Former iPhone Factory Workers Call for Reform in Open Letter

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[citation][nom]Houndsteeth[/nom]Not apologizing for Apple, but in this case, they were not the culprit for the n-hexane poisoning. Apple production specs called for the use of alcohol to clean all the affected parts. It was the decision of a line manager to use n-hexane because it was cheaper and easier to acquire than alcohol. Since there really is not government oversight body like OSHA to enforce worker safety, the change of cleaning chemicals also raised to red flags or warnings, and all the workers in the section were affected by n-hexane poisoning, leaving several of them hospitalized for months.Should Apple step up and do something for these workers? At least from a public relations standpoint, they should do what they can to help these workers, since they profited from their misfortune. But doing so would amount to a claim of responsibility, so I am sure their lawyers are warning them against any public admission of any level of responsibility.By the way, Apple was not the only company that contracted with this manufacturer. The company in question had contracts with a large number of major electronics companies, American, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese. Are any of them being held to the flame like Apple? Or is it because Apple happens to be the one holding the most cash at the moment?[/citation]
why do you think so many american corporations are moving entire industries to china? exactly for the reasons there is no OSHA, or EPA protections as well as cheap labor.
all of those are real world costs here in america, you think executives don't know how by passing these restrictions figures into their costs? it's one of the first things they look at after they see the labor and facilities costs. it's examined as fines and lawsuits costs every quarter.
 

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[citation][nom]f-14[/nom]why do you think so many american corporations are moving entire industries to china? exactly for the reasons there is no OSHA, or EPA protections as well as cheap labor.all of those are real world costs here in america, you think executives don't know how by passing these restrictions figures into their costs? it's one of the first things they look at after they see the labor and facilities costs. it's examined as fines and lawsuits costs every quarter.[/citation]
You think this is a corporate America problem only? China is a world economy dumping-ground for a large number of countries. America may be number 1 purely by size of economy, but there are many more doing the same thing. It's just that any corporation looking to maximize stockholder happiness (regardless of headquarter location) as well as profits (name one that isn't anyway), has pushed manufacturing off into China. China is a byproduct my means of how their leaders have shaped their country and any economy of wealth exploits this.
 
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