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  • Insult to Injury

    As Tesla races to revolutionize the automobile industry and build a more sustainable future, it has left its factory workers in the past, still painfully vulnerable to the dangers of manufacturing. Our reporting shows that Tesla prioritized speed over safety, ignored its own safety experts and denied proper medical care to injured workers. And in order to make its safety record look better than it really is, Tesla has kept injuries off the books. Our radio segments take listeners into the factory and behind the scenes, as whistleblowers tell their secrets and workers show the toll on their lives.
  • iLied: Exposing Mike Daisey’s Fabrications of Apple’s Supply Chain in China

    This two-part investigation exposed fabrications in American monologuist Mike Daisey’s narrative about the Chinese factory workers who make Apple products, and also gave a voice to the Chinese men and women who were at the center of the international debate about factory conditions. Daisey had gained a worldwide platform as Apple’s most prominent critic; Reporter Rob Schmitz’s investigation proved that the details on which Daisey had built his compelling story were fabricated. Schmitz’s investigation aired on Marketplace and This American Life on March 16, 2012 and made international headlines, sparking a debate about journalistic truth. Schmitz’s April 2012 follow-up stories broadcast the points-of-view of actual Chinese factory workers and their employers, and helped re-shape the narrative about working conditions at Apple suppliers. Schmitz’s investigation became the most downloaded story in each program’s history. Hundreds of media organizations covered the work, sparking thousands of news articles and commentaries about the findings and the issues it raised. Online components of the work – which included podcasts, photo, and video – demonstrated the reach and longevity of multimedia storytelling; a video Schmitz shot of an iPad assembly line went viral with more than 2 million views on Youtube. The work continues to be discussed in case study format at journalism schools around the U.S., including an ethics class at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
  • An Empire Built on Bargains Remakes the Working World

    This investigation shows how Wal-Mart as a corporation has both positive and negative effects on the world. The corporation is huge, it is the world's largest corporation and does more than eight times the sales as Microsoft. The article shows how the company prospers by cutting costs in any way possible, but also how its low costs affect the global economy. Factory workers overseas have wages cut down to pennies so Wal-Mart will buy their products, local grocery chains are forced out of business by Wal-Mart superstores and employees who are prohibited from unionizing don't make enough to support a family, even when working forty hours a week. Wal-Mart managers use illegal tactics to keep employees from joining unions and sometimes coerce employers to work overtime without being paid for it.
  • Void Where Prohibited

    WorkingUSA report that "medical problems and humiliation result because employers routinely deny workers needed bathroom breaks."
  • Silicon Hell: High Tech's Toxic Toll

    San Francisco Bay Guardian looks at the the health problems of workers in the computer industry. Reveals large computer companies are contaminating soil, air and water with hazardous chemicals.
  • "State's No. 1 Polluter"

    This report details how one notorious steel mill contributed to northwest Indiana's status as one of the most polluted areas of the country. Profiles of local residents and factory workers provide insight.
  • Bordering on Exploitation

    Factory workers on the U.S. Mexican border flock from all over Mexico for the chance to earn $1 an hour in American owned factories called maquiladoras. The post-NAFTA factory boom is giving many Mexicans the opportunity to earn more money and better wages, but by American standards, it looks like exploitation, especially the living conditions.
  • Sacred ground, dumping ground

    For a half-century, FMC Corp. has mined phosphorous-laden shale on the reservation of the Shoshone-Bannock Indian tribes in eastern Idaho. A USA Today investigation finds evidence to support the tribe's claim that FMC factory workers are dying from lung cancer and other respiratory diseases at almost twice the surrounding population's rate. Officials were also aware that the company's arsenic effluent contaminated water wells serving the local population.
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    The story characterizes the toy industry as a showcase for the injustices of an unregulated global economy. Longtime U.S. factory workers (such as those at Mattel) lose their jobs to countries where workers have no rights, are treated poorly and are fired for trying to organize.
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    The Repository (Canton, Ohio) looks at job retraining in the United States and finds that retraining programs are usually a false hope; most factory workers who lose their jobs suffer the ecomonic consequences for the rest of their lives with only a small fraction of laid-off workers being retrained, May 23, 1992. # OH Wynn Keane Defense cuts