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see sweating systemsweating system,
method of exploiting labor by supplying materials to workers and paying by the piece (see piecework) for work done on those materials in the workers' homes or in small workshops (sweatshops).
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The net effect might be that consumers would inadvertently be shunning morally upstanding sneaker companies and buying products from hideous companies that operate sweat shops in Indonesia.
(In fact, Klein calls cruise boats "sweat shops at sea".) This book is an eye-poppingly harsh critique of an industry that is far from consumer-friendly.
Anyway, I realize Nike has the financial backing to help make skateboarding bigger, but this is also the same company that makes jock-wear out of childlabored sweat shops. Enough said.
And from the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1800s until the passage of the first national child labor laws in 1916, over two million children at any one time worked from dawn until dusk under appalling conditions in the sweat shops, factories and mines of America.
A strong family structure militated against child labour in the teeming sweat shops, where young women produced clothes for export with an intensity rarely seen in more mature capitalist economies.
Will being a kid in the year 2000 be any easier than in 19007 Child labor and sweat shops are no longer condoned.
Unless consumers can persuade manufactures who use sweat shops to "stop and comply with labor laws, then we are all accomplices if we continue to use them," said Newark Archbishop Theodore McCarrick at a news conference Oct.
ZPG calls for stemming illegal immigration, penalizing visa abusers and closing sweat shops. But, according to legislative associate Heather Smith, "We don't want to make any blanket statement on actual numbers [of immigrants].
Similarly, Reich's fledgling attempts to overhaul the country's vocational education programs would likely fall by the wayside, as would his crusade to hold garment manufacturers accountable for the use of sweat shops in the creation of their products (an issue the garment industry has already expressed optimism that Herman will be "more open-minded" about).
What began essentially as sweat shops in the late 1970s have developed into sophisticated facilities in the 1990s, creating a substantial number of jobs, and taking up much of the industrial space, especially in parts of the outer boroughs.
They run family businesses, operate secret sweat shops, or take cash payments only, which they do not report to the IRS.
Poole, born in Chicago, was educated at Princeton and went to live in the University Settlement House in New York, writing magazine articles advocating elimination of child labor, sweat shops, and slum conditions.