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He beats a drum about world-wide employment ethics- his point is, if you're not paying people in third-world countries a buck an hour, you're stealing from the world's poorest people. Hard to disagree with that one.
American Apparel is not competing with Bangladesh except in initial garment production they are competing with other clothing retailers that do not all have wholey owned dedicated producers and designers and must give their producers, desgners, shippers, wholesalers and distributors their cuts of the action. Did you even read your own link to see where American Apparel "system" gets the savings to allow these "high" production wages to be paid?
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I haven't read the entire thread, so pardon me if this has been brought up, but all this looks like to me is a bunch of fast food workers who are butthurt because they are not making the same wages that college graduates are. Maybe if they wanted a $15 an hour paycheck, they should have stayed in school, and even went on to college. A college degree, of course, does not guarantee a good paycheck, and in this economy it doesn't even guarantee a paycheck but it's a heck of a lot better than dropping out of high school and flipping burgers for a living.
Originally Posted by ChomskyOriginally Posted by OrphanSlug
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There's not much difference in the steps necessary to push a burger over the counter at a MickeyD's and the steps leading to a tee-shirt put into a shopping bag in an American Apparel store. The examples aren't apples and oranges.
We'll probably just have to agree to disagree on this.
I dunno, $15 to flip burgers and wear a headset seems pretty sweet, but let's not forget that if they get that, then people who actually do hard labor like masonry work, or anything of that nature surely would deserve much more than that, right? I worked as a bricklayers helper in the 80's got paid $6 an hour. Hardest job I've ever done. The going rate for an entry level laborer is about $12 to $15 as we speak. Think if McDonalds was suddenly paying the same, I suspect not many building would get built, or bridges spanned.
Think people, THINK, for the love of God, THINK!
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