Fort Myers, FL. At 5:30 AM men stood outside the Labor Ready office waiting for jobs they could go on to work hard and earn money to feed their wives and children. Job offers flow into the office throughout the day. A gentleman who wishes to remain anonymous reported that he had waited until 10:00 AM a few days earlier and went out on a job. However, today, by 9:15 AM, Pamela Leano, the Fort Myers Branch Manager, looked at the men in a degrading manner and said, “What are you doing here? You all need to go. Vamoose (as in “shoo fly”) leave.”
The men felt degraded treated more like cattle than human beings. One man had said, “She always speaks to us like that.” Another man said, “I don’t even pay attention to it anymore.”
The gentleman who reported this said that the men were afraid of speaking up and registering a complaint, fearing that they would not be able to get work anymore.
When I heard this I felt outraged. It is completely unacceptable for honest hard working men to be treated in a sub-human manner. I wanted justice and immediately contacted the main headquarters in the state of Washington which is owned by the company True Blue.
I discovered they have a special toll free number 1-877-874-8416 for a line called Silent Whistle where anyone can report employee misconduct and remain anonymous.
I reported the incident and included that this was not an isolated case. I demanded that Ms. Leano’s employment be terminated today due to her treatment of the men ready and waiting to work hard and make an honest living.
I also informed them that if her employment was not terminated that I would be bringing this to CNN and to WINK News, the local news station in Fort Myers, FL.
It is crucial that if you are ever treated in a degrading manner that you report it immediately to put a stop to it.
If you know of anyone who is experiencing a similar situation in the labor force you can give them the Silent Whistle toll free telephone number above to report abuse or mistreatment. As you do this you will not only make a difference for yourself, you will be opening the door for a more humane, kind and caring person to hold the position of Branch Manager in any location.
Instead of just accepting mistreatment you will feel much more empowered by putting a stop to it.