CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 24, 1981
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(Studio) Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan reported joining raid on sweatshops in NYC's Chinatown; details given. Donovan quoted with regard to extension of strike force, already active in New York City and Miami, to Chicago and Los Angeles.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Econ. necessity of participants and their exploitation by owners of sweatshops outlined; passage of Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 with support of International Ladies' Garment Workers Union recalled. Estimated number of illegal home workers in United States mentioned. [ILGWU president Sol CHAIKIN - notes creation of "under class" in US.] Details of sweatshop workers' lives examined; role of illegal aliens in growth of sweatshops and home workers noted. Case of 1 uniden. women cited as example [California labor department spokesperson Joseph RAZO - outlines role of manufacturer in system.] [Uniden. WORKER - doesn't care about illegality of job due to need for money.] [Union organization Olivia Sanchez BRACHAMANTE - notes child labor role in situation.] [Louise GUARDADO - describes effort made to get to work when ill.] ["ALMA" - notes incring. blindness.] Econ. impact of doing away with illegal garment industry noted.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner