Customers want instant gratification. Workers say it’s pushing them to the brink

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FILE - UPS teamsters and workers hold a rally, Friday, July 21, 2023, in Atlanta, as a national strike deadline nears. UPS has reached a contract agreement with its 340,000-person strong union Tuesday, July 25, 2023, averting a strike that had the potential to disrupt logistics nationwide for businesses and households alike. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) – Drastic changes in consumer demands are driving labor unrest in diverse industries upended by technology.

Hollywood actors and writers and UPS delivery drivers are among workers fighting for better pay and working conditions. And they want consumers to understand what it takes to meet rising expectations for speed and convenience.

The central issues are that workers are overworked and underpaid.

Screenwriters say they are expected to create scripts for the streaming era faster for less pay.

UPS drivers say forced overtime got out of hand as online shopping accelerated and delivery exploded.

Workers are pushing back against forced overtime, punishing schedules or company reliance on lower-paid part-time or contract forces.

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7/31/2023 4:35:24 PM (GMT -5:00)

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