December 6, 1989
On the superficial level I knew the horrors of immigrants here in the U.S. However, the appalling conditions in which so many immigrant workers survive, and are so abused, cheated and demeaned were dramatically portrayed in Sonni Efron's "Mother's Plight Turns a Home Into Sweatshop" (Nov. 27). As if the conditions weren't so horrendous as to have children stripped of their education, the fact that this family has yet to see one cent of their money truly disturbs me.
February 15, 1996 |
U.S. Collects Nearly $1 Million for Garment Workers: The Labor Department recovered $997,214 during the government's 1995 fiscal year in back wages for illegally underpaid workers in garment manufacturing shops in the Los Angeles-Orange County area. During the two previous years, authorities collected slightly more than $1 million for garment workers denied minimum wages or overtime pay.
April 6, 1999 |
A Sun Valley manufacturer has agreed to pay $107,000 in back wages and $3,000 in penalties to settle a federal complaint that the company submitted misleading information in order to hire three foreign workers and then underpaid them. Rolene Otero, director of the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division district office in Glendale, said the fines should serve as a warning.
November 26, 1989 |
Ever since Jewish immigrants poured into garment shops on New York's Lower East Side at the turn of the century, the "rag trade" has provided entry-level jobs for refugees. Sewing remains equally attractive to new capitalists. It takes only about $20,000 to $30,000 to rent a shop and sewing machines and launch a garment-contracting business. Orange County has at least 400 such shops, the majority owned by Vietnamese refugees who have immigrated within the last five years.
June 11, 1993 |
More than one-quarter of the manufacturers in Southern California's apparel industry--including some of the area's biggest names in fashion--have been told by the federal government to stop doing business with contractors violating labor laws, newly released documents show. U.S. Labor Department officials issued the directives to 157 Southland apparel manufacturers in a program launched in 1991 to attack minimum wage, overtime pay and child labor law violations in the abuse-ridden industry.
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December 25, 1989 |
When Rolene Otero, enforcement director for the U.S. Department of Labor, began a massive crackdown on garment industry sweatshops in Orange County this year, she knew it would be risky. Helping women and children who sew for wages as low as $1.45 an hour has not always been a high priority at the home office in Washington, she said. But, Otero said: "You've got to do what you have to do and let the chips fall.