I showed yesterday that the middle-class families are coming out whether Republican or Democrat against these education reforms-----and it is black and Hispanic organizations like Urban League that want to paint these reforms as 'GOLD STANDARD AND NOT A DEVICE TO UNDERMINE POOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.
When you close tons of public schools and make charters with school choice and lotteries act as musical chairs in attending a school in your community -----tensions rise. Federal Hill closed its public middle-school and took with it the only access to public education for black families in this community with nothing more than ------send the children seven miles away.
I have stated before that technology jobs will become overwhelmingly poverty as globalization of the workforce hits technology jobs hardest. Computer design, programming, and coding can be done anywhere in the world and Bill Gates and Apple CEO intend to use these global workers as we already see with the high-skilled technology jobs in Silicon/Google land. So, charters that are vocationally set to track students into this kind of education from K-12 IS NOT A GOOD THING TO DO. HAVING CHARTERS FOR EVERY VOCATION WILL END WITH A NATIONAL CHARTER CHAIN THAT TAKES CHILDREN TO ONLY THAT KIND OF EDUCATION.
So, right now Digital Harbor High is selling a broad-based curricula that meets both academic and vocational readiness as far as students going on to college----but as soon a Wall Street is allowed to get hold----these will become the lowest apprenticeship tier of sending children to work. As well, Hispanic families who have been sold that the Dream Act is about the American Dream are finding themselves in the same poor education schooling as black families have faced for decades.
NONE OF THIS IS PROGRESSIVE----IT IS REGRESSIVE. FIGHTING FOR SCHOOL SPACE IS REGRESSIVE.
Tensions Rise At Digital Harbor High Between African-American & Latino Students
June 3, 2014 11:22 PM
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Racial tensions erupt both inside and outside of Digital Harbor High School in Federal Hill over the past week. Now school officials and the police are coming together to try to put an end to the violence. Students say the feud is between African- Americans and Latinos.
Meghan McCorkell has more on the actions being taken.
Tuesday night, parents were called to a meeting with police and school officials to try to curb fears. Police increased patrols outside Digital Harbor High School after tensions between students boil over.
“There were some problems between students, and that’s what started everything,” said Jose Dominguez, student.
Dominguez says his fellow classmates are scared to walk the halls after two students were attacked last week after school.
“You could feel something bad was going on,” he said.
The strain has now moved inside the school.
“It’s like segregation. Hispanic kids stay on one side. The African-Americans stay on the other,” said Sevi Chaplin, a student at the school. “They’ve been breaking out into fights, riots, everything else.”
Some parents are so fearful they’ve kept their kids home.
“I didn’t send mine back Monday or Tuesday, yesterday or today. No, I didn’t,” said concerned mother Kisha Jackson.
Frightened for his life, tenth-grader Ali Majeki is on edge. He says he has to constantly watch his back in school. He said the diversity divide is the talk of the halls.
“Every teacher is walking and talking about this situation,” Majeki said.
A few students say it escalated between African-Americans and Latinos after the murder of a former Mexican student, 15-year-old Oscar Torres.
Even though Majeki is not Latino, his older brother has been holding him out of school.
“He didn’t go to school today and yesterday for safety concerns,” his brother said.
Anabel Dominguez says she wants the school to come up with solutions for the issue before it gets even bigger.
Tuesday night, school leaders, security officers and city police came together to discuss their response to the violence.
It’s a move the mayor says is a step in the right direction.
“You have to confront it. You can’t pretend that it doesn’t exist,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Parents say some of the subjects discussed in the meeting have calmed some of their fears.
“They are going to work with more cultural diversity in the classroom with the students, more community involvement with the community, with the school,” said Michelle Smalls, parent.
Students were also asked to take a pledge called “Stop Hatin, No Mas”— vowing to put an end to the violence.
Police say they will continue to beef up patrols around the school until the end of the school year.
School officials released a statement saying, in part, they are “working proactively with students, parents, police and community partners to reinforce the expectation that students treat each other with respect.”
