Labor

Justice for Power-One Workers!

Michael Liu and Lydia Lowe
taken from a Chinese Progressive Association flyer

Power One Workers have won release of funds for retraining. CPA has begun working with laid off workers on winning retraining programs. They organized a picket Aug. 22 in front of the State House for emergency funds for worker retraining.

Garment Factory Owes Immigrant Workers $850G

By Mike Liu

Wins of California Inc., one of San Francisco's largest garment factories, owes its 200 immigrant employees at least $850,000 for months of unpaid work. Furthermore, it has been operating illegally under California State law since March. Although the factory has filled clothing orders for the U.S. Army and Air Force, Sears, Wal-Mart and Kmart, Wins has not paid its workers since April.

Injured on the Job and Off

Following is a translated and excerpted interview with Mr. Xiang, an immigrant restaurant worker who was injured on the job, conducted by the Boston-based Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) as part of its Immigrant Workers Oral History Project. The interview was conducted by Lydia Lowe and Man Wai Yung.

Working Conditions

Q: What was your job and how did you become injured?

Beatings and Other Abuses Cited at Samoan Apparel Plant That Supplied U.S. Retailers

NYTimes, National, Feb 6, 2001 By STEVEN GREENHOUSE

Workers at a factory in American Samoa that made apparel for the J. C. Penney Company and other retailers were often beaten and were provided food so inadequate that some were "walking skeletons," a Labor Department investigation has found.

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