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Connectivity Is Productivity: How Mobile Technology Can Support Decent Work

Heather Franzese | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Without worker voice, we can't hope to achieve decent work or sustainable production. But by leveraging mobile to give workers a seat at the table, we're turning connectivity into productivity.

Dave Jamieson

The Bleak Existence Of The Factory Workers Behind Your iPhone | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A U.S.-based labor watchdog group says it has uncovered disturbing working conditions inside a Chinese factory producing parts for our f...

These Photos Show Santa's Workshop Is Actually A Sprawling Factory Town In China

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.22.2014 | World

You may not have heard of the Chinese town of Yiwu, but chances are some of your Christmas decorations were molded, glued, sewn and hand-painted there...

Workplace Injury Insurance Must Be Part of the Rana Plaza Legacy

Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

Prevention is key but it is just as important to be prepared in case of future accidents. This can be done through an employment injury insurance (EII) scheme that spreads the risks across all employers at the national level.

Kim Bhasin

Can You Make Clothes Without Sweatshop Labor? This Dominican Factory Is Trying | Kim Bhasin | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business

Somewhere in the south-central Dominican Republic, on a stretch of land in a town called Villa Altagracia, sits a unique little clothing factory. The ...

What Do Factory Workers In Asia Want?

Heather Franzese | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Heather Franzese

What do factory workers want? They sew our clothes and assemble our mobile phones -- things we use every day -- but they remain a mystery to us. Most are working thousands of miles away behind secure company gates.

Exploitation Remains the Name of the Game at Dell's Chinese Factories

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

The report, with support from U.S.-based China Labor Watch and in collaboration with other European consumer advocacy organizations, describes disturbing workplace troubles at factories that supply the computer giant Dell.

Dave Jamieson

Crisis At Apple's Factory Watchdog | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The industry-backed nonprofit group that monitors plants for Apple, Nestle and other major brands has run into financial trouble, having...

Dave Jamieson

Deadly Flaws In Safety Inspection Programs | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business

Major clothing brands like to say they have a system in place to avoid doing business with overseas suppliers that mistreat their workers: The corpora...

Workers Hold Managers Hostage Over 2-Minute Bathroom Breaks

AP | Posted 01.22.2013 | Business

BEIJING -- Hundreds of Chinese factory workers angry about strictly timed bathroom breaks and fines for starting work late held their Japanese and Chi...

The Bangladesh Debacle

Brandice N. Daniel | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Brandice N. Daniel

My stomach began to turn after seeing the headlines about the fire in a Bangladesh factory. With five years of experience as a production manager for ...

Forever 21 Under Investigation "Sweatshop-Like" Factories In L.A.

The Huffington Post | Alice Hines | Posted 10.26.2012 | Business

The leggings you just bought at Forever 21 may have more problems with them than an excess of sequins. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, F...

There's Still Hope For The Job Market

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2012 | Business

(Corrects first and 13th paragraphs of story published late on Thursday to show job growth estimates include both factory positions and related empl...

America's Manufacturing Boom Could Be a Bust Without Right Education

Ray Prendergast | Posted 10.22.2012 | College
Ray Prendergast

It's time for us as a nation to let go of the past and look to the future of manufacturing. Today's manufacturing jobs require specialized skills -- and workers with the right training are in high demand.

An Accidental, Unprecedented Look Inside A Chinese Laptop Factory

The Huffington Post | Jason Gilbert | Posted 07.27.2012 | Technology

With the recent controversy surrounding working conditions in Chinese plants run by Foxconn -- the chief parts supplier for Apple and several other go...

Ford Motor Co. Doesn't Need These Autoworkers Anymore

AP | Posted 05.16.2012 | Business

DETROIT (AP) — About 1,700 Ford Motor Co. factory workers have decided to take early retirement offers and will leave the company by June 1. ...

The Cost Of Hiring A Factory Worker In The U.S. Vs. China

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business

Since 2001, the United States has lost 2.8 million manufacturing jobs to China -- that despite U.S. factory workers being far more productive. Par...

As Agencies Debate Rules, Dust Explosions Killing Factory Workers

AP | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 01.14.2012 | Business

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When an accumulation of sugar dust ignited and blew up the Imperial Sugar plant in Port Wentworth, Ga., in 2008, killing 14 a...

We Do the Work

David Macaray | Posted 11.06.2011 | Business
David Macaray

While it's the workers who keep the operation running smoothly, it's management who gets the credit. It's management who gets the credit, the glory, the promotions, and, ultimately, the compensation.

Health Enables Returns: Workplace Program for Women Delivers Business Benefits

Aron Cramer | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business
Aron Cramer

Many companies debate how business can align its objectives with urgent social needs. With the world's economy stuck in neutral, the opportunity to unlock women's potential is too important an opportunity to pass up.

'Model workplaces' not always so safe amidst deaths and avoidable accidents

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

Despite deaths and avoidable accidents, companies stay in OSHA's 'voluntary protection' clubBy Chris Hamby, iWatch NewsFirst in a series, "Model Workp...

GM To Offer Buyouts To Thousands Of Skilled Workers

AP | DEE-ANN DURBIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — General Motors Co. is offering buyouts to several thousand skilled trades workers at 14 plants around the U.S. The company estimates ...

Many U.S. Firms Live 'In Perpetual State Of Recession' Despite Rising Profits, Productivity

Bloomberg | Craig Torres and Anthony Feld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Companies slashed 8.5 million jobs during the worst recession since the Great Depression, while also slowing capital investment plans. Campbell, the w...

Are China and America Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

I recently discussed challenges that China faces as it seeks to continue its economic growth including: (1) Wealth inequality, where a small percent o...

Is China Poised for Implosion? What Would the Communist Manifesto Predict?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Howard Steven Friedman

Deng Xiaoping probably would be concerned to see that Chinese population policies and practices as well as the engine of capitalism appears to be creating a Marxian nightmare of bourgeois and proletariat.