When you think about temp work, short-term office jobs are likely to come to mind. But across North America, all of that is changing. These days, factories and other industrial companies are using temporary laborers to fill jobs that used to go to employees. The combination of low pay, minimal training and reduced liability has created a recipe for tragedy. On this episode, Sara Mojtehedzadeh of the Toronto Star talks about her decision to go undercover in an industrial bakery to understand the realities of a workforce at risk.



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Erin McKinstry reported this story. IRE Editorial Director Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. Original episode artwork by Blake Nelson. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.