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2012-12-05 02:36:34 PM
Walmart is 10 0 percent committed to worker safety, as long they don't have to talk about it or pay for anything

/FTFY
 
2012-12-05 02:57:25 PM
I'm shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that Walmart puts profits ahead of employee safety.
 
2012-12-05 03:59:42 PM
But it's not their employees....
 
2012-12-05 04:09:50 PM
It's dangerous out there: we lock the cleaning crew in the store overnight for their own protection.
 
2012-12-05 04:31:37 PM

mcreadyblue: But it's not their employees....


Conveniently arranged that way, like the distribution center workers in southern California. "Let's make sure to get a few layers of intermediary facade companies between us and the people we intend to exploit."
 
2012-12-05 04:32:14 PM

mcreadyblue: But it's not their employees....


I think that's how I read the article. The manufacturer's wanted Walmart and other customers to pay to fix/make safe the manufacturer's business?
 
2012-12-05 04:33:04 PM
All these companies care about is producing goods for the lowest amount of cost. These production factories advertise themselves as being capable to doing the job for the right price, if the factory messes up for whatever reason then the account is dropped and the client moves on to another factory.

Wal-Mart isn't responsible for the factory's welfare, all that matters for Wal-Mart is that QA/QC are up to par so that the product looks and feels the way it's supposed to.
 
2012-12-05 04:54:01 PM

Madame Psychosis: mcreadyblue: But it's not their employees....

Conveniently arranged that way, like the distribution center workers in southern California. "Let's make sure to get a few layers of intermediary facade companies between us and the people we intend to exploit."


Well, the difference here is that we're talking about manufacturers. They've typically been different companies. The use of third parties for distribution is something new.

I think the main issue here is that Bangladesh isn't enforcing their already lax safety standards. It sounds as if those need to be enhanced and enforced. Asking your buyers to directly pay for that seems like attacking the issue from the wrong end.

OTOH, many of these companies most likely lack the sort of capital needed to do the improvements, so unless they want to be passed along the cost of paying interest or go setup shop elsewhere, they might want to consider some loans.
 
2012-12-05 05:03:01 PM

LegacyDL: All these companies care about is producing goods for the lowest amount of cost. These production factories advertise themselves as being capable to doing the job for the right price, if the factory messes up for whatever reason then the account is dropped and the client moves on to another factory.

Wal-Mart isn't responsible for the factory's welfare, all that matters for Wal-Mart is that QA/QC are up to par so that the product looks and feels the way it's supposed to.


I'm not sure if I agree with that. Depends on whether Wal-Mart was pressuring the Bengladeshi inspectors to pass buildings that shouldn't have passed. I also think large businesses do have a responsibility to ensure that their contractors are at least make an effort to be legal. If they're just purchasing a product from an independent company, that would be different.
 
2012-12-05 05:19:20 PM
....a Wal-Mart director of ethical sourcing.....

hahahwha?
 
2012-12-05 05:23:12 PM

The Jami Turman Fan Club:

I'm not sure if I agree with that. Depends on whether Wal-Mart was pressuring the Bengladeshi inspectors to pass buildings that shouldn't have passed. I also think large businesses do have a responsibility to ensure that their contractors are at least make an effort to be legal. If they're just purchasing a product from an independent company, that would be different.


OK, here's the deal. Wal-Mart doesn't think it has responsibility to any of the employees of its contractors. They consider that to be the contractor's responsibility.

That's why their cleaning crews are all illegal immigrants. It's the contractor's fault.
That's why their lousy Chinese flip-flops cause chemical burns. It's the contractor's fault.
That's why their Bangladeshi sweatshop is a human fire trap. It's the contractor's fault.

As long as their customers demand the lowest prices and damn the consequences... it's their customers fault.
 
2012-12-05 05:25:43 PM

Rapmaster2000: The Jami Turman Fan Club:

I'm not sure if I agree with that. Depends on whether Wal-Mart was pressuring the Bengladeshi inspectors to pass buildings that shouldn't have passed. I also think large businesses do have a responsibility to ensure that their contractors are at least make an effort to be legal. If they're just purchasing a product from an independent company, that would be different.

OK, here's the deal. Wal-Mart doesn't think it has responsibility to any of the employees of its contractors. They consider that to be the contractor's responsibility.

