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gmb007
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09:53 AM on 05/13/2013
Raising the minimum wage is good but it won't save you in the next fire/collapse.
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sgillhoolley
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09:35 AM on 05/13/2013
More good news. Unions and higher wages will improve the lot of these workers, which will cascade into a general uptick on worker rights and compensation.
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windy33
08:59 AM on 05/13/2013
all the companies from the united states who moved our jobs because the pay is so cheap ARE NOTHING BUT GREEDY IN HUMAN BAST#RDS AND I HOPE ONE DAY YOU ALL SUFFER A BIG LOSS AND I DON'T CARE WHAT THE LOSS IS BUT YOU WILL SUFFER. YOU DON'T GIVE A DAM ABOUT YOUR OWN COUNTRY AND THE PEOPLE IN IT THAT MADE YOUR COMPANIES WHAT THEY ARE TODAY SO YOU THANK THEM BY GIVNG THEM THE FINGER AND TAKING THE JOBS TO PLACES THAT WILL WORK FOR ALMOST NOTHING. SHAME ON THE UNITED STATES AND SHAME ON THE COMPANIES THAT LEFT....YOUR NOTHING BUT GREEDY PIGS AND UN PATRIOTIC.
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sgillhoolley
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09:37 AM on 05/13/2013
Businesses are concerned with the profit motive and nothing else. It is our society that is stupid for expecting more out of businesses. The market does not solve problems, though it can be part of the solution. Business leaders are not more likely to be moral upstanding people than the rest of us, so to take a hands-off approach to businesses (which are run by people) is naive, at best. Blaming businesses for being greedy is like blaming a snake for biting you. Just doing what is in their nature to do. We need to put the business world in its place.
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whitlock17
11:03 AM on 05/13/2013
Though there is alway someone making decisions. The market will always be manipulated by the greedy and will never be what it ideally should because there is too much room for fraud. The scary thing is how much people except this as normal, and even scarier the power they have been allowed to control congress.
08:58 AM on 05/13/2013
So their interested in making more money instead of having a safer buildings to work in. We need to bring back the clothes factories to the US and put our own people back to work. Let them make their own clothes and will make the rest of them. Like we used to before the wealthy got greedy and sent are jobs overseas.
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IndyVoter777
09:03 AM on 05/13/2013
You and all your wealthy friends can pay $38 for a crappy tee shirt that we now pay $9 for.

Good luck
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Blair Epps
09:20 AM on 05/13/2013
Ridiculous comment
09:23 AM on 05/13/2013
Me wealthy. you're nuts. I'm working 65 hours a week now just to get by. I make less than $65,000. a year and and have seven people in a home that I'm now renting and where are you shopping at the Salvation Army. I haven't seen tee shirts for $9.00 any ware unless you're buying a 3-pack of plain white ones. I would be glad to pay a little for them so we can put the American people back to work and to have MADE IN AMERICA label back on them
09:51 AM on 05/13/2013
No, that's what the government is giving them to appease discontent and outrage in the country. They also now legalized proper workers' unions. Of course workers want to make a living wage, but they also want to stay alive. That you're trying to paint Bangladeshi garment workers as greedy and unconcerned for human life is sick.
10:23 AM on 05/13/2013
Wrong the greedy is the wealthy that took the American jobs overseas so that they can make more money by paying the cheaper wages. You need to read the last sentence aging. I never said that the workers were greedy.
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Katina Cooper
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08:51 AM on 05/13/2013
So, they're going to raise the pay by what, 5 cents an hour and then the price of clothing here in the states will go up 5 dollars. Sounds fair.
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rothomaha
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08:46 AM on 05/13/2013
"Not financially feasible"?????? "Would cost consumers 25 cents more"?????? The insensitivity of these rapacious SOB's to the tragedies suffered, not just b/c of the building collapse, but as well their daily working conditions and struggles to survive on slave wages is utterly staggering!!!! Anyone who buys a product either made presently in Bangladesh or in future marketed by a company which pulls out of that country b/c of increased minimum wage is as cynical and inhumane as the company!
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08:19 AM on 05/13/2013
You mean to tell me these folks can't live off of $38 a month...someone needs to cut back on non-essentials....
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10:31 AM on 05/13/2013
They have shown they can live on $38 per year. It is the Walton family can't survive on several hundred million per year.
08:17 AM on 05/13/2013
I wonder how the overall cost of doubling pay compares to the cost of making the factories safe. It won't do the workers much good to make 76$/month instead of 38 if they can't stay alive or healthy to enjoy it.
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sgillhoolley
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09:40 AM on 05/13/2013
They are also being allowed to form unions...so conditions are bound to get better for these workers, just as it did for us in the beginning of the industrial age. Worker conditions were pretty bad here as well, and getting killed on the job was not exactly unusual.
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doquestioneverything
11:39 AM on 05/13/2013
No, they will not be allowed to form unions, they are given a minuscule raise to shut them up.
calypso54
Illegitimi non carborundum
08:09 AM on 05/13/2013
Now if we could just get the Republicans to back an increase in the minimum wage here !!
08:59 AM on 05/13/2013
That's asking for a little too much too soon, wouldn't you say?
calypso54
Illegitimi non carborundum
11:39 AM on 05/13/2013
Oh, my bad ! :-)
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intellifran
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08:05 AM on 05/13/2013
A lot of people are blasting Walmart, when most of their goods are made in China. Although it's not better this article is about Bangladesh. Furthermore, the only way to stop this kind of thing is to not buy clothes made in these countries. Personally my family boycotts all things made in Pakistan and we will add Bangladesh to the list. Consumers can speak with their wallets.
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IndyVoter777
09:05 AM on 05/13/2013
You will only hurt the poorest of Bangladesh. Your conscience is hurting those you claim to help. Good work!
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1oldhippie
yes WE did... again!
07:51 AM on 05/13/2013
an 80% rise in wages...
apparel company shareholders won't be happy!
07:57 AM on 05/13/2013
NOPE ...nad these workers will loose their jobs to Vietnam or sweat shops in China... enjoy the raise dumbazz
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freshie
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08:37 AM on 05/13/2013
Not really. It's more expensive in both places. Even with the increase, they are way below what it cost to produce in Vietnam, China or India. Bangladesh is the last of these countries, which have low development and labor cost.

