12 - Sweating and the contemporary labor market Labor...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 4/19/11 Sweating and the contemporary labor market Labor Economics
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4/19/11 1997 factory death Nike business strategy: outsource all manuf to subcontractors (in poor countries) Walmart 2003 immigration arrests 21 states Cleaning companies contracted by Walmart
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4/19/11 Sweating system Practice of paying wkrs low wages for long hours under conditions possibly unsafe or unsanitary Sweatshop: business violates fed or state law governing wages/hrs, labor, safety 1901 economics/analysis (Commons): how firms organize production; labor market processes (responsible), not just terms of bargain
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4/19/11 Sweating system IS a system of subcontracting CONTRAST: factory system, manuf employs own workmen Current labor market transformation Creation of “social distance” Severing direct bargaining REMEDY: Establishmt/enforcemt of standards
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4/19/11 Adam Smith Founder, conventional market economics Alternative remedy Empathetic appeals to consumers/employees
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