That's why their cleaning crews are all illegal immigrants. It's the contractor's fault.
That's why their lousy Chinese flip-flops cause chemical burns. It's the contractor's fault.
That's why their Bangladeshi sweatshop is a human fire trap. It's the contractor's fault.

As long as their customers demand the lowest prices and damn the consequences... it's their customers fault.


As a Walmart customer do they have a responsibility to help me pay my mortgage?
 
2012-12-05 05:33:18 PM

HempHead: Rapmaster2000: The Jami Turman Fan Club:

I'm not sure if I agree with that. Depends on whether Wal-Mart was pressuring the Bengladeshi inspectors to pass buildings that shouldn't have passed. I also think large businesses do have a responsibility to ensure that their contractors are at least make an effort to be legal. If they're just purchasing a product from an independent company, that would be different.

OK, here's the deal. Wal-Mart doesn't think it has responsibility to any of the employees of its contractors. They consider that to be the contractor's responsibility.

That's why their cleaning crews are all illegal immigrants. It's the contractor's fault.
That's why their lousy Chinese flip-flops cause chemical burns. It's the contractor's fault.
That's why their Bangladeshi sweatshop is a human fire trap. It's the contractor's fault.

As long as their customers demand the lowest prices and damn the consequences... it's their customers fault.

As a Walmart customer do they have a responsibility to help me pay my mortgage?


I think I know what you're getting at, but sorry, you are contributing to this bullshiat. I'm not immune myself. Unless you're making everything in your backwoods compound, you're contributing to bullshiat.

I know you don't like to hear that. Most people don't, but I'm cool with it.

I don't need sunshine and rainbows blown up my ass.
 
2012-12-05 05:41:50 PM
Another day, another Walmart thread.
 
2012-12-05 05:54:50 PM

Walker: I'm shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that Walmart puts profits ahead of employee safety.


I guess I shouldnt be shocked that everyone feels that wal mart should pay for upgrades at a contractors site that makes their clothes, remind me again how is that responsibility? If I were to walk into one of our customers office that we don contract work and ask them to pay a ton of money to upgrade our conditions they would laugh in our face..

But then wal mart is evil and the reason for small towns being destroyed when thats a lie made up to attack corporations.
 
2012-12-05 05:57:27 PM

The Jami Turman Fan Club: Depends on whether Wal-Mart was pressuring the Bengladeshi inspectors to pass buildings that shouldn't have passed. I also think large businesses do have a responsibility to ensure that their contractors are at least make an effort to be legal.


You are making assumptions which is usual for these kinds of threads, as for responsibility to make their contractors buildings legal, thats the responsibility of the country not wal mart.
 
2012-12-05 05:59:56 PM

Rapmaster2000: HempHead: Rapmaster2000: The Jami Turman Fan Club:

I'm not sure if I agree with that. Depends on whether Wal-Mart was pressuring the Bengladeshi inspectors to pass buildings that shouldn't have passed. I also think large businesses do have a responsibility to ensure that their contractors are at least make an effort to be legal. If they're just purchasing a product from an independent company, that would be different.

OK, here's the deal. Wal-Mart doesn't think it has responsibility to any of the employees of its contractors. They consider that to be the contractor's responsibility.

That's why their cleaning crews are all illegal immigrants. It's the contractor's fault.
That's why their lousy Chinese flip-flops cause chemical burns. It's the contractor's fault.
That's why their Bangladeshi sweatshop is a human fire trap. It's the contractor's fault.

As long as their customers demand the lowest prices and damn the consequences... it's their customers fault.

As a Walmart customer do they have a responsibility to help me pay my mortgage?

I think I know what you're getting at, but sorry, you are contributing to this bullshiat. I'm not immune myself. Unless you're making everything in your backwoods compound, you're contributing to bullshiat.

I know you don't like to hear that. Most people don't, but I'm cool with it.

I don't need sunshine and rainbows blown up my ass.


There are some things I don't mind buying at Walmart. Mainly items that I would find at Target or the grocery store.

Or Magic the Gathering cards. Cause I'm an addict.

/I don't like wal*mart
//mom and her sister do
///"Unions are terrorists that hold companies hostage", she says. Blagh.
 
2012-12-05 06:01:37 PM

steamingpile: Walker: I'm shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that Walmart puts profits ahead of employee safety.

