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Samsung uses child labor

I love Samsung’s phones, tablets and televisions but like Apple and other tech companies they need to stop taking advantage of people. Samsung isn’t even following its own global code of conduct with the way it treats its workforce.

Green America has launched an online action against the South Korean firm. On the organization’s action page they say:

“Workers in Samsung’s facilities in China and Korea work long hours for little pay and often do not have adequate safety training or equipment to keep themselves safe on the job.  Hundreds of former Samsung workers have become ill after working with dangerous chemicals in its plants in Korea. Most upsetting of all, children younger than 16 were recently found to be working in a Samsung facility in Dongguan, China.”

It’s not like their products are that inexpensive. We’re paying hundreds of dollars for their devices and yet they still condone worker abuse. Samsung is making a great deal of profits so its not like they cannot correct these problems.

via Green America: Economic Action for a Just Planet.

Company supplying iPhone 6 parts fires 24 union leaders

Apple and Samsung are like two peas in an anti-labor pod.  While this post is about an Apple supplier, neither company is without guilt in the global supply chain. I could probably be naming a few other tech companies as well.

Look at what’s happening in the Philippines:

The Dutch multinational, which is reportedly supplying technology for Apple’s new iPhone 6, sacked 24 trade union leaders from the Metal Workers Alliance of the Philippines (MWAP) on 5 May for not working on a series of public holidays.

The company (NXP) then tried to illegally pay off the 24 fired workers to make the whole story go away.

We enjoy the devices these companies make, but the truth is they come at an enormous price–not to us–but to the people who make them. Yet we in the West are in a position to make enough noise to get things changed for the better.

via Philippines: iPhone 6 supplier NXP ramps up intimidation and delaying tactics.

The Tories are trying to ban strikes in the UK

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How much of Kindle Unlimited’s collection is public domain?

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How the BRIC nations are fighting back against Washington

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The AFT and the NEA are fed up with Arne Duncan

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The difference between mayoral administrations in NYC and dealing with labor

It’s quite amazing to see the differences in the policy of how mayoral administrations deal with labor unions.

When current, progressive and union-backed New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) took office on Jan. 1, he made reaching contracts with the city’s unions a top priority. That’s a sharp change in the city administration’s attitude.

De Blasio’s predecessor, multibillionaire Republican-turned-independent Michael Bloomberg, a corporate executive, had let contracts lapse, imposed extensive – and expensive – contracting out of city work and generally antagonized city unions and workers.

Let’s not forget the 2005 transit strike and the way Bloomberg along with then governor George Pataki demonized the transit union back then. While our electoral system might be corrupted by the influence of corporate money in politics, at the local level elections still do matter.

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Why is the US forcing the EU to import tarsands oil?

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Federal judge says death penalty is unconstitutional in California

When it comes to the death penalty the United States has always shared company with some nefarious nations. I’ve always been saddened by how we continue to cling to these archaic notions of justice.

Now thanks to a federal judge in California, the death penalty in the country may have finally met its match.

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that California’s death penalty system violates the U.S. prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment” because rampant delays in appeals decisions coupled with sporadic executions create an “arbitrary” and unfair system of justice.

The ruling is a response to a challenge by Ernest Jones, who has been on Death Row in California for nearly two decades, and commutes his death sentence to life in prison without parole.

Hopefully by the end of this decade we will have seen the end of the death penalty.

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Why are police officers still allowed to use the choke hold?

I remember there being controversy about this tactic years ago. It seems that the NYPD still allows it to be used.