The Return of the Third Shift

  1. Order Up
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    Order Up

    Arlene Oswald, a cook at Ross’ Eatery & Pub, works late to feed third-shift employees near Lordstown, Ohio.

    Photographs by: Daniel Shea for Bloomberg Businessweek

  2. Late-Night Pit Stop
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    Late-Night Pit Stop

    Mike Rhodes, a work-family representative at GM’s auto manufacturing complex in Lordstown, Ohio, stops at the gas station before his third shift.
  3. Anatomy of a Compact
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    Anatomy of a Compact

    Inside the Chevy Cruze factory, Lordstown, Ohio.
  4. Waiting for Quiet Time
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    Waiting for Quiet Time

    Aaron Bohr’s family runs the Barrel of Monkeys child-care center, where workers’ kids can stay overnight.

  5. Sleepover
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    Sleepover

    Barrel of Monkeys child-care center, where workers’ kids can stay overnight.

  6. Down the Line
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    Down the Line

    Floyd Bradley Jr., a hood-and-door fitter at the GM plant, inspects sedans rolling off the line during the wee hours.

  7. Now Inspecting
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    Now Inspecting

    Third-shifter Teresa Thomas checks car underbellies at GM’s Lordstown complex.

  8. Shoulder Pain
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    Shoulder Pain

    Venus Walker says working the third shift allows her to attend her children’s school functions.

  9. Quittin’ Time
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    Quittin’ Time

    The end of the third shift, in the parking lot of the Chevy Cruze factory in Lordstown, Ohio.

  10. The Rooster Crows
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    The Rooster Crows

    Bobbi Marsh’s neighborhood in the early morning, close to the GM plant.

  11. After-Work Car Pool
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    After-Work Car Pool

    Bobbi Marsh took her son to school—after getting off work.

  12. Happy Hour
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    Happy Hour

    This eatery is open until 1 a.m. to serve shift workers. It opens again early in the morning to feed workers returning home from their shifts.