I guess I shouldnt be shocked that everyone feels that wal mart should pay for upgrades at a contractors site that makes their clothes, remind me again how is that responsibility? If I were to walk into one of our customers office that we don contract work and ask them to pay a ton of money to upgrade our conditions they would laugh in our face..

But then wal mart is evil and the reason for small towns being destroyed when thats a lie made up to attack corporations.


True. People like me and you understand Personal Responsibility.

When I buy at Wal-Mart, I know I'm getting the cheapest clothing produced in substandard conditions by child labor. When they burn up in a fire, I don't blame Wal-Mart or the sweatshop. I blame me. I accept that responsibility.

Too bad most people have forgotten what Personal Responsibility means.
 
2012-12-05 06:11:30 PM
The reason why companies like Walmart outsource this stuff is because 100 years our country outlawed this kind of behavior. So now Walmart goes to other countries who DON'T enforce safety laws (or even have them in the first place), and we're shocked when hundreds die every year. We bought this, by being too cheap to spend a extra dollar or two on a t shirt or skirt. Walmart knew the issues and still used that factory. Shame on them, and shame on Walmart shoppers for allowing Walmart to get away with it. We shouldn't be having any Triangle Shirtwaist fires in this day and age.

www.dock.net
 
2012-12-05 06:16:34 PM

Summercat:
There are some things I don't mind buying at Walmart. Mainly items that I would find at Target or the grocery store.

Or Magic the Gathering cards. Cause I'm an addict.

/I don't like wal*mart
//mom and her sister do
///"Unions are terrorists that hold companies hostage", she says. Blagh.


Unless you're buying your clothes from AA, American Giant, Red Wing, Betabrand, or Diesel (jeans only), it's probably made in a hellhole. That's all I'm getting at. I'm sitting here in a Banana Republic shirt that was likely stitched together by whatever slave labor the GAP was able to cobble together. Meh.
 
2012-12-05 06:19:29 PM
Not to white knight Walmart on this, but they ARE legally correct. It's their suppliers and suppliers' subcontracting areas that are dangerous, not a Walmart store directly.

Now, whether companies should be responsible to ensure fair trade and labor standards in places they do business is a completely different discussion - one that is LONG overdue. As Rapmaster2000 said up-thread - it's the consumer's fault.
 
2012-12-05 06:36:05 PM

AiryAnne: mcreadyblue: But it's not their employees....

I think that's how I read the article. The manufacturer's wanted Walmart and other customers to pay to fix/make safe the manufacturer's business?


That's generally the way things work. Where should the money come from if not from your customers?

Walmart, Gap, et. al.: We're catching shiat about your unsafe factories from the farking libs back home. So we want you to fix them.

Factory owners: OK, but you're going to have to pay us higher prices for things.

Walmart: Fark that. Just fix them.
 
2012-12-05 06:43:49 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Not to white knight Walmart on this, but they ARE legally correct.


That's the best kind of correct.
 
Juc
2012-12-05 06:49:05 PM
I needed some additional money a while back so I took a job at Walmart, I walked off the job the second they asked me to do something unsafe, which was only minute 15 of day 2.
I'd rather starve than kill myself for Walmart.
 
2012-12-05 07:04:03 PM

Rapmaster2000: When I buy at Wal-Mart, I know I'm getting the cheapest clothing produced in substandard conditions by child labor. When they burn up in a fire, I don't blame Wal-Mart or the sweatshop. I blame me. I accept that responsibility.


Well I havent bought clothes at a wal mart so thats all on you man.......

Wellon Dowd: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Not to white knight Walmart on this, but they ARE legally correct.

That's the best kind of correct.


People refuse to blame the country for not making sure they abide by the rules or safety, they just want to keep the jobs in their country at any cost so the media has to spin the blame back onto wal mart.
 
2012-12-05 07:08:58 PM

Juc: I needed some additional money a while back so I took a job at Walmart, I walked off the job the second they asked me to do something unsafe, which was only minute 15 of day 2.
I'd rather starve than kill myself for Walmart.


Shoulda just bought a condom, they're cheap at Walmart.
 
2012-12-05 07:22:15 PM

steamingpile: Rapmaster2000: When I buy at Wal-Mart, I know I'm getting the cheapest clothing produced in substandard conditions by child labor. When they burn up in a fire, I don't blame Wal-Mart or the sweatshop. I blame me. I accept that responsibility.

