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China Labor

Looking for Laoban

Patrick Ainslie | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Patrick Ainslie

Chinese migrant workers are a community beyond the bottom of the economic pyramid, forced to seek employment day-by-day with no guarantees. The foundation of most migrant workers' sustenance is their relationship to a laoban.

On Paper, China Looks Very Good

David Macaray | Posted 04.08.2013 | Business
David Macaray

Without much fanfare, in 2009 China overtook the U.S. as the world's leading papermaker. They did it in much the same way they became the world's premiere manufacturing beast: innovative engineering, a smart game plan, cheap labor, and massive government subsidies.

16 Hour Days And Just 1 Day Off A Month?

Reuters | Miyoung Kim | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business

SEOUL, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Samsung came under renewed criticism from a rights group on Tuesday for illegal work practices at its Chinese suppliers, a d...

Everything Is Made of China (Well, in China)

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Kelly Heinrich

In China, artificial flowers, bricks, Christmas decorations, coal, cotton, electronics, fireworks, footwear, garments, nails and toys are all known to be produced by forced labor. And China is far from being the only country on the list.

What Obama And Romney Don't Get About China

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business

You might hear a lot about China at tonight's foreign-policy-themed presidential debate. We'd better hope that most of it is bogus posturing, because ...

Chinese Workers No Longer Thrilled To Just Have Jobs

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.25.2012 | Business

Thing One: Riot In China: It looks like maybe Chinese workers aren't so thrilled any more to just have jobs. Earlier this year, when labor condit...

China's Labor Unions - New Tendrils

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 10.10.2012 | Business
John Tepper Marlin

In June 2010, a nonviolent eight-day strike of 1,700 workers at the Honda factory in Zhongshan attracted international attention. Within three weeks, it was the third Honda auto parts factory in Guangdong province to suffer a work stoppage, along with plants in Shenzhen and Foshan.

As Cheap Chinese Labor Gets More Expensive, Companies Consider Moving Elsewhere

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2012 | Business

By Lucy Hornby and Don Durfee BEIJING, March 26 (Reuters) - U.S. lawnmower manufacturer Briggs & Stratton is used to worrying abou...

China Faces Fresh Upsurge In Labor Unrest

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 02.01.2012 | World

SHANGHAI — China is seeing a fresh upsurge in labor unrest as slowing demand for its exports in Europe and the U.S. hits manufacturers already j...

Inside World's Economic Engine, Young China Redefines Class Consciousness

Michelle Chen | Posted 12.28.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Though China has earned a reputation as the world's preeminent sweatshop, young workers are starting to understand that they deserve equitable pay for the "cheap" labor that foreign capital readily exploits.

RESCUED: Mentally Ill Workers Enslaved In China Freed

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING — Authorities have rescued a group of mentally ill workers enslaved in a factory after being sold by a man who purportedly ran a beggars...

Now Hiring Foreign Execs: China's Huge, State-Owned Companies

AP | By JOE McDONALD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BEIJING -- China's government announced a global talent search Monday to fill top posts at 12 major state-owned companies in its latest effort to turn...

Toyota President Open To Raising Wages In China After Labor Unrest

AP | By DAN STRUMPF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business


End Of The Cheap 'Made-In-China' Era Sends Companies Scrambling For Options

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SHANGHAI — Factory workers demanding better wages and working conditions are hastening the eventual end of an era of cheap costs that helped mak...

China's Cheap Labor Era Is Ending -- And These Products Are About To Get More Expensive

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The end of the cheap, "Made-in China" era is near -- and it's going to affect your bottom line. Soaring labor costs fueled by worker shortages and s...

Why The END Of Cheap Chinese Labor Is Near

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Last month, nearly 2,000 Chinese workers went on strike at a Honda transmission factory in southern China. The strike eventually spread across the mai...

China Labor Troubles

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Danziger


China Labor Troubles

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Danziger


Chinese Factories Face Surprising Labor Shortage

AP | WILLIAM FOREMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

XINTANG, China — During the first half of this year, Yang Zongfu's blue jean factory had few customers. Now, as his business picks up, he can't ...

China Uighur Protests Traced To Questionable Exported Labor Program

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When the local government began recruiting young Muslim Uighurs in this far western region for jobs at the Xuri Toy Factory in the country's booming c...