Hundreds Threaten Suicide At Microsoft Supplier Plant In China

By William McGuinness

SEATTLE, Wash. (CBS Seattle) — Some 300 Chinese Foxconn employees who manufacture X-box 360 machines said they would throw themselves from their Wuhan, China, plant if demands for lost wages were not met.

China Jasmine Revolution, an activist revolutionary organization with a name borrowed from the Tunisian revolt that set off the Middle East unrest, reported that employees made their demands for a wage increase for 100 employees on Jan. 2.

Management at Foxconn — the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and a crucial link in the supply chains of Apple, Dell, Nintendo and Song — responded with an ultimatum. Employees could quit with one month’s compensation awarded for each year with the plant or go back to working.

Many employees quit, but Foxconn allegedly dishonored the agreement and awarded former employees nothing.

Around 300 workers returned to the plant in an uproar, and staged their protest on the plant’s roof on Jan. 4.

Wuhan’s mayor intervened through hours of negotiations, walking them back from the roof’s edge until 9 p.m. when workers agreed to return to work, according to China.com.

In an email to CBS Seattle, a Foxconn spokesperson confirmed the “workplace incident” occurred but said the workers protested because the company planned to move the workers from one business unit to another on the same campus as a result of shifts in the production line.

“The welfare of our employees is our top priority and we are committed to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly and that their rights are fully protected. The operational changes that were the basis for this incident are being carried out in accordance with all relevant laws and regulations,” the spokesperson said.

A Microsoft spokesperson wrote CBS Seattle a statement saying, “Microsoft takes working conditions in the factories that manufacture its products very seriously, and we are currently investigating this issue. We have a stringent Vendor Code of Conduct that spells out our expectations, and we monitor working conditions closely on an ongoing basis and address issues as they emerge. Microsoft is committed to the fair treatment and safety of workers employed by our vendors, and to ensuring conformance with Microsoft policy.” ­

Foxconn came under fire in 2010 when workers successfully committed suicide in a plant that manufactured components for Apple. Then, Foxconn told media that it considered every worker’s life to be valuable while some plants required workers to sign contracts stating that they wouldn’t kill themselves.

Wired magazine was granted access to the factories, which installed nets that would catch anyone attempting to jump.

Touring the Longhua plant in 2011, Terry Gou, the chairman of Foxconn parent Hon Hai Precision, said suicide rates among workers in his plants were smaller compared to the country’s and added a country’s suicide rate typically climbs when its GDP does, Forbes reported.

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  1. Roger Johnson says:

    Isn’t out sourcing to China a wonderful idea? Now we get to depend on the communists for our computer parts. Oh yeah, this will work out great.

    1. Jacob says:

      Do you think China doesn’t have roughly a billion miserable poor people?

      I guess they’re going to destroy our cutting edge military with their sowing machines.

      We have problems but so does every other country. We take care of our people better than they do, that’s why we have free lunches! Government bloodsuckers are another issue and maybe that’s what’s bringing us down, not giving lunch to poor people I promise you!

      1. Spanky says:

        sewing machines not sowing machines

    2. yahoo says:

      You think China has good quality products? I want some of what you are smoking! EVERY product China makes is cheap and of poor quality. For example, American made tools are FAR, FAR, FAR, FAR, FAR, FAR better quality. Just ask anyone who uses hand tools daily (like me). If you offered a mechanic (like me) a chinese tool or an American made Snap On, they will choose the American tool EVERY TIME! All electronics is not surface mount. A correct statement would be “a large number of currently manufactured electronics have some surface mount components.” What things do the chinese make that we here in the USA didn’t think of first? Just like the Japanese, they just copy our ideas. Name one example where this is not true…

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    3. moreco2 says:

      We export our pollution to them (under the approval of the sierra club) and buy their cheap products where envirocontrols are non existent (and union members would be shot on sight). Now we see their employees willing to commit Harry Carry. The envirowackos and our “progressive” loons are responsible for more human deaths than all the world wars. Of course human deaths mean nothing to the “progressives”. Very sad.

      1. eyebeam says:

        Harry Carey’s dead, leave him out of this!

      2. Terry Furlough says:

        Another dead liberal IS PROGRESS!!!!

      3. Terry Furlough says:

        “Harry Carey’s dead” HO-LY COW!!!

      4. Ozlanthos says:

        Now why would we do that? Maybe it’s because chip manufacturers are greedy POSs that don’t give a damn about environmental controls? Remember Acid rain? How about the rusty rivers in the North-Eastern states? Toxic waste being disposed of in public land-fills? Super-fund sites? Environmentalists like myself ARE NOT AGAINST PROGRESS, WE ARE AGAINST PROGRESS AT “ANY” COST!!! Rush Limbaugh would have you believe that we wanted this, or that killing American jobs was a goal of ours. All we have ever said is that if we are going to make these things here that we should do it in such a way that we don’t have to suffer the loss of our health, or the health of our environment in the process! Also if you had any idea what companies like Foxconn do in order to become more competitive than us, YOU”D SHUT YOUR HOLE AND CONGRATULATE THEM ON LOSING THEIR HUMANITY BEFORE US (unless of course YOU want to live in a fab 6 days a week, earn less than a dollar an hour, work 14-18 hour days, and sleep in a cot on site)!!!

        BTW, do you know how long the Chinese had to work in order to make their air tolerable enough to host the Olympics? 2 YEARS!!! Even then runners and other athletes could hardly breathe……but environmental “whackos” are to blame here right?

        -Oz

      5. JDW says:

        Hahaha – I like the thrust of this point – but the thought of 300 Chinese “commiting Harry Carry” cracks me up! A great visual – 300 Chinese dudes doing their best Harry Carey impersonations all at the same time. They should have thought of this to go along with all those synchronized Chinese drummers during the opening ceremony at the last Olympic games

      6. Truthseeker says:

        On a point of information, Harry Carry is actually Japanese – neither Chinese nor Communist! 🙂

    4. tredglx says:

      Just another union Yahoo, I see.

    5. Bill E Bob says:

      PRC! PRC!

      1. HiLal says:

        The Zambia story from the Atlantic discusses how the ppoele of Zambia feel the Chinese are taking advantage of their natural resources and labor through low wages and poor working conditions, while the Chinese are baffled by this animosity despite building new hospitals, stadiums, infrastructure, etc. The large disparity in the 2 viewpoints would be quite laughable if it weren’t so sad, but I can certainly understand the sentiments from both sides. From the Zambians’ viewpoint, it can’t feel good to see an outside group profiting from their country; what could have been a good opportunity for job creation was squandered by the Chinese bringing in their own ppoele for the management positions and poor treatment of the local hires. (The factory working conditions in China are already quite bad so I can only imagine how much worse it’d be in Africa.)The Chinese on the other hand have always been clouded by the paternalism that they’ve enforced upon themselves for thousands of years (from ruler to subject/ father to family), and that almost always proves to be volatile when imposed on outside ethnicities (i.e. Xinjiang, Tibet). The thing is, Chinese culture has an extremist version of the collectivist mentality that enables them to overlook individual suffering; as long as things look good from the outside, it doesn’t matter the suffering on the inside. (It always reminds me of an ant colony; as long as the queen ant is safe, killing a bunch of stray worker ants doesn’t make any difference to the colony since the queen can just make more ants.)

