Halliburton lures America's working poor to high-paying jobs in Iraq
May 23, 2004
BURNET, Texas, May 23 (Summary of Washington Post Article) - Many of Halliburton's workers in Iraq are America's working poor. They suffer 12- to 14-hour days and seven-day work weeks, risking their lives for the $80,000 or $100,000 per year salary. The workers drive trucks, cook meals or build and operate base camps to fulfill Halliburton's obligations under its LOGCAP contract with the Army Corp of Engineers. Despite the increasing violence in Iraq, Halliburton continues to receive applications for work there, mostly from southern states. The company has used 51 recruiters and 30 job fairs this year to find people willing to work in Iraq. Halliburton subsidiary, KBR, said it has thousands of resumes and is sending 400 to 500 workers to Iraq per week.