Now, if any one pol worked as hard as he could to move labor to the lowest wage possible and hold unions and contractors by the nose fighting to keep wages, benefits, and/or contract bids----IT WAS MARTIN O'MALLEY. O'Malley was the lying, cheating, stealing pol that Wall Street loves and he worked Baltimore and then Maryland politics to hand the Maryland citizens to Wall Street and build the structures to take Maryland to this global corporate third world structure. O'Malley was behind the policies that allowed prison labor in Maryland be used by private prison contractors----paying people $2 an hour----he is behind the wage theft as he ignored all law enforcement for labor and justice----bringing immigrant labor and low-wage Marylanders down to sometimes $4 an hour.
So, when O'Malley says he needs to look at Child Labor laws as regards this education reform that has national charter chains acting as they want with student apprenticeships that are moving from high school----to middle-school----and in some places in the US elementary school with private charters lined up to do this.
O'Malley set in process the mechanism to allow Baltimore City school children to work as apprentices in corporations JUST AS WAS THE CASE BACK IN THE 1800s during the Industrial Revolution. Global pols consider this return of industry to the US with Trans Pacific Trade Pact simply a return to this early 1800s work policy----and intend to ignore all US Constitutional laws written from FDR to LBJ-----and that includes child labor laws. So, as Baltimore City pretends it is just getting students ready for employment ----it is policy meant to return to CHILDREN USED AS FREE LABOR.
Federal law The main law regulating child labor in the United States is the Fair Labor Standards Act.
In general, for non-agricultural jobs, children under 14 may not be employed, children between 14 and 16 may be employed in allowed occupations during limited hours, and children between 16 and 18 can be employed for unlimited hours in non-hazardous occupations. A number of exceptions to these rules exist, such as for employment by parents, newspaper delivery, and child actors. The regulations for agricultural employment are generally less strict, allowing children to work an unlimited number of hours on a farm and allowing them to do so during school hours if a parent or guardian works that same farm.
States also have laws covering youth employment. Where state law differs from federal law on child labor, the law with the more rigorous standard applies.
History of children's labor for wages "Addie Card, 12 years. Spinner in North Pormal [i.e., Pownal] Cotton Mill. Vt." by Lewis Hine, 1912 - 1913 Three spinners in spinning room, photograph by Lewis Hine As the United States industrialized, factory owners hired young workers for a variety of tasks. Especially in textile mills, children were often hired together with their parents. Many families in mill towns depended on the children's labor to make enough money for necessities.
The US has not only a captured national media, a dismantled investigative newpaper journalism, a corporatized public university, and a national labor union and justice organization leadership-----it has a captured people's Democratic Party so all progressive avenues for talk and data that is public interest and especially of interest to labor rights, civil rights, and women's rights ----have been silenced.
What we know is that since Reagan/Clinton neo-liberalism and the use of Federalism Act by Executive Order by Presidents wanting to say they will ignore Federal law enforcement----child labor has been soaring. California----Clinton neo-liberal stronghold and the state leading in installing Trans Pacific Trade Pact and its bringing the US to third world status----leads in having immigrant sweat shops filled with women and children working just as they do in FOXCONN Chinese sweat shops for US corporations. That is what TPP and global corporate rule is about. NYC also has large amounts of child labor and tying these Wall Street national charter chains to our public school K-12 as apprenticeships is just that step to taking this national.
THIS IS WHAT BALTIMORE CITY'S EDUCATION REFORM IS ABOUT AND IT IS BALTIMORE CITY POLS RUNNING AS DEMOCRATS AND SERVING AS HOPKINS NEO-CONSERVATIVES WHO INTRODUCE THESE EDUCATION POLICIES.
So, as middle-class America watches ====those thinking ----'I DON'T CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO POOR OR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN----THAT WON'T HAPPEN TO US-----
YOU NEED TO WAKE UP----THESE STRUCTURES ARE GOING TO TAKE OVER ALL PUBLIC K-12!
