Monday, July 30, 2007

AT&T Exploits Prison Labor

Prison Legal News:

The phone company (AT&T) has found a way to dump union workers, save big money and exploit the labor of prisoners, all at once. According to reports from the Communications Workers, AT&T is contracting out telemarketing jobs to firms that provide labor practically free through the prison system. The company is planning to lay off thousands of telephone operators -- all union members who could perform the telemarketing work. Prisoners, of course, have no option about performing work they are assigned.

What do the AT&T subcontractors pay prisoners for telephone work? Try $2 per day. For that, the prisoners -- essentially slave laborers -- have to call area businesses, identify themselves as AT&T representatives and try to sell AT&T products and services. The prison systems in Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Ohio, New Jersey and Florida sell the right to exploit prisoners to a firm called Unibase, which in turn sells the service to AT&T.
What's wrong with a giant corporation trying to save a few bucks using an incarcerated work-force as opposed to higher-waged union work, you ask?


Until 25 years from now, when the conglomerate of corporations running the show, with their hands in the politicians' pants, realize those behind bars are worth more than the men and women walking free on the street, and your only avenue of defense against a thirty year jail sentence for running a yellow light are these guys and these guys.

Sleep well,, folks.


  1. Well just dandy, I won't sleep for days not.

    In all seriousness, I hope everyone that reads this will click on the final link you provide ("Sleep Well") and let the context of that finely written piece, amplified by what you have written here yourself, set in.

    This is not paranoia, or conspiracy theory. We really are in a position where, for the first time in almost a century, we need to keep watch over some of the most basic rights as American's we have enjoyed and taken for granted for generations.

    It is not only an "Assault on Reason" we see around us, but also an "Assault on Civil Rights."

    Thank you for this thoughtful post.

  2. I would like to see more figures please. How do I get my hands on the statistics. The raw numerical data to crunch on? Seems like there is a constant starvation of the raw numerical data related to things that could be important to Americans.