Well I havent bought clothes at a wal mart so thats all on you man.......


Well, right, but you know that most every piece of clothing you bought on lowest price was lowest priced for a reason. You have Personal Responsibility. You don't lie to yourself like these other people. You know why those cheap jeans you buy are cheap. Good on you.
 
2012-12-05 07:24:09 PM

steamingpile: The Jami Turman Fan Club: Depends on whether Wal-Mart was pressuring the Bengladeshi inspectors to pass buildings that shouldn't have passed. I also think large businesses do have a responsibility to ensure that their contractors are at least make an effort to be legal.

You are making assumptions which is usual for these kinds of threads, as for responsibility to make their contractors buildings legal, thats the responsibility of the country not wal mart.


I mostly agree with you, but Bangladesh is in a tough situation as far as that goes. If they spend too much improving worker safety they might have to raise prices and if another country can provide the same kind of crap cheaper Walmart will just buy from them and then Bangladesh will lose a valuable revenue source.

I can understand the argument that consumers and Walmart still bear at least some moral responsibility. Crap - I just checked the shirt I'm wearing (bought at Sam's Club - made in Bangladesh). It's an awesome shirt and was dirt cheap, but if consumers boycott anything made in Bangladesh because of worker treatment those workers will be out of work.
 
2012-12-05 07:34:34 PM

Happy Hours:

I can understand the argument that consumers and Walmart still bear at least some moral responsibility. Crap - I just checked the shirt I'm wearing (bought at Sam's Club - made in Bangladesh). It's an awesome shirt and was dirt cheap, but if consumers boycott anything made in Bangladesh because of worker treatment those workers will be out of work.


And I can see this as well. Most Bangladeshis would probably rather run the risk of burning to death than starving on the farm. Just accepting my responsibility in the global economy is all. Every choice has consequences.

Still, it would be nice if my choices didn't contribute to anyone's personal doom. I think the only things I really try to avoid out of moral hazard are diamonds, cocaine, and imported weed. There, the consequences on the extraction societies is too great. I can't really enjoy a high when I know that it gives the Zetas the power to extort entire towns.
 
2012-12-05 08:06:44 PM
Lets make this simple shall we?

Walmart has a choice.

They can do business with companies who take the safety of their employees into account - those companies charge $X + $Y for their product

Or they can do business with companies who don't or can't or won't take the safety of their employees into account - these companies only charge $X for their product.

Better Ethical choices ALWAYS cost money.

I wonder what motivates Walmart in their business decisions?
 
2012-12-05 08:11:45 PM

SovietCanuckistan: Unless you're buying your clothes from AA, American Giant, Red Wing, Betabrand, or Diesel (jeans only), it's probably made in a hellhole. That's all I'm getting at. I'm sitting here in a Banana Republic shirt that was likely stitched together by whatever slave labor the GAP was able to cobble together. Meh.

Which makes Banana Republic probably the only honestly-named clothing brand out there.

/seriously, you buy clothes named "Third World shiathole Plutocracy" By "Empty Space"?
 
2012-12-05 08:16:40 PM

kertus: Lets make this simple shall we?

As a consumer, I have a choice.

I can do business with companies who take the safety of their employees into account - those companies charge $X + $Y for their product

Or I can do business with companies who don't or can't or won't take the safety of their employees into account - these companies only charge $X for their product.

Better Ethical choices ALWAYS cost money.

I wonder what motivates consumers like me in our business decisions?

 
2012-12-05 08:20:14 PM

Rapmaster2000: Summercat:
There are some things I don't mind buying at Walmart. Mainly items that I would find at Target or the grocery store.

Or Magic the Gathering cards. Cause I'm an addict.

/I don't like wal*mart
//mom and her sister do
///"Unions are terrorists that hold companies hostage", she says. Blagh.

Unless you're buying your clothes from AA, American Giant, Red Wing, Betabrand, or Diesel (jeans only), it's probably made in a hellhole. That's all I'm getting at. I'm sitting here in a Banana Republic shirt that was likely stitched together by whatever slave labor the GAP was able to cobble together. Meh.


Aye. Aye, i know - but at least the plaves i shop arent evil domestically ( or as evil) so its a step up. I cant affotd to go off the grid...
 
