Disabled adults get $240 million for abuse by company
If you aren't already aware, a jury awarded a group of mentally challenged adults $240 million for the horrible abuse they suffered at a turkey processing plant in Iowa City, Iowa. Some of these individuals worked at this plant since the 1970s. They were only paid $65 a month after room/board were subracted out.
If you think because the food and housing that were provided were pretty good, you would be wrong. The windows constantly leaked, there were rodents everywhere and full of fire hazards. The workers were physically abused and forced to work when sick.
Essentially, they were the closest things to slaves one can get today, even more so then NCAA "student"-athletes. Since the company that ran this plant is now bankrupt, it's hard to know how much money these men will end up getting.
But like the Bangladesh building collapse that killed hundreds, it shows how absurd it is to state we need less regulations in business. Yes, regulation (as is in Milwaukee) shouldn't cap taxi cab permits to raise the value of permits in a city. But in the process of doing that, we shouldn't ignore the great harm by reducing regulations across the board.
Oh, by the way, those hundreds of Bandladesh workers who died, only made $38 dollars a month, even less then these abused Iowa City workers. The factory building owner ignored police concerns to close the building before it collapsed, but regulation isn't really necessary, anyway, huh?
It's not for the makers of children toys who can put pretty much any toxic chemical they want into the toys that they make. Virtually no oversite on that either. It's not like we can't trust corporations to do right, just as paint makers saw how wrong it was to make paint with lead in it, so small children wouldn't eat it. Wait, that took government regulation.
By the way, the factory in Bangladesh that collapsed is just the type of factory to make toys that poison children. It seems that factory owners who don't care at all about the safety of their own workers, don't care about the safety of children who play with their toys. If you want to oppose these types of awful conditions plese visit SweatFree Communities and oppose sweatshops.