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Protesters deliver petitions demanding Apple respect worker rights - Protesters on Thursday delivered petitions to Apple’s store in New York’s Grand Central Terminal demanding the company improve worker conditions in its factories in Southeast Asia. An annual internal audit of Apple’s supply chain found many of its suppliers overworked and underpay employees, and nearly one-third were negligent in managing hazardous substances. 
See related post on the working conditions in China

    Protesters deliver petitions demanding Apple respect worker rights - Protesters on Thursday delivered petitions to Apple’s store in New York’s Grand Central Terminal demanding the company improve worker conditions in its factories in Southeast Asia. An annual internal audit of Apple’s supply chain found many of its suppliers overworked and underpay employees, and nearly one-third were negligent in managing hazardous substances.

    See related post on the working conditions in China

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #apple  #china  #employees overworked and underpaid  #news  #outsourcing  #politics  #protests  #working conditions  #american labor  #class war  #income redistribution  #unemployment 
    Obama: We need a president who will fight for American jobs, not an “outsourcing pioneer” →

    As reported by Buzzfeed, at a campaign event at Hillsborough Community College’s Dale Mabry Campus in Tampa, Florida, President Obama riffed on a Washington Post article which revealed yesterday that while at Bain Capital, Romney… “pioneered” the outsourcing of jobs overseas:

    “We’re going to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion. I have a detailed plan that will cut spending we can’t afford, strengthen programs like Medicare for the long haul, and reform our tax code in a way that’s fair and responsible. My plan will stop giving tax breaks to businesses that ship jobs and factories overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs and manufacturing right here in the United States of America. Now, not only does Governor Romney disagree with this plan, today it was reported in The Washington Post that the companies his firm owned were ‘pioneers’ in the outsourcing of American jobs to places like China and India. Pioneers! Tampa, we don’t need an outsourcing pioneer in the Oval Office. We need a President who will fight for American jobs and American manufacturing. And that’s what my plan will do.”

    On the same subject, Stephanie Cutter shares Romney’s economic plan of eliminating US taxes on foreign profits of US companies and his career of shipping American jobs all over the world.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #class war  #economy  #income redistribution  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #bain capital  #China  #India  #job creator  #jobs  #Mitt Romney  #offshoring  #outsourcing  #outsourcing pioneer  #President Obama  #reward companies that create jobs here  #stephanie cutter  #stop giving tax breaks to outsourcing companies  #taxes on foreign profits of US companies 
    Romney adviser compares sending American jobs overseas to Obama ‘outsourcing’ to OMAHA →

    Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie engaged in a game of semantics, during an appearance on CNN yesterday. He compared Bain Capital sending jobs overseas while Mitt Romney was the CEO to President Barack Obama’s campaign “outsourcing” telemarketing to places like Omaha, Nebraska.

    “The reporter confused the notion of outsourcing — now a lot of American companies outsource,” Gillespie explained. “They outsource domestically as well. For example, the Obama for America campaign outsources from its own campaign telemarketing services.”

    “To Omaha or wherever it is,” CNN host Candy Crowley pointed out. “But we’re talking about foreign jobs here.”

    Pat Garofalo and Igor Volsky at Think Progress acknowledge there is a difference between “outsourcing” and “offshoring” but:

    […] “This simply doesn’t change the fact that Bain, under Romney, invested in companies whose sole purpose was to move jobs to other countries, directly countering the narrative that Romney has been trying to set.”

    …work that could have been done here. American jobs lost forever, for the financial gain of a few.

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #class war  #income redistribution  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #american jobs  #bain capital  #China  #CNN  #ed gillespie  #for the benefit of a few  #India  #jobs  #Mitt Romney  #offshoring  #omaha  #outsourcing  #outsourcing pioneers  #overseas  #President Obama  #semantics 
    The Romney campaign wants the WaPo to RETRACT the Bain outsourcing story →

    And the Washington Post is actually entertaining this ridiculous request?

    TPM reports: “Washington Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti confirmed that editors are meeting with Romney officials to discuss the campaign’s request for a retraction of the paper’s story on Bain Capital’s outsourcing. ”The editors really do take complaints seriously,” she told TPM. ‘They’re always willing to listen to people’s concerns. That’s what they’re doing.’”

