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Petitioning Apple

Use impartial labor inspectors, not ones you've bought and paid for.

64
Supporters

It's good that Apple is finally committed to inspecting its factories. But as of now, it's a PR stunt, because the inspections are being done by a notoriously pro-corporate organization (the Fair Labor Association or "FLA") that's selected and paid by Apple and tells the public what Apple wants the public to hear.  As reported in the New York Times on Feb. 17, 2012, even before FLA staff had inspected the factories, the President of the FLA praised the conditions at the Foxconn facility where workers have committed suicide in large numbers, worked 70-hour work-weeks, died in explosions, and suffered other harsh conditions. He said the "problem" was that workers were "bored."  Demand that Apple use a genuinely independent, competent monitoring organization such as the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), with which approximately 200 United States universities are affiliated. Unlike the FLA, the WRC is not paid by Apple or any other corporation and its inspections are conducted by independent labor law professors from major American law schools.

Letter to
Apple
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Apple.

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Your labor inspectors are not impartial and competent. You've hand-picked your inspectors, and you pay them. It's the fox guarding the henhouse. You should instead use genuinely impartial and independent labor investigator to inspect Apple factories

It's good that Apple is finally committed to inspecting its factories. But as of now, it's a PR stunt, because the inspections are being done by a notoriously pro-corporate organization (the FLA) that's paid by Apple and tells the public what Apple wants the public to hear. As reported in the New York Times on February 17, 2012, even before seriously inspecting the factories, the FLA President praised the labor conditions at the Foxconn facility where workers have committed suicide in large numbers, have died from factory explosions, have been forced to work 70 hour work-weeks, and have suffered other horrible abuses. He said the "problem" was that workers at the factory were "bored." Demand that Apple use a genuinely independent, competent monitoring organization such as the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) which is based in 200 United States Universities. Unlike the FLA, the WRC is not paid by Apple and its inspections are conducted by independent labor law professors from major American law schools.
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Sincerely,