China: Laboratory for EFCA-Style Unionization

Can’t blame ’em. Business owners in China’s manufacturing belt, their businesses up in smoke in the worldwide recession, are fleeing the country and leaving their workers high and dry–and yuan-less–rather than cope with China’s restrictive labor laws. Of course, you can also call them rats for absconding with their companies’ loot while leaving their workforce […]

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A Hundred Years Later, Henry Ford Comes to China

American automobile pioneer Henry Ford is famous for many things, including the introduction of assembly-line production and, to make sure workers could endure the boredom of his assembly lines, the $5-a-day pay rule, which was unheard of in 1914. (At the same time, he reduced the workday from nine to eight hours, but we haven’t […]

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Employees in China Get Unheard-of Job Protections

With tens of thousands of us Americans losing our jobs every week, I found it interesting to discover that China just in the past year implemented what’s called the Labor Contract Law, which basically gives every employee a nearly unbreakable contract with their employer. Plus, many of these contracts are open-ended, meaning they go on […]

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