OPEN BORDERS... It's all about keeping wages depressed!
DID THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FINISH OFF
“Throughout this period, the trade unions transitioned from their alliance with the Democratic Party on the basis of ferocious anti-communism into outright instruments of the corporations and the state. They have and continue to collaborate in the “orderly shutdown” of factories and mines, after pushing through wage and benefit cuts on the bogus pretext of “saving jobs.”
AMERICA: NO LEGAL NEED APPLY
The assault to finish off the American middle-
class is NOT over
“The report noted that many illegals don't have jobs or have difficulty in landing good jobs because of local laws.”
“However, it identified several states that have begun easing employment laws so that illegals can get a job.”
"The collection of billionaires, bankers, CEOs, generals and social
arch-reactionaries that will comprise his cabinet and White House
inner circle is pledged to remove all constraints on the ability of
the rich to plunder American society for their own personal gain
In L.A.’s garment industry, ‘Made in the USA’ can mean being paid $3 an hour
Garment workers rally in front of a Ross store on Broadway in downtown L.A. to demand an end to wage theft and unsafe working conditions on Oct. 25 (Los Angeles Times)
Just as the busiest shopping period of the year got underway, the U.S. Department of Labor released a bombshell report that might make you suspicious of clothing that’s “Made in the USA.” After a three-year comprehensive study, the Labor Department confirmed what workers’ rights advocates like me have long contended: Worker abuse and wage theft is rampant in the U.S. garment industry.
The report revealed that 85% of garment industry employers studied were violating federal minimum wage and record-keeping laws. More than 660 investigations involving 5,158 workers over three years documented $8,098,988 in stolen wages.
Los Angeles has the highest concentration of garment industry workers in the country. Largely located south and east of downtown, some 2,000 manufacturers employ more than 40,000 people — mostly immigrant women — who spend 10 to 12 hours a day cutting, sewing and dyeing clothing that includes designer jeans and runway knock-offs. Even as California leads the way in protecting workers’ rights and raising the minimum wage, thousands of Angelenos are being cheated by these employers.
These brands ... willfully ignore complaints about violations of the most basic wage and working hour laws.
At the 77 Southern California factories
investigated, garments from a dozen clothing
brands were identified, but three appeared far
more frequently than the rest: Ross Dress for
Less, TJ Maxx and Forever 21.
The idea that “Made in America” could mean made for $3 an hour might come as a shock in 2016. But it does not surprise me and it cannot possibly surprise executives at those three retailers.
These brands claim that they aren’t responsible for the working conditions at their suppliers’ factories. And yet they willfully ignore complaints about violations of the most basic wage and working hour laws. At the legal
nonprofit where I work, we’ve documented
10- and 12-hour shifts without breaks or
overtime. We’ve seen hundreds of workers
taking home less than $5 an hour — half of
California’s current minimum wage. We have
repeatedly sought Ross, TJ Maxx and Forever
21’s help in addressing wage violations
committed by their suppliers — but they have
chosen instead to fight us in court, withhold
information about their suppliers, and do all
they can to keep industry labor practices
They are unabashed by the latest Labor Department report. In response, they released statements saying they take the findings “seriously.” There was no condemnation of their contractors. No change in business practice. For these retailers, responding to these reports and fighting an occasional subpoena are just a cost of doing business.
For garment workers, filing a wage theft claim with the state’s labor commissioner or in Superior Court represents a terrifying risk. They will almost certainly experience retaliation: firing, threats of violence or deportation, blacklisting from future employment.
Leticia Molina’s story is typical: She used a single-needle sewing machine to stitch shirtsleeves, sew buttons, attach zippers and cuff pant legs in Los Angeles factories for 20 years. She worked 55-hour weeks and took extra pieces home on the weekend. For this she was paid 6 cents to 12 cents per item, which amounted to less than $250 per week. At 53, she was still the primary wage earner for her household when she filed a claim with the California Labor Commission. She knew, however, that repetitive stress injuries to her hands were slowing her down and that she would almost certainly be fired eventually. Remaining silent was unsustainable as her rent went up and her pay per piece went down.
After more than a year of litigation, Molina won a judgment for more than $40,000 in unpaid wages and penalties. But the contractor she worked for lacked the funds to pay her full judgment. Rather than litigate further, Molina accepted a reduced recovery from the state’s Garment Workers Fund. None of the retailers who benefited from her work were held accountable.
Ross, TJ Maxx and Forever 21 would rather sell $5 T-shirts than pay their suppliers enough to cover a minimum wage for workers. Systemic change will require reversing the economic incentives for this gross misconduct. Holiday shoppers can start by voting with their wallets and refusing to purchase questionably produced apparel. Let these companies know that “Made in America” means nothing if it does not first mean “Made without Abuse.”
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Jessie Kornberg is CEO of the public interest
law firm Bet Tzedek, which provides legal
aid to garment workers in Los Angeles.
THE ROAD TO CIVIL WAR WAS CALLED
In addition, more than 94 million Americans are not in the labor
force, and the real unemployment rate is far higher than the
government’s fraudulent figure of approximately five percent.
Moreover, recent years have seen companies replacing American
high-tech workers with foreigners (often forcing our countrymen
to train their replacements, as salt in the wound). What rational
case can be made that the U.S. needs more people?
OPEN BORDERS: The Democrat Party’s Weapon of Mass Destruction on the American Worker
"Los Angeles saw all crime rise in 2015: violent crime up 19.9 percent, homicides up 10.2 percent, shooting victims up 12.6 percent, rapes up 8.6 percent, robberies up 12.3 percent, and aggravated assault up 27.5 percent,"Landry said.”
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WHY ARE ILLEGALS ABOVE THE LAW?
SANCTUARY CITIES and SANCTUARY STATE of CALIFORNIA: The LA RAZA welfare state on our backs!