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B&H Photo - largest seller of camera gear in USA exploits workersUpdate from NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/14/nyregion/workers-at-bh-photo-video-citing-hazards-move-to-unionize.html
B&H Photo - largest seller of camera gear in USA exploits workersTwo things: 1) Any AJ/AJA haters just needed to see the word Jew or Jewish once in the story and they'd be off to the races that AJ was targeting a Jewish business. Though I don't necessarily believe the story until someone corroborates it, I actually think it was wise NOT to use either word in the story. 2) The story, again, appears to be about worker abuse, not about a Jewish-run business. I want to stay on topic. Everyone on the internet is getting sidetracked with AJA vs. a Jewish business and Union vs. Non-Union. I do not give a damn about either matter. I care if the business I am giving thousands of dollars to is running a sweatshop. That's what I want to know. I just want this story either backed up with more information or invalidated as not being true.
B&H Photo - largest seller of camera gear in USA exploits workersI also did not state the story was true. I'm saying this is a developing story -- B&H may rebut the AJA story, other news orgs might corroborate the story or add something to it, etc. We're still in the 24 hour news cycle of this, and today's physical protest inside/outside the store may draw more light to it. Personally, I don't care about the union angle, AJA, etc. -- I just want to know if B&H is worthy of my continued business. If half of what was reported is true, they aren't getting another dime from me. Amazon may be jerks to their warehouse people, but they aren't vicious or unlawful. I have no delusions of a warehouse full of happy workers, but they should be allowed bathroom breaks, given reasonable hours and be allowed to use the restroom.
B&H Photo - largest seller of camera gear in USA exploits workersAn Islamic Site?! AJA is a relatively well regarded news organization, regardless of any biases you may have to where they are headquartered. Also: please search for the word 'Jewish' in that article. (Spoiler: you will not find it, because that's not what the story was about.) The author is American, she's from Massachusetts. Further, from what I've read, the photographer in that story is Jewish himself. I find the story pretty damning, but (a) B&H hasn't responded yet and (b) a second news agency hasn't picked it up -- only folks on photography/videography sites are forwarding/riffing on the original story. It's possible that this is just a muck-raking play to go with the shockingly timely announcement that the B&H workers are unionizing: http://lwcu.org/press-room/press-releases/b-h-photo-warehouse-workers/ ...but it's also entirely possible that B&H runs a sweatshop. I'd like a second story to either corroborate or rebut AJA before I make up my mind. - A