Child Labor In The U.S. Is Worse Today Than During the 1930’s
April 30, 2010 SOURCE: SOUTHERN EXPOSURE, Fall/Winter 1995, “Working in Harm’s Way;” Author: Ron Nixon
SYNOPSIS: Every day, children across America are working in environments detrimental to their social and educational development, their health and even their lives.
In 1992, a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report found that 670 youths aged 16 to 17 were killed on the job from 1980 to 1989. Seventy percent of these deaths and injuries involved violations of state labor laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal law which prohibits youths under 18 from working in hazardous occupations. A second NIOSH report found that more than 64,100 children went to the emergency room for work-related injuries in 1992.
These numbers are a conservative estimate since even the best figures underestimate the number of working children by 25 to 30 percent. As of yet, there is no comprehensive national data collection system that accurately tracks the number of working youth, nor their occupation, where they work, or how many are injured or killed on the job.
Of the estimated five million youth in the work force, thousands are injured, even killed, because several barriers continue to prevent them from being adequately protected in the workplace.
A patchwork of inefficient data collection systems fail to monitor the total number, much less the well being, of youth in the workplace. Enforcement of the FLSA is lax. Cultural beliefs about the worth of work for children are strong. And, various PACs lobby successfully to keep child labor laws from being strengthened, and, in many cases, to weaken existing laws.
“Child labor today is at a point where violations are greater than at any point during the 1930s,” said Jeffrey Newman of the National Child Labor Committee, an advocacy group founded in 1904.
Violations are occurring today on farms and businesses around the country. Farm owners beat the system by allowing their entire family, including the children, to work under one person’s social security number or by hiring a farm contractor who, on the books, counts as only one employee (while the contractors then hire whomever they wish).
Businesses aren’t worried about the child labor violations that they commit because the laws are rarely enforced. One report found that the average business could expect to be inspected once every 50 years or so. Inspectors spend only about five percent of their time looking into child labor problems.
Even when companies are inspected and violations are found, the maximum penalty of $10,000 per violation is rarely enforced.
Lobbying efforts by various business trade organizations are making congressional reform nearly impossible. In the nation’s capital, money talks, and both the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), representing areas where many child labor violations occur, speak persuasively with their generous contributions to potential supporters of their agenda.
The restaurant industry alone has given $1.3 million to Republican candidates in recent years; House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been a favorite of both the NRA and the FMI. Since 1991, Gingrich has received more than $27,000 from both PACs.
SSU Censored Researcher: Marcie Goyer
COMMENTS: Author Ron Nixon confirmed that the story of children who are abused, injured, and even killed on the job received almost no attention in the major media last year. “CBS ran a story on agriculture workers that featured a small part on child labor in agriculture,” Nixon noted. “But other than that particular story, the mainstream press did little on child labor. Part of the reason is that child labor is viewed as an old story. However, as we found, no one had ever bothered to look at the barriers that prevent children from being injured in the workplace. Coverage of the topic was always: ‘children are being injured; what can we do to educate them and the parents about workplace dangers.’ No one ever focused on the data gaps, lack of enforcement, cultural myths about the value of work for children, and most of all, the political opposition to strengthening the child labor laws.
“The public would benefit from wider exposure of this story because it would allow parents to know about the conditions their children may be working in and would inform the general public of the abuses—namely injuries and deaths of working children in the name of profit. As far as migrant children are concerned, it would also show the American public the price we pay for our agricultural products.
“Those who benefit most from the lack of coverage of this topic are the industries that employ the most youth: the restaurant, grocery, agricultural, and garment industries. The restaurant and grocery industries, which employ 35 percent of all working children, gave nearly a half-million dollars to congressmen who sit on the committees that oversee child labor laws. In return, the House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would allow youth under 18 to operate dangerous machinery. However, there has been no press coverage.
