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The McDonnell Douglas aircraft factory in Long Beach was being assailed for lax quality control and inferior workmanship when it built the Alaska Airlines MD-83 jetliner that recently crashed in the Pacific Ocean, according to documents and interviews.
September 30, 1986 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
A new wage system to give factory workers greater incentives to produce more goods has been adopted and will take effect Jan. 1, a Soviet official has announced. If it works as outlined in the government newspaper Izvestia, there will be no ceiling on the pay of industrial workers who turn in the best performances on the job. Under the plan, if a worker produces twice as much, he would receive double his usual salary. There is an important condition, however.
March 8, 1985 | United Press International
The nation's unemployment rate dropped a notch to 7.3% in February from 7.4% in January as women and teen-agers found more jobs in the service industries, the government said today. But factory workers--particularly those in auto plants--suffered major setbacks, as did black workers. (Unemployment in the Los Angeles-Orange County area fell sharply, to 6.7% from January's 8%, for the lowest rate since August, 1981. In California, the rate also fell to 6.7% from 7.3% the month before.) Of the 115.
May 7, 2008 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
U.S. manufacturers who provide health insurance spend an average of $2.38 per worker per hour on healthcare -- more than twice as much as their foreign competitors, an analysis released Tuesday found. The study provides support for the now-familiar lament of employers -- that rising healthcare costs are eating into the corporate bottom line. American automakers say employee health coverage adds $1,500 to the price of each car, and many U.S.
Allergan Inc. said Tuesday that it will cut 550 jobs, or 8.9% of its work force, and shut five of its 12 factories in an effort to slash costs and boost profit. The Irvine-based manufacturer of eye-care and skin-care products and drugs said it will lay off 110 employees at its corporate headquarters and close a factory on the 28-acre site near the John Wayne Airport. About 75 local corporate employees and 35 factory workers will lose their jobs over the next three years.
April 17, 1997 | MEDEA BENJAMIN, Medea Benjamin is director of Global Exchange, a San Francisco-based human rights group that has been investigating sweatshops at home and abroad
With much fanfare at a Rose Garden ceremony, President Clinton announced that a coalition of industry, human rights and labor groups had reached a breakthrough agreement to end sweatshops. Saying that the lives of factory workers are as important as the fabric they make, President Clinton called the agreement a historic step that will "give American consumers greater confidence in the products they buy."
October 13, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
The Immigration and Naturalization Service cannot enter workplaces to look for illegal aliens without a search warrant or the employer's permission, a U.S. district judge in San Jose has ruled. Judge Robert Aguilar's decision Friday came in response to a class-action suit filed in August, 1982, against the immigration service after California factories were raided as part of a nationwide operation called "Project Jobs."
January 30, 1985 | DON A. SCHANCHE, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II on Tuesday challenged what he called the disproportionate rewards going to capitalist managers, as opposed to those going to workers. The Pope issued the challenge during a Mass in Venezuela's most progressive industrial town before he crossed the South American continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific to begin the second leg of his current pilgrimage in Ecuador.
October 24, 1995
I read, with great interest, Jeremy Rifkin's article, "What's a Worker Worth in a Workless World?" (Commentary, Oct. 11). As a business strategy consultant who has spent the last 15 years advising corporate clients on adaptations to technology, I very much agree with Rifkin. Largely because of technology, we are quickly becoming a nation of haves and have-nots. The haves possess the information, knowledge and education to deal with technology. They're advancing. The have-nots lack the information, knowledge and education to deal with technology.
May 1, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Reeling from the deadly collapse of a building packed with thousands of factory workers, Bangladeshi laborers rallied Wednesday, marking May Day with renewed calls for workplace safety. The death toll steadily swelled in the aftermath of the disaster last week and continued to grow Wednesday as more bodies were pulled from the rubble, reaching 412 people killed in the collapse, according to theĀ  Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha national news agency. Outrage over the disaster spilled into May Day, an annual holiday meant to champion the rights of workers worldwide.
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