March 14, 2013 |
Los Angeles retailing giant Forever 21, known for selling trendy apparel to teens at low prices, was ordered by a federal judge to turn over supply chain documentation sought by the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency is investigating whether Forever 21 has shipped or sold items produced while violating minimum wage, overtime or child labor standards. Regulators first requested data from the chain in August via a subpoena - which the DOL says Forever 21 ignored. U.S. District Court Judge Margaret Morrow signed an order on March 7 requiring the retailer to comply.
December 12, 2012 |
LANSING, Mich. - I'm a 60-year-old lawyer and part-time law professor. Chanting slogans is not my preferred method of discourse. But on Tuesday, I was in the streets of Lansing marching and chanting myself hoarse. I make my living as a labor arbitrator. I've spent the last 20 years sitting as a neutral third party in disputes between employers and unions. It is an adversarial system, and discussions are often heated. But the system works because the parties meet as equals. It wouldn't work if either party were able to dominate.
November 2, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Hershey Co. is being sued by an investor group accusing the giant confectionery brand of overlooking the African child labor allegedly used to produce the cocoa in its candy. The Louisiana Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System, a public pension fund and Hershey shareholder, filed suit this week against the company in Delaware Chancery Court. The suit, filed the day after Halloween's trick-or-treat gluttony, seeks to force Hershey to open its corporate records for investors, divulging which cocoa suppliers it uses.
June 29, 2012 |
Nestle, the world's largest food company, said it would do more to eradicate child labor and other worker violations in its Ivory Coast cocoa supply chain after an outside report pointed out a range of problems. The West African country provides 10% of Nestle's cocoa, which is used to make chocolate products such as Kit Kat candies, according to an investigation by the Fair Labor Assn. But the company's worker code is often flouted there, causing children to work under dangerous farm conditions instead of going to school, according to a Friday report from the association.
May 16, 2012
Re "A woman's touch," Opinion, May 11 Why is it such an amazing idea that "mom" might have some answers on running a business? Thousands of years of patriarchal dominion, with men's values of "assertiveness, competitiveness and even aggression," have given us endless wars, price-gouging, indecent pay inequalities, discrimination, concentration camps, slavery, child labor, class warfare and holocausts. If women had had a public voice these past few thousand years, what kind of world would we have?
December 10, 2011 |
In the first GOP debate featuring Newt Gingrich as the undisputed front-runner, rival Mitt Romney threw the first jab at the former House speaker, attempting to cast him as a career politician. Asked where he and Gingrich differed, Romney said, ”We could start with his idea to have a lunar colony that would mine minerals from the moon. I'm not in favor of spending that kind of money to do that.” He said he also disagrees with Gingrich's proposal to eliminate child labor laws so that poor kids can work to clean their schools.