CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1997 |
The bad memories swirled through Juan Canto's head as he marched Saturday through the gritty core of Los Angeles' garment district, past rows of once-elegant office buildings now converted to sewing lofts and supply outlets for the region's largest manufacturing industry. "I remembered working in shops around here and being paid $10-$12 a day for up to 10 hours' work," recalled Canto, who arrived from Mexico six years ago and, like many new immigrants, found his first job in a clothing factory.
February 27, 1997 |
A White House task force engaged in a pioneer effort to eliminate sweatshops plans to recommend pay and overtime standards for foreign apparel factories that fall far short of minimum U.S. requirements. Sources close to the talks say the task force plans to recommend that foreign apparel manufacturers who supply American companies pay overtime wages that are at least equal to regular hourly rates. The group proposes that the regular work week be limited to 60 hours, sources said.
November 23, 1996 |
The latest federal report tracking garment industry violations lists California as the country's worst offender for the quarter ended Sept. 30, followed closely by New York state. Federal investigators recovered $353,686 in back wages owed to 1,013 workers at California apparel companies, according to the Labor Department report. The 98 federal investigations conducted in California between July 1 and Sept. 30 resulted in 67 violations and $98,100 in civil penalties.
November 9, 1996 |
In the first sweep of the Southland's garment industry since the federal minimum wage hike, an overwhelming majority of contractors were found to be paying their workers at the new rate. Investigators had feared the new minimum wage, which went up last month to $4.75 from $4.25, would result in more labor abuses.
October 11, 1996 |
Charge Filed to Reinstate Fired Activist: Ricardo Zelada, a community activist promoting the Proposition 210 initiative to raise California's minimum wage, filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board claiming that he and his stepbrother were fired illegally from their garment factory jobs because of Zelada's advocacy work. Zelada lost his job as a sewing machine operator at Lito Children's Wear in East Los Angeles on Oct.
June 14, 1996 |
They push for their great causes: saving the forests, rescuing the wildlife, begging help for people beset by the cruel pinch of want. And it is tough for them to get attention. Amid so many competing miseries, America is tired of adversity and resists any disturbance to the public slumbering. But every so often there is a breakthrough. And, in a nation obsessed with celebrity, there is no finer way to achieve it than to catch a falling star.