The subject of sweatshop and child labor is one of great controversy. The first thought to mind when speaking of sweatshops is probably a vision of sketchy factories in far off Third World countries such as Bangladesh or China working their employees 15+ hours a day in cramped up in a dust-filled space for little wages. Not in America though, right? Most Americans would be horribly upset if they found out they had been unknowingly supporting a business that uses sweatshops to produce its merchandise. Odds are though, businesses that exploit such labor are being supported in every shopping trip a person takes whether it be shopping for groceries, clothes, jewelry, or athletic gear. And, unfortunately, it’s more prevalent in America than many may believe.
Imagine trying to survive when the stock market crashes, thousands of banks close, and the Dust Bowl destroys crops. In the 1930s, the United States had a period of financial crisis, known as the Great Depression. The stock market crash, the closure of thousands of banks, and the Dust Bowl wrecked havoc on almost all of the citizens in the United States. The Great Depression led to farmers losing their farms, millions of people becoming migrant workers, and unsafe conditions for laborers.
Farm and ranch working has always been around and cheaply available by, migrant workers during the Great Depression and now with immigrants trying to get hired at the farms. Now while the times of both are different with migrant workers existing around the 1930s and the modern immigrants from Mexico, both jobs they get hired at show many similarities. In farms from the 1930s they often picked up desperate workers for cheap pay, as for now it isn't much different. Immigrants who successfully crossed the Mexican borders without getting caught by border control are often hired at farms and ranches. With the measly pay the immigrants receive, the can hardly afford paying a babysitter to care for their children. Back in the Great Depression most
The documentary “Invisible Indians” argues that the Mixtec indigenous people of Oaxaca are both misunderstood and mistreated, when they are fighting to be seen and heard. Throughout the film, examples are given of how the Mixtecs are exploited for cheap labor forces, getting little to no benefits all for the hope of not only achieving a better life for themselves, but also to provided for those who they left behind in Oaxaca, as they travel north. The documentary starts off by describing some of the push factors that have driven the Mixtecs out of Oaxaca, so that the viewer can have a more indebt understanding to why the Mixtecs are here and what they are working towards. As stated in the beginning of the film, the Mixtecs have for years been
To counter the ahistorical views of these scholars Romano cites historical evidence of Mexican immigrant workers striking and making an effort to change their working conditions. For example, he mentions the strikes of the sugar beet workers in California, the railway workers in Los Angeles, and the sheepherders in Texas. All of these instances disprove the idea that Mexicans are
Under no right, should that be allowed anywhere. The price they had to pay didn’t add up to what they got in return. In history, another example related to what the silk factory workers had to deal with would be slavery. Like the workers, slaves worked hard, long days with no breaks for most of the time.
They were regarded as vulnerable foreigners that could quickly be deported away back to Mexico if any of them ever made any demands such as demanding a higher wage. As Steinbeck stated in Article 6 of his Harvest Gypsies, “The right of free speech, the right of assembly and the right of jury trial are not extended to Mexicans in the Imperial Valley.” Due to these circumstances, the Mexican labor force was easy to manipulate. The strike was a victory for foreign laborers as their wages increased from 60 to 75 cents. However, they also lost because the laborers did not win the ability to form unions and conduct collective bargaining.
It is widely known that large American companies take advantage of cheap and demeaning labor. For example, it made big news in 2010 when eighteen young Chinese workers attempted suicide at a Foxconn factory (Litzinger, 2). Instead of improving conditions after this tragedy, Foxconn installed safety nets around the factory to catch future suicides. It was later discovered that corporations such as Apple, Dell, and HP all benefited from Foxconn factories, and that every iPad and iPhone could be traced to a Foxconn factory or another small, obscure, foreign company (Litzinger, 2). This exploitation of Chinese workers living on low pay, long hours, and no rights, should be unheard of from American corporations who supply our country with goods we have come to love.
As unethical as they are, it is not uncommon for large corporations (particularly in United States) to offshore their production to sweatshops. Let’s take Apple for example. The most profitable company in the United States and one of world’s most successful companies is part to blame for employing sweatshop labor. Employees in factories (especially in China) where iPads and IPhones are assembled, work in harsh environments and have to bear some brutal experiences. An article by The New York Times states “Employees work excessive overtime, in some cases seven days a week, and live in crowded dorms.
Not only do they require most of the hard work but they also pay minimum if not, less. The people in this area are being treated unfairly considering the conditions they work in and the families that they might have. It could potentially open the eyes of everyone around the world to take appreciation for what these people do. Not only are they also human beings but work hard is not twice as hard as any regular employee at another job just to make ends meet. Companies need to be considerate to the different stories that these employers have entering the field.
Public Education and the Undocumented Immigrant Introduction Thank you all for being here this evening to discuss an issue in the public school system. Undocumented immigrants are entering this country every day and their children are being educated in our schools. A child of an undocumented immigrant, in this case, refers to one whose parents have entered this country without proper legal documentation (Bray, 2016). Undocumented immigrant children may or may not have been born in this country. Judicial Case
He was a grape farmer working from 6 am to 7 pm almost more than 13-hours a day his salary was $2.56 an hour from that salary he had to support his family that was still living in Yemen. Many migrant farm workers who pick these fruits travel across the country and cross borders to fill the agriculture jobs in the U.S that U.S citizens are not willing to take. (McKenzie, 2015). Agriculture jobs is not an easy job, but these migrant farmworkers are willing to fill these physical exhausting jobs because of the economic hardship, and the lack of jobs in the there country, therefore, courtiers that have these immigrant farmworkers should recognize immigrants for their hard work.
Around 3000 maquiladoras employ about 17 percent of the Mexican workforce. This makes maquiladoras Mexico’s second-largest source of jobs. However, the workers are treated poorly as I’ve stated in my recent arguments. Workers were required to work long hours with a wage that could hardly buy 4 litres of milk.
We live in a fast paced, self-service and capitalist world. In this sense, people will be exploited in the work force especially if they are people of color from low-income background. This is how America function in order to make progress and profit. There are a lot of topics that was brought up while reading Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, an investigative and American journalist, that speaks a lot on the society we live in. Immigrants are getting paid below the minimum wage without any medical insurance.
Ethnocentrism is the belief that one is superior to another based on culture, religion, or race. So for example, someone who is Caucasian may believe they are superior to someone who is African American due to their minority status. The worker in this case was somewhat affected by ethnocentrism. It is very clear that the worker is very different from each member of the Red Fox family.