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Protest sweatshops and government inaction!

Date:
Tuesday, September 17, 2002
Time:
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Event Type:
Protest
Organizer/Author:
Chinese Progressive Assn, Sweatshop Watch
Location Details:
Where: The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, at California & Mason Streets. U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao will be giving a talk on "Labor Challenges in the Coming Year"

Why: Over 200 garment workers, mostly monolingual Chinese immigrant women, labored for months without pay over a year ago and are owed over $1 million. They were employed by three related factories in San Francisco, Wins of California, Win Fashion, and Win Industries of America, all owned by Anna Wong and her husband Toha "Jimmy" Quan. The U.S. Department of Labor has collected over $400,000 in a "lock box" from the manufacturers whose labels were sewn at the Wins of California factory. The money is supposed to help pay the workers for their months of unpaid labor. However, other creditors of the bankrupt factory are claiming the money and the workers haven't received a penny. Last year, when U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao visited San Francisco and learned about the abuses the Wins workers endured, she said, "I am just so sad. I could not sleep last night...they need to have justice." Yet, over one year later, the workers have not received any of their back wages. Elaine Chao - the first Chinese American to hold the Labor Secretary post - has remained silent while the Labor Department gives up its fight for the Wins garment workers.
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