The FLA could not, for example, get the companies to agree to comply with Chinese law limiting maximum overtime hours until the summer of 2013, and the companies continue to subject Foxconn workers to 60 hours of overtime per month—nearly twice the amount of overtime permitted by law. The companies also pledged only to study whether the workers were right in their complaints that wages are too low to meet basic needs. And most telling, there is no indication the companies have kept their public promise to pay back wages to the hundreds of thousands of employees Foxconn systematically cheated by working them “off the clock.”So basically, Apple got its good headlines by claiming it would clean up its act, and now it's trying to keep on screwing workers without anyone noticing. I guess money-saving decisions like this are why Apple CEO Tim Cook is the highest-paid CEO in the country?
A fair day's wage
- Their recent strike will bring Houston janitors from $8.35 an hour now to $9.35 an hour in 2016. Management had been pressing for a contract that would have paid the janitors $8.85 an hour in 2017. Josh Eidelson explains what else the janitors won, what they conceded, and how they made it happen.
- Crystal Sugar workers have been locked out for a year, because the CEO of this very profitable company sees the union contract as a "tumor" to be gotten rid of at whatever cost. It's one of the most depressing, infuriating stories out there.
- Greenskeepers are picketing a country club in Oakland, California, after the club unilaterally changed their health care plans.
- Seriously, Verizon?