2012-12-05 08:20:34 PM

Ishidan: SovietCanuckistan: Unless you're buying your clothes from AA, American Giant, Red Wing, Betabrand, or Diesel (jeans only), it's probably made in a hellhole. That's all I'm getting at. I'm sitting here in a Banana Republic shirt that was likely stitched together by whatever slave labor the GAP was able to cobble together. Meh.
Which makes Banana Republic probably the only honestly-named clothing brand out there.

/seriously, you buy clothes named "Third World shiathole Plutocracy" By "Empty Space"?


They also own "Asbestos Contaminated Military Vessels".
 
2012-12-05 08:35:15 PM
More like.

Walmart is 100 percent committed to whatever that doesn't include their profit margin, as long as there are legal reasons to do so and then only as much as they have to/can get away with.
 
2012-12-05 09:57:50 PM
Huge tariffs on goods imported from places without safety standards. That is all.
 
2012-12-05 11:59:02 PM
wasn't the place that burned also making stuff for Sean Combs Enyce clothing line?
 
2012-12-06 02:54:26 AM
FTA: "Specifically to the issue of any corrections on electrical and fire safety, we are talking about 4,500 factories, and in most cases very extensive and costly modifications would need to be undertaken to some factories," they said in the document. "It is not financially feasible for the brands to make such investments."

See this is why we don't need OSHA, it's an outdated law for an outdated age when worker safety was put behind profits!

/wait...
 
2012-12-06 04:15:13 AM

Summercat:
/I don't like wal*mart
//mom and her sister do
///"Unions are terrorists that hold companies hostage", she says. Blagh.


So...can I ask you a personal question? What do your mom and and her sister do, jobwise?
If the answer is "They don't have jobs, they're full time home hens", what do their menfolk do?

/was never a union worker, but my father was
//today, it DOES seem that unions have nothing better to do but to protect the useless and come up with ways to create more hours by impeding work...
 
2012-12-06 04:22:00 AM
 
2012-12-06 04:34:34 AM

Ishidan: Summercat:
/I don't like wal*mart
//mom and her sister do
///"Unions are terrorists that hold companies hostage", she says. Blagh.

So...can I ask you a personal question? What do your mom and and her sister do, jobwise?
If the answer is "They don't have jobs, they're full time home hens", what do their menfolk do?

/was never a union worker, but my father was
//today, it DOES seem that unions have nothing better to do but to protect the useless and come up with ways to create more hours by impeding work...


My mom was for many years in charge of RTV/Returns at a Sears, eventually got moved (she was making too much money for that job) to one that ended up not working out, was unemployed for the last year and a half, and recently got a job as an Assistant Manager at a Dollar Tree, making 10 bucks an hour (A dollar less than my last job that I left for my current).

My aunt is disabled, and has to live with us because my mom is the only person willing to take care of her and my cousin, after my aunt's stroke (and the death of her husband). Her other sister and her oldest kid pretty much... don't even thank my mom for taking my aunt in.

I'm a bit bitter about that.

Menfolk? No menfolk. My father pretty much skipped out of our lives before my first birthday, and only since 2011 have I even heard from that side of the family (I was born in '85.). Aunt's husband died in Kentucky, where he had family and had relocated my aunt and cousin. (My mom had to fly out there, then drive them back to California. During Katrina.) Aunt isn't liked by any of her husband's family.

Me? Bitter?

However, this behavior from my mother goes way back - one of my earlier memories was her complaiing about how Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer should tell Santa off and not help during that foggy Christmas Eve - Santa never did anything to help Rudolf, so why should Rudolf help Santa?

I have no clue how the hell I ended up a socialist in this household. Left Coaster, through and through, living in a Far West household in the middle of El Norte.

/Currently paying the lion's share of the house bills, cause sharing a room with my mom is cheaper than renting a room from someone else.
//Alas, poor raise, I never really knew you.
///My slashies taste bitter.
 
2012-12-06 04:59:09 AM

Summercat:
My mom... Assistant Manager at a Dollar Tree, making 10 bucks an hour.

My aunt is disabled, and has to live with us because my mom is the only person willing to take care of her and my cousin,

Menfolk? No menfolk.


...so, real captains of industry, then? Real 1-percenters, if you don't specify which end of the income-distribution bell curve you're looking at.

