April 28, 1997 |
A violent union protest involving nearly 5,000 workers at an Indonesian factory that makes shoes for Nike Inc. was resolved after the owner, PT Hardaya Aneka Shoe Industry, agreed to a 10.7% pay increase, a Nike spokesman said. Angry workers at the factory outside Jakarta said they were not being paid Indonesia's $2.50-a-day minimum wage, but Nike said they receive more than that. The Beaverton, Ore.
March 28, 1997 |
Teen-age girls paid 20 cents an hour to make $180 Nike sneakers are worked to exhaustion and fondled by their supervisors at Vietnam factories, a labor activist said. "Supervisors humiliate women, force them to kneel, to stand in the hot sun, treating them like recruits in boot camp," said Thuyen Nguyen, founder of Vietnam Labor Watch. Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike Inc. said it suspended one plant manager for forcing women to run laps.
July 27, 1995 |
Few if any of the 200 workers who turned out for a union rally in front of Vans Inc. shoe company believed they could stop the closing of their plant Monday, but Teamsters officials were not about to let it happen quietly. "It's a long shot," said Teamsters official Raul Lopez of a letter presented to the company Wednesday appealing for a last meeting. "But being the Teamsters, we're going to go down swinging."
June 1, 1995 |
Troubled sneaker maker Vans Inc. said Wednesday that it will close its plant here at the end of July, throwing about 1,000 employees out of work and ending a rocky chapter in the longtime Southern California company's history. Vans, one of the few companies still manufacturing shoes in the United States, linked the long-rumored closing to increased competition from lower-cost foreign producers and an inability to make its more popular models here because of environmental restrictions.
June 1, 1995 |
Word that Vans Inc. will close its massive manufacturing plant in Orange was more than just bad news for Sylvia Garibay. It was a family crisis. Not only will Garibay, a 17-year production line veteran, lose her job, but so will four of her sisters, each of whom has spent more than a decade in the aging and dusty factory permeated by the smell of adhesives and rubber products.
April 21, 1995 |
Vans Inc. said Thursday that it has consented to a new union election as part of an agreement to settle federal charges that the sneaker maker interfered with a union vote last year. Under the settlement, in which Vans did not admit to any wrongdoing, the National Labor Relations Board will hold an election on June 30 at the company's factory in Orange. About 1,000 production workers will be eligible to cast ballots for or against the Teamsters union.