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Tag: JC Penney

April
28th

Low-wage workers pay steep price for our bargain clothing

29emondayThis editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

That ridiculously low price tag for a new shirt is great, right? Everyone enjoys getting a good deal.

But tragedies like the one last week in Savar, Bangladesh, show that someone often ends up paying a steep price for that kind of bargain. In this case, it was hundreds of garment workers killed in the collapse of a substandard building housing several clothing factories.

It’s not the first such disaster. Last September, nearly 300 workers died in a fire in Islamabad, Pakistan. And in November, a factory fire killed 112 clothing workers in Tazreen, Bangladesh. Many smaller incidents have upwards of 600 workers over the past decade in Bangladesh, which has an estimated 4,000 clothing factories.

These kinds of Third World operations churn out the fashions we buy from big-name retailers like Read more »

Nov.
10th

Gratitude’s great, but better yet, hire a vet

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

On this Veterans Day, take a moment to thank past and present military men and women for their service.
That gratitude likely will be appreciated. But what they might appreciate even more is a job.

The economy’s been tough on many Americans, with unemployment stalled at about 9.6 percent. It’s been even worse for many U.S. military veterans transitioning to civilian life. They’re facing a record jobless rate of 11.8 percent.

Those leaving active-duty military service aren’t the only ones experiencing employment challenges. National Guard and reservists coming home from sometimes multiple deployments often find that their jobs no longer exist because their employer has downsized or gone out of business. Others are finding that some employers are reluctant to hire someone who might be called up again.

In times past, being a veteran was something positive to list on a job application. Now some vets aren’t mentioning their military service; they perceive an anti-veteran bias – particularly against service members who have been deployed to war zones, due to widely publicized mental health issues experienced by some. Read more »