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'Made in Newark' initiative hopes to introduce visitors to city's businesses, locally made products

The Star Ledger

NEWARK — Activity buzzed inside a nondescript, one-story manufacturing building near Newark’s Branch Brook Park.

Workers from Unionwear carefully cut zippers to length for royal blue gym bags emblazoned with a block-lettered "Made in Newark" logo on the side. Others focused on embroidery machines, guiding threads in red, orange and yellow patterns that spelled out "Go Newark Hoop Fest" on baseball caps.

Labour firm fakes paperwork

Phnom Penh Post

Labour recruitment firm T&P Co Ltd has been faking documents for under-age women to make them eligible for domestic work abroad, a local rights advocate said today.

Moeun Tola, head of the labour programme at the Community Legal Education Centre, said today that at least two of five women recently released from the firm’s training centre are under age.

Women urged to wrest rights with education, skills

Dawn News

Seminars, a press conference and a walk were also held on the day celebrated in the city as elsewhere in the world.

They said women were discriminated against right from their childhood as the male child was given preference to the girl child by the family in the provision of food, education, medical help, etc. When girls grew up and came out of their homes to get education or employment, a majority of them faced harassment at public places, bus stops, in transport and even at workplaces.

Anti-sweatshop bill vetoed by Onorato

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato vetoed a piece of legislation Friday passed by county council earlier this week that declared W&K Steel in Rankin a "sweatshop."

The legislation, passed Tuesday with the support of all seven of the council's Democratic members, would have made the company ineligible for county contracts. The four Republican council members abstained...

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W&K Steel rejects peace offering

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Owners of a Rankin metal fabricating plant rejected a peace offering by the Allegheny County councilman who accused them of running a "sweatshop."

Shortly before announcing he wouldn't try to overturn County Executive Dan Onorato's veto of a bill designating W&K Steel a sweatshop, council President Rich Fitzgerald called the owners, Ed and Celeste Wilhelm.

Council passed the bill Tuesday. Onorato vetoed it Friday...

Vowed veto of 'sweatshop' to stand

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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Two days after declaring a Rankin factory a "sweatshop," Allegheny County Council Democrats announced they were backing down in the face of County Executive Dan Onorato's threatened veto.
Council's declaration barred the county from doing business with W&K Steel LLC and touched off criticism from people who said Democratic leaders pushed the bill through to please unions. W&K owners deny they're running a sweatshop and said they're considering legal action.