    6. Should Be President says:

      agreed!
      Our jigaboos and illegals (and don’t forget the “wiggers”) are draining this nation. They are dumb, arrogantly so, and care more about how they look than what they achieve.
      Half of the USA is like this and the rest of us have become slaves to the elite government class, sacrificing our lifeblood to support the parasites.

      The chinese have their problems, but useless, stupid, violent, criminal spooks destroying their urban centers isn’t one of them.
      Nor is China inundated with illegal immigrants sucking up government benefits (provided by taxpayers, lest you forgot) far out of proportion with those sucked up by our own citizen parasites.
      Citizen parasites then? Well, China has them, but they don’t feed them, and thus they do not multiply like ours do.

      As to school lunches? The Chinese believe feeding your kids is a parent’s responsibility. In this country, parents of the kids who get free lunch because they supposedly can’t afford it, surprisingly can afford liquor, drugs and cigarettes. In China, parents quit smoking to pay for kids schooling.

      We have a similar class of achievers in this country, but they aren’t politically active because they don’t have time to waste. Their work makes this economy functuion as much as it does.They create jobs. They earn what they have. But people like Barry Soetoro demonize them as rich and undeserving. As greedy. As not paying their share…

      Yes, this nation was perverted into building a utopia for the mud races and the talking monkeys. This was done by dumbing them down with the worst education (indoctrination, really) system in the developed world, run by union thugs.

      1. Lauren says:

        I’m wondering where you got your information about the Chinese.

    7. jeff6times7 says:

      An interesting educational experience is to see the past relationship between Dell Computer and ASUS. ASUS supplied a small portion of Dell’s parts and over time told Dell “we can save you money if you just let us build x for you”. Over time, x became a bigger and bigger supplier of Dell’s parts until ASUS was able to go to Best Buy and say “we can save you money if you just let us sell you our computers”.

      ASUS smart. Dell dumb.

      1. AutoGuy says:

        You are correct sir! The old saying of first you get an extra dollar then you need an extra dollar remains true. First you get a bonus by using outsourced labor and overseas manufacturing then you can’t survive without outsourced labor and overseas manufacturing. Not to worry though, you see while US companies are moving offshore friendly foreign companies are moving closer to their customer base to lover shipping costs. Hyundai in Alabama, Toyota in California, Volkwagon in Pennsylvania, etc. Workers don’t really care if the boss is not a US citizen unless that boss is causing harm to the US. The situation has gone so crazy that now Japanese company toyota is contributing to the US export business by building cars in the US for export. That is why they call it a global economy. The biggest problem right now is Chinese unwillingness to let the market raise the value of their currency thus holding them in a better position to export. All things change China will too.

      2. y_p_w says:

        The three major OEM suppliers (Quanta, ASUS, and Foxconn) have had the in-house capability to make their own computers for a long time. For years they’ve actually been completely designing some of their computers in-house which can then be relabelled or customized for the company that has its name put on the final product. You think Dell or HP really designs their own monitors?

        The only difference now is that ASUS decided to branch out to sell electronics under their own name. They still do OEM manufacturing. Suzuki wasn’t able to sell cars in the US for some time, so they partnered with GM for the Chevy Sprint (aka the Geo Metro). Mitubushi Motors completely designed and build the Dodge Colt Vista until they got their own dealership network. Daewoo used to make cars for GM, although they no longer sell their own branded cars in the US. This is not unusual.

        Of course ASUS/Quanta/Foxconn also serve as assemblers for specifically designed products. The entire casework and board layout of an Apple notebook is designed in Cupertino. Microsoft is designing all the hardware that goes inside and outside of an Xbox in Mountain View.

    8. peggy says:

      I guess you think we should all be so miserable.

    9. Dave Mowers says:

      We need to legalize murder so Wall Street can meet expectations next quarter. Who needs poor people anyway except to serve as slaves for the rich?

      1. Terry Furlough says:

        NO.. BUT THEY DO NEED TO HAVE A LIMIT ON LAWYERS.. a finite number for each state.. say 5 or 10.. no need to have 14000 in a single city.. all wanting to chase an ambulance or grease a palm to gain influence.. also limit Judges to 10 years.. and Supreme Court Judges (AKA Kings) to 20 years..

    10. Wan says:

      Chinese are more intelligent than Americans and that’s why they can assemble parts for those big idiots. The average Americans can never be equal to the average Chinese in terms of performance. The average Americans are stupid and lazy. The true American image has always been twisted by corrupted medias.

      1. PrivacyInA9M80 says:

        Uhhhhh… is it me or is this entire comments section teeming with visceral hatred?

      2. forrealyo says:

        IT IS!. Its because Those of us who knew what libs were all about, and those who have finally taken their head outta their butt, are not going to take it in any form anymore. Enough blantant hypocrisy in the name of progress, we lose more and more of our liberties each day while the ignorant cheer. That is why.

      3. kcsparky says:

        Nice…..very nice. Point, set, match!

    11. Jim Sherer says:

      tea are you a chinese plant.

    12. Pete Dooley says:

      I guess ignorance is bliss but yes I was at a Chinese factory and they fed their 500 employees lunch. What is your experience.

      I also brought up to the factory manager that we (the subhuman American in your diatribe) had computerized machines that did what they had 26 of their workers doing. His response ” we want people to work”. That is why their economy is booming while the greedy corporations have moved to China and Thailand where they can exploit manipulated currencies and workers who used to subsist on $467 par year when I was there ($4600.00 in five short years). There are no unions in China. Microsoft and Apple are taking advantage of this. This exploitation is now resulting in deaths. It has nothing to do whatsoever with your racist ignorant comments.

    13. giggler says:

      … plants required workers to sign contracts stating they wouldn’t committed suicide…

      If you die there is no contract. What’s the point in making them sign something they can’t enforce or do anything about in the after fact?

    14. Adam Smith says:

      Clearly a Chinese citizen who has never been to the US. The Chinese companies, far from having the latest technology, can’t even get the product manuals in some semblance of English. I was looking for a simple leather belt because my Chinese one broke (how can a belt break?!) Every belt was Chinese, but my vigilance paid off and I found one made in Italy. What a difference in quality!

    15. Te says:

      We Have outsourced everything to China. Mostly its the companies fault, they get tax breaks, incentives and then leave the country. China is just producing what “we” want. Cheap, Non Dependable, Products.

      http://www.dailyjobcuts.com

    16. lauren says:

      actually i was a teacher in a public school there. and they do have free school lunch. for everyone. and actually u can hardly call them capitalist. ive lived in some 5 countries and china was the most similar systemically to the US

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    17. Willis says:

      Stop the handouts over there in order to line our pockets. Imagine if all large US corporations unified and decided to retain all of their business, manufacturing etc. and keep it in the US. Far fetched to say the least. But imagine the immediate improvement in the job situation here, and the respect it would command from the poor, and both political sides here in the US. The US is a country that fights for the right to work, and makes due in rough times. Our people aren’t joyless automatons who will threaten mass suicide if our demands aren’t met. As much as I’m not a fan of unions, at least our worker organizations have positive self respect and true spirit.

