of so-called staffing agencies that do the hiring of these temporary workers and handle the wages. The use of these workers and their treatment are the focus of a major battle in Sacramento this year between organized labor and business groups. Nationwide, there were about 3.4 million so-called staffing-agency jobs last year,...

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