January 31, 1996 |
In an embarrassment to the U.S. Labor Department, state investigators Tuesday raided an El Monte garment contractor that makes clothes for Limited Inc., one of the federal government's so-called good-guy apparel makers that consumers were encouraged to support. The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement filed citations against the contractor, Italy International Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1997 |
They are the real fashion police. They target unscrupulous members of California's burgeoning garment manufacturing industry. Just last month they uncovered a string of illegal home sewing operations during a series of raids, including one in Glendale where investigators confiscated 12 bags of clothing. They are investigators assigned to the state Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, assigned to enforce laws that make it illegal to commercially produce apparel at home.
September 17, 1997 |
A day after public disclosures that a veteran labor inspector was arrested for extortion, the state's top garment enforcer said Tuesday that he will enact sweeping changes in the government's inspection program. Among them are staffing moves that are likely to sharply reduce the number of garment business inspections. Agents will now be required to work with one or more partners when conducting garment raids, said Jose Millan, the state's labor commissioner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2004 |
A lot of what California farming is about today was contained within a gold 1989 Ford Aerostar that arrived at a surprise roadblock by state labor authorities as the sun was coming up Tuesday. The van had no seat belts and was not insured. The driver had neither a driver's license nor the permit required to transport farmworkers. Inside the van were seven passengers, among them three girls who looked under 18 years old.
March 22, 2010 |
Linda Ikeda started her energy-bar business in Long Beach two years ago, hand-mixing, baking and packaging the oat, spice and fruit blends for her Jumpstarter Bodyfuel snacks. She is a sole proprietor, but Ikeda said she had the advantage of working with Phil Glover, a business consultant from the small-business development center at Long Beach City College. He met with Ikeda monthly for more than a year, giving her free advice on how to write a business plan, cut production costs and sell her bars to Whole Foods Market stores and other businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1996 |
Two weeks ago in the dark of morning, he walked across the Rio Grande near Brownsville, Texas, with several dozen other illegal immigrants from Central America. Their passage went undetected by Border Patrol agents who presumably had been outwitted by the "coyote" smuggling this 13-year-old on a furtive journey through Mexico and across the border. Jesus paid the man $2,900. The price and risk have gone up since politicians demanded a crackdown at the border.
May 3, 1995 |
Calling it one of the most serious and unusual labor violations in the garment industry, state officials have found that a big Santa Ana apparel maker required many of its minimum-wage workers to essentially pay to work there. Jose Millan, the state's deputy labor commissioner, said California and federal investigators are preparing to fine Clothes Connection "several hundred thousand dollars" for overtime wage violations and for charging workers more than $100 every month for work tools.
January 11, 1996 |
Launching its most ambitious drive to crack down on Southern California's troubled garment industry, state labor investigators said Wednesday that they will inspect 1,000 apparel contractors and manufacturers this year, a sharp boost from 1995. Jose Millan, the state's interim labor commissioner in San Francisco, said the increased effort stems largely from the shocking discovery last year of Thai sewing workers in El Monte who toiled in what authorities called slave-like conditions.
October 3, 1998 |
With farmhands in short supply, some Central Valley wine grape growers are turning to a hard-charging alternative work force: mechanical harvesters. Raymond Jacobsen of J&L Vineyards in Fresno is running his two big machines more than in years past. The equipment requires 10 workers, instead of the 75 or 80 typically needed for handpicking. And though the machines tend to need frequent minor repairs, they can work a double shift without running afoul of labor laws.
May 21, 1996 |
In a new salvo against labor law abuses in the apparel-manufacturing industry, the Labor Department rebuked several major retailers Monday, including J.C. Penney Co. and Macy's, that have been selling merchandise produced at three alleged sweatshops. One of the three is a south Los Angeles knitwear firm--known alternately as Chums Casual, Chums Knitwear and Stephen K. Corp.--cited by the Labor Department on charges of violating minimum wage and overtime pay laws.