      1. Ozlanthos says:

        If you know anything about SPC, you know that suicide threats are really the only thing the Chinese workers can do to effect change. The only problem is that they never do it on a big enough scale to force the change to happen. You see it’s not the suicides or even media fall-out that these manufactures fear with regard to such threats. What they really fear is the loss of production time, and the resulting increase in per unit cost due to reduced line productivity caused by the loss of workers, and the training of their replacements! People who whine about the loss of jobs here have no idea how low the Chinese will go in order to be more competitive than us. If we had any guts at all, we’d boycott Chinese manufactured goods in solidarity with their workers. When neo-fascists like Rush whine about regulations, what “they” really mean is that American workers should be willing to put up with such sub-human treatment in order to bring the jobs back here! NO THANKS!!!

        -Oz

    18. tommy says:

      Let’s see Microsofts, Apple and other’s Vendor Code of Conduct.

    19. robertsgt40 says:

      Yep. Globalism’s finest hour.

      1. Loira says:

        This is a very well written alictre about China. I have been waiting for an alictre like this for a long time because it hit the jackpot: China is trying to change the status quo by playing zero-sum game. This author listed 3 excellent examples about China’s recent behavior towards its neighbors: indifferent attitude on the sinking of South Korea’s naval ship, economic sanction on Japan based on Chinese fishermen being arrested, and lack of willingness to give Taiwan more international recognition even with pro-China Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou in power. Plus, China has territorial disputes with other neighbors like Vietnam and Philippine in the South China sea. Those that disagreed with this alictre failed to see the main point. China’s proud history, current economic and political systems, and lending U.S. money are completely separated issues from the frame of reference that has taken place in East Asia since WWII. The current frame of reference in East Asia is agreed upon by the democratic countries in the area. For China to challenge the status quo, it has to do the opposite of the expected behavior. This is why for 3 years Obama could never get what he wanted from the Chinese leadership which is corporation on major issues. Nobody is trying to challenge China. No country will ever invade China again. This is because time has changed. It is China that is trying to challenge the norm. My gut feeling is that China is following the foot step of Imperial Japan. Zero-sum game is a dangerous game that can lead to clashes and even wars. Unfortunately, the CCP is very good at playing such game just ask the KMT that fleet Taiwan in 1949. I would not be surprise if confrontation occurs in the near future between China, and the U.S. and its allies.

    20. Generous Motors says:

      I’m not advocating Communism, but lets consider your implication that outsourcing from a Communist country is a bad idea.

      In China, prople protest and either A- kill themselves and are replaced by cheaper workers, lowering the cost of the outsourced parts, or B- go back to work for one bazillionth of the wages of the western world, keeping the cost as low as it originally was.

      In the USA, an auto parts line worker making $30/hr (with unlimited overtime, and triple time on holidays…) protests getting his overtime cut. The union gets involved, work slowages occur, a lawsuit is filed, strikes happen, manufacturers who depend on short time supply chains have to shut down THEIR manufacturing, and in the end the employees keep their $90/hour Martin Luther King holiday, driving prices from the roof on the end product. Eventually, factories shut their doors because they cant maintain this.

      I know, I’ve worked for GM, Delphi, and ITT Automotive, on the line and in an MRP capacity.

      So from an economic standpoint, yeah it would “work out great”. In the real world, if we could fix our capitalist system and get rid of the entitlements we would drive China under and be able to stand on our own.

      1. AutoGuy says:

        You have a little noticed fact stuck in that point of yours “Generous Motors”. Short supply chains. Did you no the biggest factor for outsourcing manufacturing is the need to be able to stock inventory without being taxed on what you paid taxes for once but still have in stock so now must pay tax on again? Since the introduction of this stupid tax rule the US has been required to perform gyrations worthy of an olympian gymnast just to avoid excessive taxation on the raw materials it needs to produce it’s final products. once upon a time GM, Ford Dodge, etc kept warehouses of materials for quick ramp up of production. When a product sold better than expected they quickly made more to meet expanded demand using carefully stocked resources stockpiled for the need. Now with “just-in-time supply” they must order additional materials at higher cost to do the same thing. Sometimes they can’t due to manufacturing timeframes. For example if they have 100 transmissions waiting they can quickly put the automatic transmission in when the order is made instead of holding the order up while a new pallet of transmissions arrives from the source (Canada, Austria, Willowrun Michigan, etc. The delay causes loss of productivity and in many cases drives up the cost significantly. To counter the loss they build in a profit margin raising the price for everyone. Other countries have no such law and manufacturers know the advantage when they see it.

    21. Lamar Carnes says:

      Blood electronics is the name! When you buy the products here in the U.S. it is blood electronics. The slave labor wages around the world and in China speak not well for our U.S.A. firms. They need to stop all slave labor around the world and come back to the U.S.A. and create jobs and pay fair wages.

    22. jammer says:

      Sounds like time to “thin the herd” so to speak.

    23. J says:

      Corporate America should be held to account by the American People for shipping OUR jobs overseas! It is DISGUSTING and we should tax the H–LL out of em for doing it! These are OUR jobs done by some other country and they treat those people like dog sh-t! But YEA they care, huh…..fking putrid CEO’s…..

    24. MadCharles says:

      Big Democrat out sourcing company….

  2. Captian Obvious says:

    Let them leap. The world won’t be any worse off. I’m sure Bill can find another 300 Chicoms to work for next to nothing.

    Remember, next to nothing is better, relatively, than nothing at all. This is also what the powers that be want to turn America into.

    A choice of next to nothing, or nothing at all. What a wonderful world.

    1. veryobviousindeed says:

      this is what REBULICANS want america to be like. they see nothing wrong with asian parts with no VAT tax being made for 2 cents per hour competeing with american products and workers. VAT TAX NOW on foreing products and services if you actualy want to make america work again, its the only way. too bad all the rebulicans are just sock pupets controlled by the very people who make billions from being able to have things made in china for nothing and selling them to americans with almost no economic restrictions whatsoever.

      1. TruthInSpending says:

        Puhlease, enough of the melodrama. Outsourcing began decades ago. It did not start with the “fair trade ageements”. It’s been more than three decades since televisions, radios, recorders of any type any many other electronic devices were manufactured in significant numbers. Like wise for shoes, textiles and furniture.

        Outsourcing began within our borders starting in the early 1900s when the textile mills began moving from the Northeast cities of Fall River, New Bedford, Lowel, Lawrence, Haverill, etc., for cheaper labor and no unions in the South.

        It’s easier for companies to pack up their operations and move overseas than it was for those textile mills to move a few hundred miles, or a thousand miles south of New England.

        It is a global economy, like it or not. In order to compete, companies have had to move to places away from the hostile business environment of the U.S.

        That’s the reality, whether one likes it or not.

      2. Danny Vice says:

        You idiot. Why don’t you take a look at who has been controlling congress over most of the last decade? Who’s been in the WH for the past 3 years? We have more than enough opportunity, for example, to produce enough oil to be self sufficient, however Democrats refuse to let that happen- sending both millions of jobs and billions of American dollars overseas. Where is your outrage about that?

        Just as I thought. You are nothing more than a blowhard socialist hack who can’t be intellectually honest.

      3. StJames888 says:

        it’s not controlled by democrats, or even repubes.. it’s people bought and paid for by private banks, starting with the federal reserve; our government stopped being by the people and for the people back in 1913; when the federal reserve act was foisted on the people, if you work for the banks you get elected. If you don’t you are an also ran.. it’s a bigger problem the us vs. them- get mad at all of congress and vote the all out in november regardless of party if you want your kids to have a future…

      4. fredds says:

        fu you

      5. PfcHunter says:

        Troll: If all you have is a VAT tax answer, maybe you should look at replacing Obama as president. Remember, GE moved it’s X-ray division to China under Timothy Geitthner who is also Labor Czar under Obama.

      6. mikeB says:

        “veryobvious” – You know, don’t you that job outsourcing and the regulations encouraging it were from Clinton, don’t you? Likewise, the whole free trade scam. To Clinton we can also trace the repeal of Glass-Steagall (Larry Summers lobbied for that as Clinton’s Treasury Secretary). Of course, with that, Obama appointed him as his chief economic advisor. In fact, Obama just approved more than 67,000 “emergency” H1-B visas for Indian workers… with more than 5 million US i-tech workers without jobs. You are right to be upset about free trade, job, outsourcing, and guest workers. It destroyed our economy. But all of that was the idea of Democrat’s, not Republican’s.

      7. yahoo says:

        Dood, get over the right left paradigm and open your eyes! There is only one party in this country and it is called the bankers party. demicans and republicrats are just two sides of the same coin.

      8. Bob T says:

        You are a child –and I don’t care how old you are chronologically. If you still think there’s any difference between Republicans and Democrats at the top (where it matters because that’s the place from which they spew their vomit upon all of us) you are pathetic.

      9. Danny says:

        Oh jeez. Here we go again with blaming the republicans. Can’t you come up with anything else than tired, old rhetoric?

      10. MIKEYMIKE says:

        YES VAT TAX NOW, LETS BECOME THE FIRST NATION TO TAX OURSELVES INTO PROSPERITY………..F-ING IDIOT

      11. DirtyDave777 says:

        Typical liberal Drama Queen.
        Blame everyone but your Masters who ran this Country into the Ground with the welfare nanny state.

      12. Roberta13 says:

        what is your deal if you were intelligent you would see that there is no difference between republicans and democrats and oh by the way I believe it was CLINTON who brokered the trade deal that has ruined our country. Learn how our government runs and also learn to spell and stop being puppet for the media who thinks all republicans are white, rich men

      13. VAT...Really? says:

        I don’t think you know what a VAT tax is. Perhaps you are suggesting an import tax or a tariff. You seem to have a problem with a US company outsourcing part or all of its production and at least having HQ, sales offices etc here in the US. Perhaps you prefer what happens when those companies ignore the realities of a global market and insist on making things here and having higher production costs. If you don’t know what happens then, google Solyndra.

      14. Adam Smith says:

        Damn, you caught us! Yes, that’s exactly what I want my America to be like: outsourced to China and a puppet of the communists. What a utopia!

        Typical liberal thinking. They live in a twisted world of stereotypes. “Republicans want dirty water and children begging.” Who in the world wants that?! They never truly think.

        At least if they could get capitalization and punctuation right, I’d see some progress.

      15. Terry Furlough says:

        Damn you Awec Bawin.. and you REBULICANS.. I THINK THE AUTHOR IS POSSESSED BY kIM jONG-iL

      16. jammer says:

        moronic comments from the left

        if you want jobs here lower corporate taxes and regulations THAT is the only way

        once you start a tax you can’t get rid of it

    2. teaisstronger says:

      LET THEM LEAP!

      That statement is typical of a Democrat. We should force Gates to solve the issue. Its his product. He is a 1 percent(er), why haven’t the Occupy gone after Gates? These are people who were once America’s friend and WWII Allie.

      1. Terry Furlough says:

        W HY AREN’T MULTI MILLIONAIRE UNION BOSSES CALLED 1%ERS?

      2. AutoGuy says:

        @Terry Furlough Gates hasn’t been in power at microsoft for many years now. He owns stock in the company he built up but what else was he supposed to do sell every share? To who no one has that much money.

        Why is anyone interested in how much the other guy makes? Because we gauge our success by our standing against others. the top one percent of all wage earners don’t care why you don’t like their prosperity. They earned it with hard work and careful planning or sometimes with a quick blast of a bright idea but they did it not everyone just them why should they have nothing to show for it?

        Occupy this and that say the top one percent of earners are unfair because they get the benefit of barginning for better pay but don’t we all bargin for the best pay we can get? Why is it that when they are successful they are considered criminal by the occupy crowd? So what if they do earn more than you they produce more than you do too.

        For example a “consultant” who comes to a company and builds a plan to save that company millions in production costs by increasing the effiency of their production gets paid over 100,000 dollars. It looks like a lot but then realize they have just saved the millions for the company so their actual cost to the company was less than nothing. Lots of jobs are like this. A great CEO can bring a failing company back from the dead and even if they cost more than the next best candidate if they can do something the other guy can’t the company profits from hiring the more expensive guy and staying in business instead of saving the cost of the more expensive CEO and going under leaving no one with an income.

        Saying it isn’t fair for so few to make so much while so many make so little is pointlesson the face of it. Why should the world be fair? The world was never fair before! Not since the beginning of time has the world been fair. Some people are born with fast thinking brains or strong backs while others are feeble minded or weak. These are facts and no amount of shouting about fairness will suddenly make the slow witted guy into a fast thinker. I am all for education and health for the most possible good to come from the pool of humanity we have but not everyone can be the leader so we have to choose as well as we can and go from there. Democrat, Republican, Independant, whatever we need to look at the person not the party.

      3. AutoGuy says:

        @Terry Furlough Appologies for misdirecting my reply it should have been directed toward teaisstronger. Your venting about union leaders was not important to me.

    3. alan says:

      Now you know why you get these products cheaply . …on the sweat and tears of the poor Chinese people exploited by unscrupulous Chinese and other businessmen.

      You are really sick to say such things.

      It is also nice to learn US is now addicted to Chinese products which really is cheap.

      Hope you still have your jobs…

    4. robertsgt40 says:

      Wait til it comes here. Just a matter of time

    5. Marcos says:

      Went to the venue in Haugh for a private ppamer party. Had an excellent time, staff very friendly, venue gorgeous, treatments lovely and food really good. Had a really great time and we will all be returning very soon. Thankyou for making our day so relaxing and enjoyable! X

  3. pompey says:

    …….that shoud create some job openings……just saying!

    1. dam says:

      Would that be considered downward mobility?

      1. icetropics says:

        LOL!!

  4. Ralph says:

    As an ex-Softie, my guess is that hundreds of Microsoft employees in Redmond are probably on the verge of suicide because the company is run by Steve Ballmer.

  5. TC says:

    That is one way to RAGE QUIT….

