'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Friday, January 09, 2004

Well, You Know, What Says 'Rugged Individualist' Better Than A Chinese Sweatshop

Levi's is shutting down its last two American factories [*]:

The company announced its intentions of shutting down its two San Antonio plants in September 2003, saying that it is 'shifting away from owned and operated manufacturing.' It had also said that it would outsource its manufacturing to sites across the Third World nations.

The above linked article is unintentionally amusing. It reads like copy for the Daily Show... a New York analyst informs us that "Investors are not very sentimental these days." And in response to the company spokeswoman's assertion of the generousness of the severance package given to the 800 people who get to start the new year hanging out in unemployment offices, Viola Casares, founder of a group that protested an earlier Levi's closure, responded, "They would rather have jobs." Good times, good times...

At least, they'll be unemployed in an economic boom.

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