“Along with the National Child Labor Coalition, we sent copies of the child labor story and a computer-assisted story on the campaign contributions from the grocery and restaurant industries to the Washington press just before the hearings on the latest child labor bill. Not one paper picked up the story. Only the Multinational Monitor and the Corporate Crime Reporter reported the results. We are currently compiling a list of all injuries, deaths, and violations of child labor laws in each state from a variety of sources that will give us a clearer picture of just how bad the problems are.”
Nothing says caustic toxic waste and bad work conditions like battery manufacturing------and the same with computer manufacturing. In fact------nothing says toxic and worker danger than mining the rare earth minerals needed for computers and batteries.
This is what made Chinese environment a disaster and it has millions of Chinese workers injured and dying from exposure to these work conditions.
This is also what the growth industry in manufacturing coming back to America will be with a technology-driven economy. Note below that Clinton neo-liberals have filled the propaganda mill saying these electric batteries are 'green' because they cut greenhouse gases for goodness sake.
Now, imagine where children will work with K-12 apprenticeships at a Digital Harbor school learning the in and out of computer operations? We will have the poorest students working in the most toxic factories----we will have the next tier working on computer assembly and its toxic environment----then we will have students who sit and write code all day long ----one of the most boring and repetitive jobs in the world-----requiring nothing more than several weeks of training.
Now, if these children simply went to a public school with broad education and waited until high school to take some vocational classes with a shop right there at the school that gave skills training in computer job categories-----those children would be able to go in any direction vocationally they want----AS IS WHAT AMERICAN PUBLIC EDUCATION IS ABOUT-----rather than be tested in pre-K, tracked into a vocation from the results of that test with no input from parent or child, spent an entire school career focused on learning that will prepare for job skills in that one area, with a school career filled with apprenticeships, and after-school programs all required to be hired to these global corporate manufacturing sites.
Instead, let's reinstate Rule of Law, Equal Protection, and anti-trust to keep our rights to decide what career path we will take, be protected from these kinds of toxic manufacturing jobs, and protect the immigrants who will be brought in large numbers to staff these FOXCONN factories.
BALTIMORE IS GETTING AN ELECTRIC BATTERY PLANT TOO.
- Millions of acres of China farmland too polluted... www.cbc.ca/...of-china-farmland-too-polluted-to-grow-food...Pollution in China causes civic unrest; ... Complaints by farmers about lead and other pollutants in their water supplies have led to protests against battery factories.
Cambridge company’s battery may give grid a boost Storage devices should help electric utilities meet power demand at peak times Gretchen Ertl for The Globe
A power core at Ambri’s manufacturing plant in Marlborough. The company doubled the size of the plant in the fall to accommodate at least five pilot projects. Ambri is planning to test five prototypes in 2015.
By Jon Chesto Globe Staff December 30, 2014 It might be impossible to catch lightning in a bottle. But an MIT materials science professor, Don Sadoway, has figured out a way to pack it in a box not much bigger than a washing machine.
After years of lab work at the Cambridge company that’s now known as Ambri Inc., Sadoway’s liquid-metal batteries will be connected to the electric grid in 2015 for the first time.
Affordable, efficient power storage is a long-sought Holy Grail for the utility industry. The grid-scale batteries currently available use the same technology that is in laptops and cellphones and are considered impractical for widescale use, in part because they break down over time.
To keep the system running reliably, a number of inefficient power plants are forced to operate only during times of peak electricity demand, remaining idle for much of the year.
Ambri’s executives say they have a more affordable solution: The company’s unique approach with liquid metals, developed with Bill Gates’s financial help, leads to almost no degradation within the battery shells and allows for a lifespan of a decade or more.
The goal is to allow electric utilities or big industrial plants to store power so it can be released at times of high usage.
“The long-term picture is about changing the very nature of the electric system,” said Ambri’s chief executive, Phil Giudice, who previously was Governor Deval Patrick’s energy resources commissioner. “This changes the whole grid.”