  6. ziegler says:

    Microsoft is committed to the fair treatment and safety of workers employed by our vendors, and to ensuring conformance with Microsoft policy.”…..What, they dont make a Blue Splash Screen when they crash?….such a joke, just like Dell, Apple, and all the other American Companies that use chinese slave labor, they care not about the workers, it’s the whole reason they fled the US, so as not to have to comply with things like OSHA, EEOC, Minimum Wage, breaks and lunches, OT pay, Holiday pay, benefits et al. They’d much rather have slaves instead.

    1. KatieS says:

      I suppose it would be better to be a slave to the union… the mob-run union. The loss of jobs in the US is the direct result of union corruption and greed. Look at Detroit…the proud product of the American education system and corrupt unions.

      1. Danny Vice says:

        Katie you are right on the money. Unions force American manufacturers into an immediate disadvantage. Their products have a 10% or more built in cost from the get go thanks to Unions and their wealthy union bosses. What began as a good thing for workers rights has been exploited, twisted and transformed into a racket. This is why top manufacturers have gone to China or Taiwan to produce their wares. Look at cap and trade? That would have forced even MORE US manufacturers to look overseas – since politics continues to make America the least cost effective place to produce them.

      2. x says:

        government unions that is. a very important distinction

    2. Chad says:

      If they could get away with paying them nothing they would – 100 percent profiit

      1. Bill C. says:

        Welcome to the world of economics…. grow up.

    3. Roy says:

      You are 100% Correct-

    4. Terry Furlough says:

      Don’t worry .. if more than three people jump at once the scene will freeze and they’ll have to reboot the workforce..

  7. Doug says:

    Oh please Microsoft, as if you have no say so. Stop this NOW.

  8. bruno says:

    Globalism. Isn’t it just swell?

  9. Steve3 says:

    Ah, Microsoft, a good democrat-communist run company. It doesn’t get any lower then this folks!

  10. Joe Doakes says:

    Right now someone in the Communist Party in China is hoping Microsoft lowers the wage.

  11. John C says:

    Someday all manufacturing will be done by chimp supervised robots. Can you imagine how profits will zoom then!

    1. Terry Furlough says:

      I, for one, welcome our Simian and Robotic overlords..

  12. DaveAgain says:

    It’s been a frustrating 21 years of predicting, warning, then having to watch this whole stupidity unfold. Ultimately, I blame American consumers for always wanting to pay $50 for something that should have gone for $100.

    Didn’t it ever strike people that evetually this meant your own pay would be cut by 50% as well? And that the only way around that was to offshore?
    What a bargain. I refuse to deal with cheapskates who don’t know the value of an hour of work. They expect to be paid twice as much as everyone around them for the same work though.

    1. bruce tminello says:

      Dave gets it!

      1. DaPower says:

        No…Dave’s an idiot who wants to pay twice as much for his X-box!

      2. lorx2ik says:

        No, Dave only gets half of it. If we didn’t have a private institution called the Federal Reserve regulating our currency via executive fiat that artificially inflates the currency while skimming profits off the top, perhaps our Dollar would have held its value since 1913 and we would be paying $5 for an American made Xbox.

      3. 1913worker says:

        Man that sounds great wher do you get a functioning XBox for $5? Of course if you had to pay for it in 1913 silver certificates the cost would be higher than in current year dollars wouldn’t it?
        Oh well back to the salt mines. Gotta earn a dollar right?

    2. x says:

      we don’t have a choice. jobs are outsourced. slipping into the horror of poverty you cannot afford much and are forced into frugality

    3. wow says:

      So Dave is the final arbiter on how much products should cost?

      Dave sounds like a communist.

  13. brucetominello says:

    Dave gets it! Too bad most people do not.

  14. teaisstronger says:

    CHINA HAS OVER 3 BILLION SLAVES WORKING TO MAKE THINGS FOR AMERICA

    These Foxcon units can easily be replaced and the new workers can use the same bicycles. Americans are also committing suicide so what does it matter.

  15. teaisstronger says:

    AMERICAN ENGINEERS DO NOT EVEN KNOW HOW THE XBOX WORKS LET ALONE TRY TO DESIGN ONE.

    The Chinese Engineer is designing things the West cannot imagine. American engineers have been out of work longer than the 5 year half life of an engineer. Mos Americans have been out of work so long that it they were called back, they would not be able to work because they have forgotten so much.

    Its over American, its over, you committed economic-cultural suicide.

    Good bye.

    1. Fred says:

      Not true. I could design an XBOX… and write the software. Many engineers in the USA could. China has ain’t got sheet!

    2. Steve-Oh says:

      Dead wrong! Very little if any of the Xbox design was done in China. I know the core designers of the Xbox and didn’t even work for Microsoft. They are independent contractors that live very well in the USA. The losers are the rank and file salary engineers who get what they deserve. There is plenty of design work being done stateside and the manufacturing can come back in an instant with new manufacturing techniques that are just theories now. Bet against China, they will implode this decade.

      1. greg hauenstein says:

        Why would any manufacturer want to come here with a business tax of 35%+ and 40,ooo regulations a year coming out of the democratic anti business bureaucrats??

  16. Joe Dutra says:

    Too bad they couldn’t all drive Chevy Volts over the edge.

    1. Joe Doakes says:

      Haven’t you heard . . . soon they will be building them . . .

  17. Snailmailtrucker says:

    They will be suing the United States for all of this with Obama in the White House.

    1. Danny Vice says:

      I am no Obama fan… but this comment is just plain stoopid.

  18. Joe says:

    So what are the consequences if they break the “no-suicide” contract?

    1. icetropics says:

      they throw the rest of the workers in prison, or force them to work for free….I’m sure they would come up with something to punish them for the actions of one (who they could not punish)

    2. jayburd says:

      They cut off their heads and give them “severance pay”.

  19. Jimbo says:

    i give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt on this .. I know they are committed to their ‘vision’ whatever that may encompass. I worked in silicon valley for many years in computer technology sales and Microsoft was diligent to keep their vendors in line with their vision.

    So, as far as outsourcing to China is concerned, this is something that had its roots and beginnings way back when, and you cannot judge the decision on the fact that today America is hurting because the government has driven manufacturing offshore to achieve maximum profitability for their investors.

    Now, having come full circle, I agree that American companies should consider the wisdom of sacrificing some profits to rebuilding American soundness and providing American families with a path to prosperity and success. Bring manufacturing back onshore and give up some profit so America can be strong.

    One of the biggest problems with doing away with Mom and Pop or Local businesses is that care and concern and personal relationships are lost. So conglomerates can deal clinically with destruction of peoples lives, insulated by distance and non personal relationships.

    1. Danny Vice says:

      That’s a noble goal – but it’s unrealistic since world economies are so tied together at the hip, they are forced to compete with one another.

      Especially when you’re competing with countries who have almost NO human or workers rights laws in place…. minimum wage laws, union bosses, OSHA standards and other cost raising components to deal with.