    I have a concern: who owns the Washington Post — and was the owner in Park City, Utah last weekend?

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #class war  #journalism  #media  #news  #politics  #editors  #ludicrous  #Mitt Romney  #mitt romney is a fragile butterfly  #offshoring  #outsourcing  #Republicans  #retract story  #romney campaign  #washington post  #who owns the media? 
    Washington Post: No retraction on Bain Capital outsourcing story
TPM: “The Washington Post’s top editors just wrapped up a meeting with Romney officials to discuss the campaign’s request for a retraction of the paper’s story on Bain Capital’s outsourcing. “We are very confident in our reporting,” Washington Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti told TPM after the meeting, adding that appointments with people concerned about coverage are common.”

    Washington Post: No retraction on Bain Capital outsourcing story

    TPM: “The Washington Post’s top editors just wrapped up a meeting with Romney officials to discuss the campaign’s request for a retraction of the paper’s story on Bain Capital’s outsourcing. “We are very confident in our reporting,” Washington Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti told TPM after the meeting, adding that appointments with people concerned about coverage are common.”

    — 1 year ago with 8 notes
    #journalism  #media  #news  #politics  #bain capital  #ha ha ha  #LOL  #Mitt Romney  #offshoring  #outsourcing  #Republicans  #retract story  #washington post  #won't retract story 
    In 30 years CEO pay grew 127 times faster than worker pay: do Americans want MORE inequality?
ThinkProgress: According to an analysis by the pay research group Equilar, compensation for top bank CEOs grew by nearly 12 percent last year. The Financial Times noted that    these increases occurred “despite widespread falls in profits and share prices“ […] According to a different estimate by Bloomberg News, Wall Street CEO pay grew by 20 percent last year. At the same time, worker wages grew by only 2.1 percent. And inflation adjusted wages actually declined by 0.6 percent between March 2011 and March 2012. […] Over the last 30 years, CEO pay has increased 127 times faster than worker pay. 
That time frame for unequal growth in CEO / worker pay coincides with the time period that Mitt Romney and Bain Capital (and companies like theirs) began their siege on outsourcing (offshoring!) American jobs. That’s quite a coincidence, isn’t it?
What’s sad about these facts is that low-information voters are completely missing the point: according to a Pew poll, Americans currently give Romney an 8-point lead over Obama on who they trust to handle the economy better. Seriously.
Profit for a few at the expense of many — do these people understand they’re saying that’s exactly the kind of economy they approve of with Mitt Romney?

    In 30 years CEO pay grew 127 times faster than worker pay: do Americans want MORE inequality?

    ThinkProgress: According to an analysis by the pay research group Equilar, compensation for top bank CEOs grew by nearly 12 percent last year. The Financial Times noted that    these increases occurred “despite widespread falls in profits and share prices“ […] According to a different estimate by Bloomberg News, Wall Street CEO pay grew by 20 percent last year. At the same time, worker wages grew by only 2.1 percent. And inflation adjusted wages actually declined by 0.6 percent between March 2011 and March 2012. […] Over the last 30 years, CEO pay has increased 127 times faster than worker pay. 

    That time frame for unequal growth in CEO / worker pay coincides with the time period that Mitt Romney and Bain Capital (and companies like theirs) began their siege on outsourcing (offshoring!) American jobs. That’s quite a coincidence, isn’t it?

    What’s sad about these facts is that low-information voters are completely missing the point: according to a Pew poll, Americans currently give Romney an 8-point lead over Obama on who they trust to handle the economy better. Seriously.

    Profit for a few at the expense of many — do these people understand they’re saying that’s exactly the kind of economy they approve of with Mitt Romney?

    — 1 year ago
    #class war  #economy  #income redistribution  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #american jobs  #American workers  #average workers  #bain capital  #ceo pay increased 127 times faster than worker pay  #CEOs  #income inequality  #jobs  #living wage  #Mitt Romney  #offshoring  #outsourcing  #pew poll  #President Obama  #profit for a few at the expense of many