As OSHA Emphasizes Safety, Long-Term Health Risks Fester
: “The federal budget for protecting workers is less than half of that set aside for protecting fish and wildlife.″ [more inside]
In a move
seemingly inspired by the This American Life episode Mr. Daisy and the Apple Factory
), Apple has released a list of its suppliers
(PDF) around the world and is voluntarily allowing a third party to audit the working conditions at those factories and make the results available to the public. The third party will be the Fair Labor Association
, who also monitor Nike, New Balance, and Adidas.
"It is said that only the desperate seek work at Tyler Pipe..."
the new york times has a 3 part (part 1
u:dolface1/pwd:dolface1) special report on mcwane inc., a private company that is one of the largest manufacturers of cast iron sewer and water pipes in the world.
it's a horror story right out of the early days of the industrial revolution; amputations, burns, death by crushing, disregard for the law and sheer indifference for human life that upset me more than anything i've read in quite a while.
osha seems unable to do much, what other options are available to workers when their companies won't protect them?
(warning: it's a long and sometimes unpleasant read)