      Now some political leaders want to implement things like Cap And Trade and other similar programs to raise our costs even more…

      So there are some things we cannot help – but there are many other things we can… and I’m afraid we are failing at changing those things we CAN improve

      1. x says:

        american software engineers have been committing suicide. nobody cares.

        gates is so rich, but the greed is never enough, jobs robbed from americans, gates went before congress to push h1b and outsourcing. of course the gates foundation gives because it is a tax break.

        microsoft and other such global corps should loose it’s american citizenship and be incorporated in china since they refuses to hire americans. that means no bail outs on american taxes, no american tax breaks, etc. these are foreign corporations. america is owned by foreign interests the people enslaved in the chains of poverty and debt.

      2. davec says:

        they WERE tied at the hip. Those days have ended. Or are about to

        DEATH TO THE NWO

    2. Spartacus says:

      Tariffs!
      The Feds used to get by on Import Tariffs and no Inc. Tax.
      This changed in 1913. Now the Corporation if favored over the citizen by the tax code and lack of Tariffs.
      13 is definitely an unlucky number. Americans were enslaved that year. Another ’13’ is 1 year away.

  20. Sean patriot says:

    Um…. Go ahead, because there is 600 Million or so waiting to replace you.

  21. Splat says:

    Let’em commit suicide.

    Then, once they’re dead, they can move to America and vote Democrat.

  22. Wendy Weinbaum says:

    As a Jewess in the US, I can only say that atrocities like this are but one more reason why all REAL Americans now put our 2nd Amendment FIRST!! Remember that America wasn’t won with a registered gun!

    1. Spartacus says:

      Amen, Sister!

  23. walter12 says:

    The company should call their bluff and see what happens. Remember, this is their way in China. It is an ancient Chinese trick and goes back to the Third Dynasty.

    1. x says:

      go jump in a lake.

  24. frank marshall davis says:

    nxt yr,if they occupy long enuf, XinXu Soeterobama could summon them to his new cabinet transparent summit commitee , bow, pay them off in closed chambers and madam valerie and excellency michelle could club em and pocket the fallen cash for the childrens education and nutrition….or not,maybe barrbam will be McDougaled while on Vacation from indictment/warrant

    1. frank marshall davis says:

      …yeah, and then the trial could be held as if he were Present and transcripts read from teleprompter, broadcast on chinas nbc in spanish and arabic.

  25. just me says:

    Behind the scenes Management at Foxconn said:

    Ok we don’t want you to jump But if we can get 75 of you to do it, that will compensate for a raise to the other 225.

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  26. fncee says:

    American companies can’t compete using American labor, so jobs get sent elsewhere … Americans want to buy things made in China and elsewhere because of the competitive price … so China creates and makes those things Americans buy … GE moves its X-ray unit out of the country as we comment … it really isn’t very complicated … but it is sadly regrettable and tens of millions of Americans are out of work or under-employed and many are losing savings and homes … way too much debt, expensive government programs and employees are a major cause … huge failures to control spending, wages and benefits are a part of the corrupt political root system which nourishes the wilting flower which was once the U.S.

    1. greg hauenstein says:

      So if we are loosing jobs why do we tolerate “unions” of public service workers? Don’t we have enough debt already? Why are we going along with Obama increasing the pay of federal employees? Maybe we should be closing down federal agencies that are cranking out “laws” without bothering to have the congress vote on them. Who elected these bureaucrats???

  27. GlockG20 says:

    Well… if they throw themselves from their Wuhan plant and there are 300 of them, that resolves the issue of pay for Microsoft.

  28. sKiPpY says:

    Oh Golly! This evil republican “China Jasmine Revolution” is trying to hurt the wonderful Hope and Change our Dear Leader has brought to the world..
    Cant we all just have a smoothy and go on another taxpayer, er, government funded Vacation?
    Then everyone will have a big group hug and all will be nice again.

  29. Vince says:

    Baloney. Microsoft has been getting away with using practically slave labor for years. Imagine how bad things are at the China supply factory if hundreds of factory workers are threatening to commit suicide. What can be worse than that?

    1. Spanky says:

      “Imagine how bad things are at the China supply factory if hundreds of factory workers are threatening to commit suicide. What can be worse than that?”

      Or maybe they’ve just learned that histrionics works.

  30. sailordude says:

    Where is the Occupy China movement at?

    1. StJames888 says:

      Buried under a tank in Tienamen Square; they tried that occupy thing in 1990 and the ChiCom Gov Reponded by shooting all the protesters they couldn’t run over with a tank…..

      1. David Emerson Powell says:

        Right you are, and we still gave them Most Favored Nation trade status, and keep doing it. Given that, the taxes China puts on our goods, including cars, and how they treat their workers, is there any wonder it is news when you walk in a Wal Mart or Harbor Freight Tool shop and find something made in any other country, much less the USA? The factory could be moved to Taiwan or somewhere else for better conditions, not even mentioning the USA. In “the day” back in the 1980s Japan, South Korea and Taiwan were the big spots. All allies of the USA.

    2. Hans says:

      >Hi Kim. I do not have access to the stats’ to rtedcily answer your question, but I do know that low-cost gyms are having success in attracting first-time gym users. They are definitely gym novices, but may not be new to exercise.In terms of low-cost members purchasing personal trainers, I was quite surprised by what some members were telling me during the interview part of my report. Some were using the ‘saving’ in the low monthly membership fee to ‘invest’ in personal training. They were re-distributing how they chose to spend the gym-related charges.unkin

  31. meisterschaft says:

    …..its called natural selection.

  32. Spanky says:

    It would be so much better if these people had no jobs at all….

  33. Spanky says:

    Maybe the president of China should just have the workers in to his estate for a beer and crack summit, just like Barry.

  34. learn to spell says:

    Wow it is very difficult to read a lot ot these posts because the spelling is so bad. I have no idea what they are even trying to say. My 10 year old can spell better than most of you. Bad spelling definitely shows a lack of intelligence so whatever it is you are tying to say really doesn’t mean anything anyway.

    1. thats gotta hurt says:

      “tying” to say?

      pot…kettle…black

  35. Red Ring says:

    Many XBOX users can relate…

  36. Doni609 says:

    Too bad our union stooges don’t take the same path. Why negotiate when you can just say no and have the idiots head for the roof. Hell, I’d build a special elevator for Trumka and his pathetic following to get up there……and sorry folks, no nets. Of course that fat-ass piece of excrement would only have his ‘sheep’ leap while he stood back and watched.

  37. VOTESMART says:

    Let’s hope that everyone who is READING this News ARTICLE…. And have voiced their Concern about OUR Govt.. Choose to Vote Wisely next time we pick a President.. This guy in the White House now,IS Against Business..and each and everyone of us..Depend On Business to Supply OUR JOBS! (the only biz Barack cares about is UNION BUSINESS)

  38. bertdorf says:

    No mention in the article how much they’re paid… I bet they’re willing to kill themselves for $10 a day… sad… yup… that’s what awaits us here under Obama’s dictatorship…

  39. Fred Lopez says:

    jump, jump, jump

  40. Mikeinsjc says:

    People may bad-mouth microsoft, but they won’t bad-mouth Apple, who does exactly the same thing. This is because they all have ipods, ipads, iphones, and are eagerly awaiting the next useless Apple gadget which they will probably stand in line all night at the Apple store to buy. Hypocrites.

