October 16, 1992 |
A handful of misleading statements were made during the debate last night among President Bush, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and independent Ross Perot. Among them: TRADE. Perot said free-trade agreements with countries that pay low wages and do not impose environmental regulations on business lead to mass losses of U.S. jobs. Fact: He's wrong. Bush was right when he said such agreements stimulate net gains of new U.S. jobs. Rising U.S. exports have been responsible for more than half the growth of the U.S. economy in the last five years.
November 18, 2012 |
BERLIN - Swedish furniture giant Ikea, whose U.S. headquarters is in Conshohocken, expressed regret Friday that it benefited from the use of forced prison labor by some of its suppliers in communist East Germany more than two decades ago. The company released an independent report showing that East German prisoners, among them many political dissidents, were involved in the manufacture of goods supplied to Ikea 25 to 30 years ago. The report concluded...
November 13, 1997 |
Fifty years ago, Harry Wu was a carefree Jesuit school student living in the wealthy suburbs of Shanghai. He cared more about baseball and girls than politics. This week, before an audience at the Hill School, the human-rights activist and Chinese dissident, 60, reflected on the harrowing experiences he has lived through since his comfortable childhood. Some Americans may remember Wu as the man who exposed prison labor in China by smuggling video cameras into prisons for a 60 Minutes expose.
June 14, 1991 |
On May 2, 61 members of Congress joined me as original co-sponsors of a bill to condition renewal of China's most favored nation status on an improvement in human rights conditions there. MFN entitles a country to the lowest tariffs on its exports to the United States. By law, we are not allowed to extend MFN to a country with a centralized economy - a communist system. However, the president has the power to waive the law, as President Bush has done with China. In the 1980s, privatization was encouraged by China's government, special economic zones were established and central government control over microeconomic decision-making was relaxed.
May 27, 2012 |
MIAMI - The Cuban government-owned enterprise Provari is known on the island for making everything from bricks and construction blocks to mattresses, tourist handicrafts, and the insecticide Lomate - "I Killed It. " What is less well known is that the vast majority of its workers are prison inmates - what dissidents denounce as "slave laborers" who work with few safety protections and receive meager wages or are not paid at all. Prison labor...
April 1, 1992 |
PEP BOYS HIKES DIVIDEND Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack, the chain of auto stores based in Philadelphia, announced yesterday that it was raising the quarterly cash dividend on its common stock from 3.25 cents a share to 3.5 cents, payable July 27 to shareholders of record on July 13. The company will pay the old dividend rate of 3.25 cents a share on April 27 to holders of record on April 13. Pep Boys added Thomas G. Stemberg, chairman and...
December 2, 1992
When a printing company offers to do a job for less than a city department that uses 50-cent-an-hour prison labor, it's little wonder the Rendell administration champs at the bit to move inefficiently produced government services into the hands of private businesses. Turning to the private sector, though, has proven to be a tough slog for a mayor who figures there's $30 million in potential savings from having private firms compete to perform city work. As Inquirer staff writer Vernon Loeb detailed last week, none of the 20 city services targeted for privatization has been handed over to private firms so far. Few comparisons are as stark as the one on printing with prison labor - cited by the city's Purchasing Department as proof that its own print shop is costly and antiquated.
April 23, 1996 |
Managers from 29 Eastern Montgomery County towns have expressed interest in a plan to put inmates from the county prison in Eagleville to work at seasonal jobs with local governments. Representatives of the Montgomery County Consortium, an organization of managers from the 29 towns, gave East Norriton officials the word to continue negotiating this week with a company that has proposed to put the plan into action. The Florida-based company, Labor World, opened an office in Norristown last year.
May 5, 1995 |
China is secretly engaged in harvesting organs from executed prisoners to raise money for a cash-strapped society, human rights advocates and Chinese dissidents said yesterday. "Anybody in this world needing an organ transplant can catch a plane to mainland China, present $30,000 in cash - U.S. money - and receive a new organ within hours," said Sen. Jesse Helms (R., N.C.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Helms, who in recent years has criticized China's use of prison labor to produce exports, is waging an uphill battle against renewal of China's favorable trading status with the United States.
December 7, 2012
China's use of prison labor As Mayor Nutter forges relations with Chinese industry, and as Philadelphians look to China for models of development, everyone should be aware that many Chinese factories are in fact forced labor camps ("Nutter gets to know sister city," Monday). These camps, called laogai , hold millions of people who have been arrested for petty crimes, political offenses, or no wrongdoing at all. Laborers work for no pay, often for years, without any means of communication with life outside the camp.