In the fall, Ambri doubled the size of its first manufacturing plant in Marlborough to 10,000 square feet to accommodate at least five pilot projects and some future commercial work. The company employs 42 people now, including 15 who are expected to work in Marlborough starting in January.
Giudice said he will start looking in 2015 for a place to put Ambri’s first full-size plant. He has already been courted by several New England governors who want it to be built in their states, he said, as well as by representatives of China and South Africa.
GRETCHEN ERTL FOR THE GLOBE
An Ambri process engineering technician, Henry Phillips, placed a battery cell alongside other cells in a power core.
Ambri’s technology has its roots in Sadoway’s lab work, when the popular Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor applied his knowledge of metallurgy to electricity storage. (Sadoway remains active with Ambri as its chief scientific officer, a board member, and an equity owner.) Sadoway and cofounder David Bradwell received $7 million in federal funds in 2007 to develop the concept.
Three years later, Sadoway got a big break when an anonymous Washington resident took one of his courses remotely, Giudice said. That person, it later turned out, was Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates. He was so impressed with Sadoway that he decided to invest some of his own money in the concept in 2010.
The French energy conglomerate Total joined Gates in the firm’s first investment rounds, after giving $4 million to Sadoway’s MIT lab for research. By April, Ambri had received more than $50 million from a number of investors.
“They’re really aiming at a big structural problem around energy storage and trying to bring a novel solution,” said the chief executive of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Alicia Barton. Her ratepayer-funded agency awarded $150,000 to Ambri in 2013 and gave it an additional $29,000 to subsidize interns. “This is a jumping-off point for them to what are really global markets,” she said.
In 2015, Ambri will test five prototypes, including one subsidized by the Clean Energy Center at Joint Base Cape Cod and others in Hawaii, New York, and Alaska. These prototype devices will be smaller and less powerful than the commercial versions that will be delivered in 2016.
The commercial-grade “Ambri Cores,” as they’re called, will each be rated at 200 kilowatt hours — or enough power for 10 to 15 homes per day — and will typically be sold in groups of five or more. Ambri plans to complete its first commercial sale in 2016, as part of a Raytheon Co.-led project in Hawaii.
At first, Ambri will focus on isolated areas where electricity is more expensive. But there are other locations throughout the electric grid where Ambri also wants to help. The company plans to court big industrial and commercial users, as well.
Ian Bowles, managing director of the clean-energy financier WindSail Capital Group of Boston, said utilities are showing more interest in buying energy-storage devices. Ambri is “arriving at a good time where the market is just starting to form,” he said.
Giudice envisions eventually opening factories — each employing as many as 150 people — with local partners near future clients around the world.
“They’re in this by themselves, without a lot of other people doing something similar, so they can’t borrow ideas from other people,” said Richard Baxter, a Boston-based energy consultant.
“That also gives them a distinct advantage. If they’re able to make this work, they’ll be in a great situation. . . . The whole space is theirs.”
As a global corporate pol tells us these products and factories are GREEN and sell working in them as jobs, jobs, jobs----we don't even need these technologies---they are simply creating them to sell something.
What is more important is these are the manufacturing jobs for which US children are going to be trained, schools are going to be connected to these factories----and we are all going to be told this is great with no data telling us how bad it is.
This is not only about technology industry---it is about a child having a childhood, a strong education, and a future that person chooses and that is not what Race to the Top and national charter chains are about especially in cities across America taken by Wall Street development corporations.
Green Batteries’ Graphite Adds to China Pollution
Elisabeth Behrmann April 30, 2014 — 6:48 PM EDT
A battery awaits installation in a Telsa Motor Inc. Model S sedan at the company's assembly plant in Fremont, California. To keep up with demand, Tesla plans to invest $5 billion building a factory to produce battery packs for its luxury electric cars, it said last month. Photographer: Noah Berger/Bloomberg Don't Miss Out --
March 14 (Bloomberg) -- As more environmentally conscious Americans do their bit to help clear the air by paying up for an eco-friendly Prius or a sporty Tesla, a damaging form of polluted rain is falling in China.
