This is what a job in the US’s new manufacturing industry looks like—half the pay, working for a temp agency, no sick days, but still it’s a job

by Lydia DePillis

Worker on the Nissan truck assembly line.  Photo: Nissan/Washington Post

SMYRNA, TENN. — Chris Young’s pain is in his wrists. It started about a year ago — at first a numbness, and then sharp pains, all the way up to his elbow. He’d injured the left wrist in a long-ago motorcycle accident, but it didn’t act up again until he spent months moving heavy pieces of metal, again and again, at Nissan’s manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tenn. Managers transferred him off that part of the line. Still, there’s no way to make it stop completely.

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