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Excellent book --,
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This review is from: Behind the Label: Inequality in the Los Angeles Apparel Industry (Paperback)
If you want to understand how apparel companies oppress the poor and get away with it, its all written down in Behind the Label.
Like AT&T hides behind turf vendors (Bechtel/ General Dynamics)TO SHEILD THEMSELVES FROM LIABILITY FROM OSHA VIOLATIONS; APPAREAL COMPANIES hire subcontractors to skirt labor laws.
I'm not in the apparel industry, and knew nothing about it, but found this book to be really interesting and another eye opener on how rich apparel companies use their power to exploit poor immigrants including asians and koreans (not just mexicans). We're talking about a sea of people who work before they clock in to avoid overtime,
often have to take work home, and have no recourse because turning in their boss also exposes their illegal status.
The irony is this is an industry that is dominated and run by liberal democrats and the anti-union forces are stronger than any republicans can ever dream about. Alot of ungodly reprobate Democrats run these apparel companies who rob the poor and then run out to their charity functions to be seen of men, all with money that is not their own, but robbed from the mexican single mothers and other poor immigrants. So, just crooks pretending to be generous. It's mercy at the expense of justice -- they understand mercy by giving, but not justice because they give what is not their own. It's pretty sickening picture of what's going on -- and it'll probably never change.
Somehow the subs need to unite under one banner, so, apparel companies in LA who want stuff "made in LA" which they do, have no other option. The subs need to become one imo. That's what corporate america does, they become one thru consolidation and shake down farmers who have no other buyer to resort to. CARGILL is nothing but the accumulation of thousands of companies. There has been like around 10,000 consolidations in teh food industry in last decade -- so, the potato farmer has one buyer for his crop, and its not a price where he can make money, and there are no other buyers. So, only option for potato guy is to join with the other potato farmers, and become one also. Mano a mano. Look at it this way, if you have an auction, and one guy shows up, he controls every bid. That is what Cargill does, that is what the apparel industry does, and that is how workers can fight back by becoming "one" company by consolidating all the subs together. Fight consolidation with consolidation.
Good thing for apparel execs Im not in charge of LA -- I'd turn you life upside down for being rotten crooks that you are.
Good book, some slow parts, but all in all very interesting. Glad I bought it and read it.
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