    1. len says:

      I bad mouth Apple all the time and I’m not sure why Apple wasn’t mentioned in the headline because FoxConn also manufactures Apple products and I believe the Chinese workers were being paid 50 cents an hour last I heard.

      1. somewhereinus says:

        But do you think Americans will boycott the products until they get their priorities straight? Oh, hell no! They don’t care if their mother’s heart explodes trying to work those hours and at those wages by golly, they want their new toy and they want it NOW! There is a correction coming all right, and I don’t think many people are going to go without being corrected big time. Karma has a way of smacking you right in the kisser when you least expect it. I am here to tell you, EXPECT IT. But of course you will all laugh it off. Okay then, fine with me😉

    2. Matt Rooney says:

      Dude, how about we not make this about validating your personal buying choices?

  41. Mark of the wild West says:

    YOU think its the 1%? Government pension fund investments have backed this outsourced wage slave culture with trillions of tax payer dollars… We get no jobs here in the States and the Chinese get slavery….

    Its way past time to stop Government investment… It’s killing our country!!!!!

  42. James Woods says:

    Keep buying the garbage and looking up to these companies.

    We’re probably all guilty to an extent owning these electronics but the real change needs to happen over here.

  43. Tech says:

    China is gping to dominate the world and my sister in law who is Han Chinese told me that 35 years ago. I didn’t listen but it’s true. Back in the early 70’s David Rockefeller opened up Communist China using Kissenger with the goal in mind of controlling the global economy and he does with his buddies. All our real economy has left! Global race to the bottom for people and don’t think whatever you do can’t be done at 1/10th the cost in Asia. Workers are just a commodity to the bankers to be had at the lowest cost so unless you stand up together in UNION you will be be begging for the crumbs they might toss down period. America and other countries are gone bankers run this including China. Good luck, they are globalists your vote is a joke no matter what party wins. Only thing I do know is oil and markets to beat them. Stocks trade globally and follow the direction of oil prices. Diollar is backed by oil and the troops keep it that way for now-for global oil companies. Trade technically and watch that oil price the money is going to be replaced and markets killed and some horrible controlled corporate world system set up. You are nothing to them, worms and I met one of these idiots-seventh most powerful man on earth, Bilderberger-they just don’t understand regular people and they don’t care.

    1. Spartacus says:

      Free Trade is a Fraud.
      China protects their markets.

    2. techreply says:

      Umm you know we have laws here against that type of explotation and china really doesnt right? This is a human rights issue, not a worker rights. Go back to fluffing Jimmy Hoffa JR you robot.

    3. Ozlanthos says:

      Don’t worry about it. Within the next decade, (barring an energy discovery that would eliminate the need for oil in that time) China’s production power-house will collapse under it’s own weight. We consume a very high percentage of their production out-put. They have to ship those products half-way around the planet to get them to market here. When oil shoots up like those who’ve watched “Collapse” know it will, the gravy train will end, production over-seas will become cost-prohibitive, and we’ll go back to being a production power-house here!

      -Oz

  44. AZWalt says:

    If you are going to blame Microsoft, you also have to blame Apple! Guess where Apple’s electronics are Made, . . . China in the same sweat shop factories.

  45. howard steinski says:

    As those workers go flying through the air, one thought courses thru their minds: “WAIT A SEC. This is NOT how the movie ends.”

  46. Ryan Mouk says:

    Not really sure why this is news. If you want to jump, guess what, I am almost 99.9% confident that nobody in this country cares.

  47. Patrick Thomas says:

    Bill Gates is too busy spreading the vaccines around the globe than to give these poor souls a few pennies more.

    I guess if they all commit suicide, that will help him reach his (and THEIR) goal of reducing the earth’s population by 15%.

    1. Ozlanthos says:

      Actually I’m pretty sure it’s the other way around…They want to reduce the population to 15% of what it is now!

      -Oz

      1. Ravindersandhu says:

        I got a lot of Indian fnireds here. Most of them think about money and prestige, they have no love for other things. They’re smart though, and so laid-back. Some of them, however, are unbelievably artsy and symbolic. But yeah, they’re a rising Nation. In addition to Bollywood and Software Development, they’ve recently ventured into automobile (Tata Nano, the cheapest car in the world) as well. As for Americans, I don’t know why they’re called open-minded, liberal, and immoral. There’s a lot of bigotry here, labeling, and prostitution is also illegal. I think people just watch too many movies. That’s all.

  48. joey says:

    Hey im looking for a guy named chang wang in china. Its like looking for a needle di ck in a haystack

  49. New York Nick says:

    “said they would throw themselves from their Wuhan, China, plant if demands for lost wages were not met”

    Enjoy the fall.

  50. Jim M says:

    Anyone who would resort to suicide, should.

    1. ditchdigger2 says:

      They don’t have access to firearms, how could this be? Gunpowder was practical about 600 yrs. ago. There was no human violence pryor to that, right?

    2. Ozlanthos says:

      Wow, if you only had half a clue! It’s easy to say that here. If you don’t like a job, you can leave and find another. But what if the same kind of nepotism that can get you a job here, can keep you from getting one ANYWHERE over there? What if your society was set up so that your choice is live at a fab 6 days a week and get paid .15 an hour, or not have a job? These suicide threats aren’t meant to attempt to garner sympathy from the employers. If the employers knew what sympathy was, suicide threats wouldn’t be necessary! The only reason they are threatening to commit suicide is that the loss of production (due to the loss of a trained worker, and having to train his replacement) would be so high, that paying them monies already promised will become a cost-effective alternative.

      -Oz

  51. coolvette says:

    Confucius say, man who stand on toilet while peeing, high on pot.

  52. Dot Calm says:

    I can understand their feelings. I felt that way about Microsoft Vista.

  53. Bob says:

    So Apple, Dell and Nintendo manufacture products using (what is in effect) slave labor.

  54. ditchdigger2 says:

    Their going to commit sucide in China, beat the Gov. to it? News?

  55. William Baranowski says:

    1. Bring in the dump trucks.
    2. Bring in the next bunch.

  56. Earl Eakin says:

    The USA needs to stop busting its unions and instead build them into powerhouses and export them to China.

  57. BrocinChina says:

    I live in China. Across from my apartment is a building that houses workers in Shenzhen’s Bao Shui Qu, Free Trade Zone district, bars were installed on all balconies from the second floor up, claiming it is part of the “new look”.

  58. Real Rick says:

    Like the Chinese cares? They’d be happy to have LOTS of suicides since they have so many useless workers.

  59. stoptouchingthatmabel says:

    Why isn’t occupy wall street in front of Microsoft’s corporate headquarters, no need to answer they are too busy playing computer games.

  60. Sean says:

    It is slave labor which Microsoft, Apple, Dell, etc all use. Why aren’t they being made in the USA? Because here YOU HAVE TO PAY A LIVING WAGE. IF YOU BUY ANY OF THESE COMPANIES PRODUCTS YOU ARE ENCOURAGING SLAVERY. END OF DISCUSSION. If they were so concerned they would pay a living wage, which they won’t. You my friends are the problem, not business, not China, you because you keep buying the stuff.

  61. larry croft says:

    I would never have believe in suicide for these kinds of reasons. No doubt just tough talk.