All snark aside...gahdam.
 
2012-12-06 05:31:36 AM

Ishidan: Summercat:
My mom... Assistant Manager at a Dollar Tree, making 10 bucks an hour.

My aunt is disabled, and has to live with us because my mom is the only person willing to take care of her and my cousin,

Menfolk? No menfolk.

...so, real captains of industry, then? Real 1-percenters, if you don't specify which end of the income-distribution bell curve you're looking at.

All snark aside...gahdam.


Nope!

IIRC, I'm the guy in the family (including aunts/cousins) who is currently making the most money. At 14 an hour.
 
2012-12-06 05:34:39 AM
When I make a complaint that it seems like everything is made in the same factories and given different labels things like this doesn't help...

The comments from a Wal-Mart sourcing director appear in minutes of the meeting, which was attended by more than a dozen retailers including Gap Inc. (GPS), Target Corp. and JC Penney Co.

Goes back to my complaint about there not being a multi-disc player on the market anymore. That's because all the Blu-Ray players get their drive mechanism from the same factory.
 
Xai
2012-12-06 06:18:08 AM
As long as they have low prices, Americans don't give a damn how many people die.
 
2012-12-06 07:53:56 AM
Hey, I just saw a nice piece on RT about prison labor in the US. The companies can get tax breaks of up to 40% of the wages that they pay the prisoners.

Companies like Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks were mentioned.

They're bringing jobs back to the US!
 
2012-12-06 09:10:24 AM

The Jami Turman Fan Club: LegacyDL: All these companies care about is producing goods for the lowest amount of cost. These production factories advertise themselves as being capable to doing the job for the right price, if the factory messes up for whatever reason then the account is dropped and the client moves on to another factory.

Wal-Mart isn't responsible for the factory's welfare, all that matters for Wal-Mart is that QA/QC are up to par so that the product looks and feels the way it's supposed to.

I'm not sure if I agree with that. Depends on whether Wal-Mart was pressuring the Bengladeshi inspectors to pass buildings that shouldn't have passed. I also think large businesses do have a responsibility to ensure that their contractors are at least make an effort to be legal. If they're just purchasing a product from an independent company, that would be different.


That, and didn't FARK just slap Apple's nose for FoxConn? And hell, Apple isn't the only electronics company to contract to FoxConn...
 
2012-12-06 10:49:07 AM
WalMart's safety plan is this: "you get hurt, you're fired". Plus you will never work again since all the other local stores closed.
 
2012-12-06 11:30:39 PM

Rapmaster2000: Happy Hours:

I can understand the argument that consumers and Walmart still bear at least some moral responsibility. Crap - I just checked the shirt I'm wearing (bought at Sam's Club - made in Bangladesh). It's an awesome shirt and was dirt cheap, but if consumers boycott anything made in Bangladesh because of worker treatment those workers will be out of work.

And I can see this as well. Most Bangladeshis would probably rather run the risk of burning to death than starving on the farm. Just accepting my responsibility in the global economy is all. Every choice has consequences.

Still, it would be nice if my choices didn't contribute to anyone's personal doom. I think the only things I really try to avoid out of moral hazard are diamonds, cocaine, and imported weed. There, the consequences on the extraction societies is too great. I can't really enjoy a high when I know that it gives the Zetas the power to extort entire towns.


Colorado medicinal weed, FTW.
 
2012-12-07 02:28:19 AM

IlGreven: The Jami Turman Fan Club: LegacyDL: All these companies care about is producing goods for the lowest amount of cost. These production factories advertise themselves as being capable to doing the job for the right price, if the factory messes up for whatever reason then the account is dropped and the client moves on to another factory.

Wal-Mart isn't responsible for the factory's welfare, all that matters for Wal-Mart is that QA/QC are up to par so that the product looks and feels the way it's supposed to.

I'm not sure if I agree with that. Depends on whether Wal-Mart was pressuring the Bengladeshi inspectors to pass buildings that shouldn't have passed. I also think large businesses do have a responsibility to ensure that their contractors are at least make an effort to be legal. If they're just purchasing a product from an independent company, that would be different.

That, and didn't FARK just slap Apple's nose for FoxConn? And hell, Apple isn't the only electronics company to contract to FoxConn...


but is mysteriously silent about how Netflix and Amamzon treat their employees.
 
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