June 12, 2008 |
Though government immigration initiatives are often attacked for bringing foreign employees into the U.S., rarely are the immigrant workers the main critics. On Wednesday, however, a dozen workers from India ended a four-week hunger strike that was meant to highlight their allegations that a guest worker program is abusing foreign laborers and shutting Americans out of decent jobs.
August 17, 2007 |
While Gap Inc.'s stores have been disappointing shoppers and investors, the factories making the retailer's clothes have been treating workers better, according to the company's latest assessment of its labor practices. The update released Thursday marked the third time the owner of the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic chains had publicly critiqued the conditions in overseas factories often derided as "sweatshops" because of abuses inflicted on employees.
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June 11, 2007 |
Nicole Oswell was a straight-A student passionately interested since first grade in following in her mother's footsteps as a registered nurse. But she had to wait two years to get into Los Angeles Trade Tech's nursing program, she said, her frustration mounting as national nursing shortages worsened. Lizbeth Gutierrez got lucky. Her wait was only six months.
May 27, 2007 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- From Ukraine to Ecuador, scores of young maids and dishwashers are having trouble getting U.S. visas this spring -- and that means trouble in Yosemite Valley. "I've been making beds and scrubbing showers," said Tracy Rogge, vice president of operations for park concessionaire Delaware North Cos. The chief operating officer "cleaned toilets and bagged groceries. Our director of finance was making burgers. This really caught us off-guard." Laura Chastain, recruiting manager for Delaware North, estimates that she is 300 employees short.
May 15, 2007 |
A local news website's editor who hired two reporters in India to cover Pasadena said he had been so overwhelmed by reaction to his plan that he had to postpone publication of their first stories. James Macpherson said he had not found the time he hoped to train one of his new staffers to cover Monday's City Council meeting, shown on the Web.
January 24, 2007 |
Gunmen demanding a ransom kidnapped an American engineer and a British engineer on their way to work in Nigeria's southern oil city of Port Harcourt, authorities said. The abduction brings to 29 the number of foreign workers held by armed groups in the remote swamps of the Niger Delta. Diplomats said the two men worked for local construction firm Pivot. A security source said the kidnappers demanded $11.7 million.