The link is graphite, a vital component in batteries used in Tesla’s Model S, Toyota’s plug-in Prius and other electric cars, as well as in electronic gadgets including iPhones. It’s mostly mined and processed in China where graphite pollution has fouled air and water, damaged crops and raised health concerns. Now, in response, Chinese authorities are closing dozens of graphite mines and processors in a bid for cleaner air even as global demand for the commodity is surging.
When you think about these policies from a local viewpoint without looking at global policies and what global pols have as a goal----you hear----WE ARE GOING TO GIVE CHILDREN EXPOSURE TO WORKPLACE----WE ARE GOING TO STRENGTHEN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION-----but we need to see where these policies will go a decade or so after they are installed.
The plan is clearly child labor and it will take the look of that in the Industrial Revolution which looked just as this article states in China. The Clinton Initiative was all about finding and building that corporate operation free from US law and that is what they want to bring back to the US.
The American people have the power to rebuild its own local manufacturing in any way it wants. We do not need technology jobs----we certainly do not need children exposed to the workplace any earlier than Child Labor Laws in place now allow.
PLEASE STOP ALLOWING THEM TO PUSH ALL THESE POLICIES AHEAD----TO BUILD ALL THESE GLOBAL MANUFACTURING PLANTS WHEN WE CAN BUILD LOCAL FACTORIES THAT ARE NOT TOXIC AND DAMAGING.
If you see Digital Harbor leading to these conditions---or to jobs that Americans will have to compete wage-wise with globally like program coding----
Samsung’s Supplier Factory Exploiting Child Labor
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Investigative Report on HEG Electronics (Huizhou) Co., Ltd. Samsung Supplier Table of Contents
- I. Introduction
- II. Company Profile
- III. Child Labor Abuse
- IV. Hiring Discrimination
- V. Excessive Overtime
- VI. Labor Contracts, Wage Rates, Reward and Punishment System
- VII. Appalling Cafeteria and Dormitory Conditions
- VIII. Lack of Safety Education and Labor Protection
- IX. Appendix
Our research indicates that student laborers amount to 80% of the total workforce in the factory. During our follow up investigations, our investigators suspected that there were a large number of child laborers in other departments of the factory, estimating that there may be 50 to 100 children working there. These children were working under same harsh conditions as adult workers, but were paid only 70% of the wages when compared with the formal employees. Moreover, these child workers were often required to carry-out dangerous tasks that resulted in injury.
Before the customers place orders with the factory, they often require social responsibility audits of the company. According to the its website, Intertek was the auditor of Samsung— one of the major clients of HEG Electronics (Huizhou) Co., Ltd. Intertek is an international auditing firm ; it claims to be a reliable auditing company. However, our previous investigation showed that reports created by Intertek are not trustworthy. Our investigation showed that some of Intertek’s auditors have accepted bribery from factories in exchange for letting the firm pass audits despite not meeting requirement. One of Intertek’s previous audit results was annulled by the clients.
Apart from Samsung’s products being processed on the production lines of HEG Electronics, information on their website also shows that it is doing processing work for Motorola and LG.
For this report, we have chosen to create aliases for the child laborers in order to protect their identities and to prevent possible reprisals from the factory. However, some of their information was disclosed in the report for authenticity purposes. Brand companies could verify workers’ ages by their hiring certificates given upon employment. We also took photos of workers in the employment training session. The company could check their faces to verify the information.
It is our demand that the relevant brand companies and factories compensate these child workers and help them to get back into school and continue their education.
