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  •  PBS (1+ / 0-)
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    Yasuragi

    http://www.pbs.org/...

    [pdf] Washington Post
    http://www.momandpopnyc.com/...

    [pdf] NELP
    Chain of Greed
    http://www.momandpopnyc.com/...

    workplacefairness.org
    http://www.workplacefairness.org/...

    There are many many more.

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Lives lost trying to earn a living.

    by JayRaye on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 08:06:29 AM PST

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      Thanks, JayeRay.

      "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." -- Willie Stargell

      by Yasuragi on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 11:56:43 AM PST

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    •  Sweatshops (0+ / 0-)

      I'm sure there are some sweatshops in Wal-Mart's supply chain, but there's nothing in those links that indicates it's "usually" the case and not just the exception.  If someone's going to make that claim they have to substantiate it with data, not anecdotes.

      History will be kind to us because we will write it.

      by Sky Net on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:20:54 PM PST

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      •  sweatshop def: (1+ / 0-)
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        a shop or factory in which employees work for long hours at low wages and under unhealthy conditions

        In the over 25 years that I have studied these things, including personally knowing people who visited some of the companies in Guatemala and Honduras, I've never heard of one single factory in the 3rd world where the hours of labor were 8 hours, & wages and working conditions good. If you hear of one, let us know.

        My aunt used to sew for a living, and she had a fair wages and 8 hour day. She also had a Union, ILGWU.

        Doesn't sound like you took the time to read the links. You seem very invested in Walmart for some reason.

        WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Lives lost trying to earn a living.

        by JayRaye on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 02:46:31 PM PST

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        •  I read the links (0+ / 0-)

          But there wasn't any data about what percentage of overseas factories didn't meet some particular criteria.  I don't trust anecdotes as an analytical tool, and sweatshops is a vague and undefined term.

          I live overseas myself and have been to any number of apparel and electronics factories in a multitude of countries.  Some look pretty good, some are just OK, but they all look pretty typical of what you'd expect there to be in the developing world.  And no, I don't work for Wal-Mart or any other company like that.

          Just because a company is in the developing world doesn't mean it's a "sweatshop".

          History will be kind to us because we will write it.

          by Sky Net on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 03:24:15 PM PST

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