Posts Tagged ‘China’

Jun
2014
18

From China With Glove: Failures of Outsourced Bay Bridge Project Revealed

From China With Glove: Failures of Outsourced Bay Bridge Project Revealed
  A recent long read from the Sacramento Bee details the decision of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to hire a Chinese contractor, Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), to rebuild key parts of the Bay Bridge and how the company’s inexperience and shoddy work have led to structural doubts and inflated costs…
Oct
2013
29

CA Labor Commish: Chinese Bus Co. Won Contract With $2M in Tax Incentives, Shipped in Chinese Nationals and Underpaid, Mistreated Them

CA Labor Commish: Chinese Bus Co. Won Contract With $2M in Tax Incentives, Shipped in Chinese Nationals and Underpaid, Mistreated Them
  In 2010, after spending a year wooing high-tech Chinese motor company BYD to California using $2 million in tax subsidies, then-L.A. mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa claimed the company’s new operation would create “hundreds of green-collar jobs.”  Fast forward to 2013 and the New York Times reports that the business has created…
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Sep
2013
30

IBEW Spearheads Return of Jobs to Texas (from China) Through Partnership with Lighting Manufacturer

IBEW Spearheads Return of Jobs to Texas (from China) Through Partnership with Lighting Manufacturer
  A recent video from The Electrical Worker Online shows how the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and John Higgins, CEO of Neutex Advanced Energy Corporation, worked together to bring jobs to Texas which had been previously outsourced to China.  The untraditional business-labor relationship, spearheaded by organizer…
Aug
2013
5

Free Trade With Low-Income Countries Linked to Depressed Employment, Labor-Force Participation and Wages

  A recent look at free trade agreements by Professor Nancy Folbre explains the ill effects such agreements have on income inequality.  Her piece, “The Free-Trade Blues,” discusses the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership and how it will damage an already hurting U.S. manufacturing industry: The A.F.L.-C.I.O. has bitterly complained of…
Jul
2013
19

Bad to Worse: Study Suggests Already Awful Garment Worker Wages are Declining Still

Bad to Worse: Study Suggests Already Awful Garment Worker Wages are Declining Still
  A new report shows that in the decade between 2001 and 2011 the wages of garment workers in apparel exporting countries declined. In the rare instances where wages rose, a living wage was still not met.   The study, “Global Wage Trends for Apparel Workers, 2001-2011,” was researched by the Workers Rights Consortium and [&hellip…;
May
2013
30

Chinese Wages are Rising While American Wages Fall. Amazingly, This Might Be a Good Thing.

Chinese Wages are Rising While American Wages Fall.  Amazingly, This Might Be a Good Thing.
  The new Global Wage Report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows that wages for American and Chinese workers are trending in opposite directions. The bad news? Chinese wages are rising while American wages fall. It’s convenient to suggest that the 2008 financial crisis and the ensuing global recession are to blame for…