In ways both big and small, the pandemic fundamentally upended how and where many people work. Individuals and industries alike have had to grapple with “essential” work, remote employees, job market swings and a surge in unionizing efforts. Crosscut has launched Washington Workplace Watch to investigate how employment dynamics have shifted in recent years as well as how our public oversight may need to adapt.
This project will produce long-term coverage on working conditions, safety concerns and government oversight efforts throughout Washington. Our team will pursue stories across agriculture, aerospace, healthcare, construction, tech, government and other industries to seek out failures to protect or treat workers fairly. We will pore through inspection records, legal complaints, data and other documentation to show how companies and public institutions enforce key policies — or not.
As we report on these issues, we want to share the stories of Washingtonians from a diversity of economic, cultural and geographic backgrounds. We know there are many stories to tell about unsafe worksites, hiring discrimination, on-the-job harassment or unfair labor practices. We will prioritize uncovering misconduct or disparities that disproportionately affect rural or historically marginalized communities.
(Si prefiere leer acerca de este proyecto en español, o proveer información en español, haga clic aquí.)