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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.
July 12, 2000
Regarding "Cruise, They Said," by Lynn O'Dell (June 21): I read the article about cruising and car clubs with great interest, and when finished, I was left with a nagging question: I wondered how you had managed to talk about street rods, Miatas and other neat vehicles and the clubs associated with them, and neglected to even mention the car that started the whole thing. In 1953 a phenomenon began that today includes hundreds of clubs and thousands of members with national and international affiliations.
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.
September 27, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Security teams wearing riot helmets and wielding plastic shields marched around a Foxconn Technology Group factory that had been the scene of a fight involving 2,000 workers. The campus used by 79,000 workers in Taiyuan in northern Shanxi province showed the damage caused by the Sunday clash among laborers that left more than 40 people hospitalized. Windows in a bathhouse, supermarket, arcade and parked cars were shattered. Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou has moved in recent years to improve conditions at his factories after a spate of suicides.
They may have bigger cars, larger apartments or new VCRs but, a year after winning a share of a $41-million jackpot, 19 of 21 factory workers are still working on an assembly line. "We're not poor, but we're not millionaires," said Kevin Fleming. The men, from 14 countries, had pooled their money and wound up with one of three winning tickets in the Aug. 21, 1985, New York state lottery drawing, which had a jackpot of $41 million to be paid out over 20 years.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina plans to introduce a resolution next week asking that officials consider restoring an industrial health program that critics say would benefit Latinos and others who toil in factories countywide, Molina's spokesman said Friday. Responding to a Times report on Latino factory workers, Molina "found it deplorable that government has turned its back on workers under the guise of budgetary constraints," spokesman Robert Alaniz said. Los Angeles County had an industrial health unit but dismantled it amid budget concerns more than 10 years ago--in apparent violation of state law, The Times found.
FMC Corp.'s farm-chemical business is humming. The result is that Allen Bailey worked all but four days between November and June--including weekends, including Christmas, including the first anniversary of his wedding to Sharon Bailey. Sixty-hour, seven-day workweeks are standard for the chemical technician. At least twice a month he works 16 hours straight.
January 12, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. auto industry plans to add thousands of jobs this year as sales continue to rebound and automakers look to produce more cars in the United States to sidestep currency woes overseas. The growth in domestic manufacturing is coming as U.S. auto sales are recovering from historic lows during the recession. "The yen, the euro, all the currencies that affect the manufacturers' balance sheets, except for the dollar, are in flux. So the only way to hedge is to build where you sell," said Rebecca Lindland, an analyst with IHS Automotive.
March 3, 2013 | By Nikil Saval
When the first modern office buildings sprung up in America at the end of the 19th century, it was an unquestioned expectation that employees would show up for work there every day. Like the factory workers who came before them, office workers usually clocked in and out, and they sat at their desks - most arranged in highly regimented rows - from morning until early evening, under constant supervision. Even trips to the water cooler were often monitored. With the development of computers and more advanced telecommunications in the 1970s, some employees began to imagine a day when it might be possible to work from home, free from oversight and more in control of their work day. Today, working from home is becoming so common that the idea of making every employee come into the office five days a week seems almost tyrannical.
December 8, 1996 | PETER H. KING
Questions for this holiday season: What will Kathie Lee Gifford be putting under the tree for Frank? A hand-knitted sweater? Whose hand? Wow: How can they price those Pocahontas pajamas so low? What's a suitable gift for a freshly downsized executive? Golf clubs? Arc-welding lessons? In what corner of the globe do they stitch together Tickle Me Elmos? Just what is it that consumers are supposed to guess about Guess? jeans? Santa's elves: harmless fable or sweatshop metaphor?
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