June 16, 2010
An inevitable consequence of a country's economic development is that its workforce comes to expect more. More schooling, better jobs, more money. That's what happened in the United States and Japan in the last century, and now it's happening in China, which has seen a series of labor strikes at Honda Motor Co. factories and a spate of suicides at the electronic components plants belonging to Foxconn Technology Group. Younger, better-educated factory workers with aspirations to join China's urban middle class want higher wages and more humane working conditions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1988
The letters in the April 26 issue impel me to write. Each writer hit out at Martin and Kathleen Feldstein's column against increasing the minimum wages. History shows from the birth of capitalism it did not work for people. Adam Smith's book "Wealth of Nations," published in 1776, showed that labor was "the source of all value" but he could not figure why, the more wealth the workers produced "the poorer the workers become." It was Karl Marx who discovered in 1844 the reason why the workers become poorer, the more they produce.
December 10, 2005
RE "When Corporations Pull the Rug Out," by Al Martinez, Dec. 2: This piece speaks for an age in which workers in any institution are vulnerable to having the rug pulled out from under them. It's almost as if being called a Scrooge does not shame modern capitalism anymore. Doesn't that mean we have somehow lost the meaning of Christmas? FRANK M. SIFUENTES Long Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - After the deaths of two workers on BART tracks, the commuter rail system's directors Thursday permanently ended the practice of making employees on the tracks solely responsible for their own safety. The directors of Bay Area Rapid Transit approved a policy that will require train operators or drivers to slow to 25 mph and be prepared to stop when approaching workers on or near the tracks. The change, expected to cause delays in passenger service, is being made after the deaths Saturday of two workers inspecting tracks when a train hit them at 60 to 70 mph. They were working under a procedure called "simple approval" that gave them no warning of approaching trains and required one of them to act as a lookout.
March 16, 2011 |
American workers are more downbeat than ever about their prospects for retirement, a new study has found. But that also means they are starting to realize how bad their financial condition is. Confirming the findings of other recent research, a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found workers growing increasingly doubtful about their ability to finance comfortable retirements. The results were released Tuesday. The percentage of workers describing themselves as "not at all comfortable" about their retirement outlook jumped to 27% from 22% a year ago. Only 13% are "very confident.
June 17, 2013 |
Seven out of 10 workers have "checked out" at work or are "actively disengaged," according to a recent Gallup survey . In its ongoing survey of the American workplace, Gallup found that only 30% of workers are "were engaged, or involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their workplace. " Although that equals the high in engagement since Gallup began studying the issue in 2000, it is overshadowed by the number of workers who aren't committed to a performing at a high level -- which Gallup says costs companies money.
September 24, 2012 |
A brawl involving about 2,000 workers broke out Sunday night at a dormitory that houses Foxconn employees in China's Shanxi province. Forty people were taken to hospitals for medical attention and "a number" of individuals were arrested, Foxconn Technology Group said in a statement. The official New China News Agency put the number of injured at 10. Foxconn, a major supplier to many of the world's electronics giants, is perhaps best known as a maker of Apple products, including iPhones.
February 3, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- The International Olympic Committee said Monday that it has intervened on behalf of workers who built venues and surrounding infrastructure at the 2014 Sochi Games. IOC President Thomas Bach said his organization found "concrete information" regarding the mistreatment of the workers. The IOC subsequently met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and an ombudsman for human rights regarding outstanding payments to the workers. "As a result," Bach said, "we found that 227 million rubles had been paid to workers in 13 companies.