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Foxconn, Apple agree to improve worker conditions

by Rob Schmitz Mar 30, 2012
Foxconn says it'll hike pay and limit work hours after an investigation found the firm was regularly violating labor rules.
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FLA's Foxconn report uncovers labor violations

by Kai Ryssdal Mar 29, 2012
Auret van Heerden, president of the Fair Labor Association, discusses working conditions at Foxconn's factories and the fixes that Apple and Foxconn are promising.
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Daisey lied, but factory working conditions in China still lag

by Rob Schmitz Mar 19, 2012
Mike Daisey made up the details of his first-hand account of dismal working conditions at Apple factories in China for his stage play and the radio program This American Life. But for workers in China, the issues are real.
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An acclaimed Apple critic made up the details

by Rob Schmitz Mar 16, 2012
The monologist Mike Daisey’s account of Chinese factory conditions in “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” made people think differently about their iPhones and iPads. But after an adaptation aired on This American Life, reaching China, an investigation there…
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Foxconn agrees to raise worker wages

by Sarah Gardner Feb 20, 2012
The Taiwan-based manufacturer will also cut down on excessive overtime. What will this mean for its purchasers -- like Apple -- and consumers?
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Foxconn reform may lead to more changes in China

by Adriene Hill Feb 20, 2012
Electronics manufacturer Foxconn is taking steps to improve worker salaries and conditions after increasing international pressure to do so.

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Apple Economy

Apple's China supply chain exposed

by Kai Ryssdal Jan 26, 2012
The New York Times' Charles Duhigg discusses the harsh working conditions at Apple's manufacturers in China, and what can be done to enact change.
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How Apple makes its profit

by Scott Tong Jan 25, 2012
Apple's formula is classic: Buy low, sell high -- over and over and over.
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Chinese laborers take drastic measures for a raise

by Rob Schmitz Jan 11, 2012
Workers at a Foxconn factory that makes iPhones all threatened to jump from the top of the building if they didn't get a raise. But these aren't the only workers protesting work conditions and pay in the country.