II. Company Profile HEG Electronics (Huizhou) Co., Ltd (hereafter referred to as “HEG”) is an important partner of South Korea’s Samsung, processing such products as mobile phones, DVDs, stereo equipment and MP3s for Samsung. As a processing company, HEG’s main manufacturing assemblies are SMT, OEM, and EMS. The company is located in the Jiaxin Industrial Park of Dongsheng Village, Chenjiang Township, Huicheng District, Huizhou, Guangzhou, China. According to our latest follow-up investigation, there is a new HEG factory across from the old factory (within 200 meters). Most processing machines have been moved to the new factory. A small number of employees are still working in the old factory, while all others are working in the new one.
There are more than 2000 employees currently in the company. During summer and winter breaks, the number of student workers increases to 80% of the workforce. The proportion is about 60% during the rest of the year. The ratio of male workers to female is 1 to 1. There are about 10 people working on each production line, 100 people in the HHP Project, more than 10 people in the shipment checking room OQC, over 10 security guards, more than 30 people in human resources, and over 50 Samsung employees stationed in HEG. According to our latest follow-up investigation, there is a new factory of HEG across from the old factory (within a distance of 200 meters) now. Most processing machines have been moved to the new factory. A small part of the employees are still working in the old factory, while others are working in the new one.
The fixed assets and important equipment of the factory are provided by Samsung, and each assembly line carries a label that reads “fixed asset of Samsung”. The production lines are: MAIN LINE (12 lines), BLOCK CELL (18 lines), SUB CELL LINE (16 lines), PBA BLOCK CELL (13 lines), PACKING LINE (18 lines), and SMT LINE (14 lines).
The clients of HEG are actually all clients of Samsung. The products are sold to Iraq, Afghanistan, United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Thailand, the Middle East, Hong Kong, France, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Nepal, Mauritania, Algeria, India, Indonesia, Israel, Turkey, Australia, Russia, as well as other places.
The major suppliers to HEG are YUTO printing, BYD Co., Ltd., JANUS (Dongguan) Precision Components Co., Ltd., Dongyuan Electronics, Iraq Alentejo Electronics (Huizhou) Co., Ltd., Afute Electronics, Yahengtong Logistics, Taixin Color Printing, Guopeng Printing Co., Ltd., Fareach Color Printing Industrial (Huizhou) Co., Ltd., Lishen Battery, Xinyuan Electronics, Yongbao Electronics, Fengda, Broad Telecommunication, Aokai Wata, Hebei Teda Packaging Materials Co., Ltd., Jierong Mold Industrial (Dongguan) Co., Ltd., Dongguan Xinyang Electronics Co., Ltd., Dongguan Shanmukang technology Co., Ltd., as well as others.
The packing line procedure is as follows: material input → P/N binding → IMEI checking → battery covering and phones bagging → packaging, sealing and labeling boxes → electronic weighing → casing and labeling.
Student workers and child workers taking a break Student workers and child workers taking a break III. Child Labor Abuse Based on our investigation, there are around 2,000 workers in HEG currently. During the summer and winter vacation, a rise in student workers can be easily observed. During these periods, student workers may constitute more than 80% of the factory workforce, 20% higher than usual. Based on our investigation and the appearance of these student workers, most of them are under 18, and they receive not a bit of special protection from the factory.
Based on what the student workers from Hunan Yuandong Vocational and Technical School said, there were more than 10 underage workers sent into the factory on 27th April 2012. They were all settled in the dormitory of Huiyang Diyu Industry Co., Ltd. According to our investigation, the employment of child laborers can occur was firstly because of HEG’s slack internal supervision mechanisms; they never check the students’ IDs. Secondly, the teachers in that school take advantage of this loophole in the factory management in order to serve their own interests. They often provided false IDs or household registrations to those underage workers, or they mixed the underage workers with their students on the pretext of internship. They thusly created an illegal channel that could allow children to be employed on a plausibly pretense. Even after the company discovered the existence of child laborers in their factory, it took no actions to stop them from working and, instead, moved the children to rented dormitories off the factory grounds in order to escape detection. The fact that child labor was moved to the dormitory of Huiyang Diyu Industry Co., Ltd. was striking evidence of abuse. The following is a short list of just a few of the child laborers we investigated.