Friday, March 09, 2007

Question: What Government Agency Had An Office In That New Bedford Sweatshop?

Sweatshop? Did you say sweatshop? I don't see a sweatshop!

ding ding ding ding

Alex, is it "The Department of Defense"?

Yes, that's right! reads the Providence Journal, so I don't have to. The Pentagon's sweatshop (the following quoted material is contained within the post, but it's all from the ProJo.)

The company manufactures military backpacks and protective gear for U.S. forces. A spokesman for the U.S. Army Soldiers System [sic] Center in Natick, Mass., which oversees the work, said that a Department of Defense inspector maintains an office at the plant, but was unaware that any of the workers were undocumented.


The affidavits allege that Insolia, 50, of Pembroke, Mass., "intentionally seeks out illegal aliens because they are more desperate to find employment and are thus more likely to endure severe workplace conditions he has imposed."

Those conditions allegedly include "docking of pay by 15 minutes for every minute an employee is late; fining employees $20 for spending more than 2 minutes in the restroom and firing for a subsequent infraction; providing one roll of toilet paper per restroom stall per day, typically resulting in the absence of toilet paper after only 40 minutes per day; fining employees $20 for leaving (the) work area before break bell sounds; and fining employees $20 for talking while working and firing for a subsequent infraction."

Earlier post: Homeland Security: Tearing Nursing Babies From Their Mothers' Arms (March 9, 2007)

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