Chinese Use Card Check to Unionize All PRC Wal-Marts

I’ve written previously about the card-check union organizing provision in the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) now before Congress. It turns out that this is the same method, gathering signatures, that Chinese workers used to set up unions in every Wal-Mart branch in China. This was fairly revolutionary for the All-China Federation of Trade Unions […]

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Some New Year’s for the People’s Republic of China

China ushered in the Year of the Ox yesterday (today in the U.S.) amid deepening economic and social woes. It’s hard to get the truth out of the People’s Republic, which is anything but a republic, but the year just closed saw some 18,000 businesses close, mostly in the southeast, and at least 2 million […]

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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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Straight Out of Dickens: Labor Strife in China

You might think it was the early phase of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain if you visited South China these days. Guangdong Province is the manufacturing heartland of China, and its factories supply a lot of what we Americans find at Wal-Mart and many other retail stores, especially toys. But things are getting tough […]

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