There is really no place left that will provide such cheap labor. And, factories that do, believe me, from a pr and moral standpoint, you really don't want to be there. Plus, the quality is horrible in factories that claim they can produce dirt cheap items.

These brands aren't going anywhere. The man power, price and quality are hard to come by. They have enough room to increase labor costs and safety standards. There is no escape. Most countries are adapting a liveable wage and good safety standards.

Human nature, eventually, most people will say enough, then, try to balance the business with the human component.
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sgillhoolley
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09:42 AM on 05/13/2013
The cost of doing business in China is already going up. Bangladeshis are at the bottom of the wage spectrum, so there are no countries out there that really post a threat to that. Chinese workers make way more than Bangladeshi workers. Vietnam is definately a hot spot right now, but we need to support the raising of the floor, because it benefits everyone.
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TT Esty1
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07:05 AM on 05/13/2013
Talk of a pay raise is intended to refocus attention from the deaths of over 1000 workers from the poor working conditions. Those deaths didn't result from low wages but from a lack of consideration for the workers together with an avarice determination to increase profits.

If ever one needs an argument for a Union, Bangladesh will suffice.
07:59 AM on 05/13/2013
you mean lack of unbribed building inspectors or Gov't officials... you always want to blame the 1% ...
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sgillhoolley
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09:45 AM on 05/13/2013
Wow, you are giving the 1% a pass on this one too huh? Do you think that they will take care of you because of your loyalty or something?
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LaoShur
06:26 AM on 05/13/2013
This IS good news! Now they can afford to buy that other shoe they've been dreaming about!
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millsrb3
06:23 AM on 05/13/2013
The raise they get will maybe be a penny.
08:00 AM on 05/13/2013
ya and your point was ??
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Bueno Hombre
05:50 AM on 05/13/2013
"The collapse of Rana Plaza last month has brought new attention to the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh, who make a minimum wage of $38 a month and often face substandard workplace safety. Rana Plaza housed five garment factories.

In 2010, Bangladesh increased the minimum wage for garment workers by 80 percent following worker protests, the Associated Press reported. Current per capita income in the country is just $1,940 per year."

When American Industries can get our middle class averaged down to this then manufacturing jobs will return to America. This is what Cantor, Ryan and most of the Republican party want for America. Many American voters wanting cheap products turn a blind eye allowing elected officials to reward and make it easier for corporations to move manufacturing overseas. We have to make a choice - cheap products or American jobs. How many candidates have you heard say "The American worker can compete with any overseas worker." Code words for lower pay, less benefits, unsafe working conditions and a shrinking middle class. When you are at the top of the heap "averaging" brings you down.