  62. x2 says:

    one factor that should be pushed into this quagmire is the difference between these two cultures. It wouldn’t be far from reality to say that one culture is so programmed to over-indulge on almost anything and by effect goes into spending beyond their means which is basically being wasteful. And on the other hand a culture that is so deprived that given a chance to have something would cherish what meager crumbs that fall their way. Reflect on this and a lot of meaning and logical answer for a solution can be thought of.

    1. x2isdumb says:

      Hmm I have and you are correct. Mine eyes have been open, we should hate ourselves and immerse in total communist control.

      THanks, your the best. Moron.

      It wouldnt be to far to say that you have grossly oversimplified the issue in the name of making the progressive agenda seem more palatable. But im just saying…

  63. Joev says:

    “…while some plants required workers to sign contracts stating that they wouldn’t kill themselves.””
    ************************************************************************************************

    And if they do they will be punished to the fullest extent of the law…oh wait…

    1. Bouli says:

      what does that means you make it like eihtopia won a world cup that team is eihtopia foot ball federation seporting more than our national team { this news is just madness when i read it i am think in { birtukan mideksa ) she going out of prison

    2. Luana says:

      I live in Fairfield , CA. that is the Northren part. I live in Northren CA inland area with some ocean ulnfience, summer days are hot between 90 to 103F & winter days between 40 to 50 F.After reading where you are all from I’m not sure I picked the right color. Does any of that sound like wear any of you live?

  64. Davegas says:

    A great way to bring jobs back to the USA. Good effen bye.

  65. Jeffrey M. Scott says:

    Now here’s a new bargining tactic for the UAW and other unions that I can agree with!

  66. Walter says:

    In Communist China, the individual does not matter; therefore, they will simply be replaced by 300 other people who will do the work for less.

  67. Banderman says:

    Read the comments above; game over. ‘They’ have won and turned citizen against citizen. DNC = Divide ‘N Conquer.

  68. Factchecker says:

    Ronald Reagan campaigned on a North American common market(NAFTA). George H. W. Bush signed NAFTA with Mexican President Salinas and Canadian Prime Minister Mulroney.

  69. NeilATL says:

    #dosomethingnow means not buying products that are made in conditions such as this. Unfortunately we can’t satisfy our appetite for our iPhones and XBoxes

  70. NUnya says:

    Apple, Dell, Nintendo and Song.

    Ah yes, all created, ran and sold by liberal dems. Gotta love them ethics.

  71. John says:

    “Crunch all you want…we’ll make more” – China

  72. Ron Paul says:

    Americans are next to hold these Slave jobs. The U.S. Economy is imploding as is Europes.
    Americans have no jobs and soon will be forced into financial slavery just as third world countries and U.S. Corporations are exploiting the poorest on the Planet .

    Soon the Economy here will be bad enough that these Companies will be able to hire Americans at the same wages.
    $132.00 a Month, working 6 days a week and 12 hours a day with NO RIGHTS.

    While you all set and point your fingers at Occupy Walstreet and never get off your fat as’s to protest anything, your Country is being ripped apart before your vary eyes.

    Americans are Lazy and Fat and will do nothing to help their own Country.

    You have become Pathetic and a Laughing stock of the world.

    1. greg hauenstein says:

      So maybe we should do what the Chinese worker can’t, start taking down our free spending government that is turning us into a north American China. If we don’t start dismantelling this monster now maybe we will see the “bars” going up on our buildings too. We are taking our freedoms and right to vote for granted and we will NOT be rewarded for not paying attention.

  73. Larry says:

    teaisstronger is absolutely correct. Having traveled to China 3 times in the last 5 years I have observed there superior education system with no dumbing down to pander to dumbies. There is competition to get into the best schools and the best of the best are producing. Companies are not forced to hire useless humans and keep them on the payroll just because of their skin color. They have become truly Capitalist and kicking our butts. There armed forces are better equipt, their economy is booming, there are jobs. They have followed the old mold of America before Liberals moved in to pander to under achievers to buy votes.

  74. MrPete says:

    The assumptions people make… like the mechanic above who loves “American Made” Snap On tools.

    Guess what: they were outsourced to China starting in 2004! See page 14 of their 2004 annual report! They built their first factory in Kunshan China that year.

    It’s a global economy. US workers need to compete with workers all over the world now. Some get underpaid, just like here. But guess what: our costs here are literally 10x of costs in other places, even comparing apples to apples. I have a friend from India — middle class over there includes paying for an entire family of house helpers — cook, driver, etc. He covers 100% of their medical costs and more, treats them very well. And does it on 1/10 of what a middle class person here makes, even though over here we can’t afford such luxuries.

  75. kcsparky says:

    Three hundred take the Nestea plunge…….three hundred more are at work the next day. What do they think will change in a communist society? Nothing.

  76. Dennis L says:

    I hope that things do not work out at the plant. You can only expoit people for so long and eventually they fight back. I am hoping for total chaos over there which will teach the greedy corporations a lesson for outsourcing the jobs of the American worker to China. BUY AMERICAN..

  77. hempstead1944 says:

    Does anyone REALLY think Microsoft gives a damn?

  78. Terry Furlough says:

    I didnt like Windows 7 either.. but damned if i would throw myself off a building over it..

  79. Nate P says:

    Let me ask you this. If all of you anti-union people got your way, what happens when you get rid of unions? I promise you, if unions were outlawed, hypothetically, large corporations would take aim at the other workplace laws as well. Minimum wage, gone. Workplace and product safety standards, gutted or gone.

    I’m not sure why that’s a world people want to live in. Is that your idea of freedom? Do you know what happens when there aren’t any laws to govern those with power? You have the strong preying on the weak, or in this case, the “free”.

    Unions are important, like it or not. Workers have rights too, and if they aren’t allowed to organize, how are they supposed to exercise those rights? How does one worker stand up against a multi-billion dollar corporation? Your answer I’m sure will be something along the lines of “don’t like it, get another job”. What happens when more and more corporations start bringing back draconian workplace conditions and pay? Don’t think they will? Think again.

    It’s easy to have all the answers when you take none of the responsibility for the outcomes they bring.

  80. dooky says:

    Union Laborer to Union Leader: ..”cough* cough*…. you told them I would jump off WHAT??!!!??”

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  82. bearcat says:

    If they jump hurry up and harvest the organs.

  83. Ben Diamante says:

    They installed NETS? I guess this is their idea of workplace benefits.

  84. MarcM says:

    The fish will eat well.

  85. Jane Fulmer says:

    We need to return to a business friendly nation so that businesses like Microsoft can manage their own plants and not have to depend on corrupt immoral foreigners who cheat their workers. while denying them safe working conditions..

  86. jemimah says:

    @Should Be President: – u r a disgrace to the human race! obviously u not trying to make Heaven your home…..

  87. Joe Blough says:

    Bill Gates needs to fork over some cash to these people instead of giving so much his money to other charities.

  88. Ratt says:

    Jump Red Jump !!!!!

  89. Donald says:

    A prime example of where the US is heading if corps are allowed to rule us through crooked politicians….Ron Paul will save us!

  90. hoseA says:

    Jump! what are you yellow? oh wait…

  91. Ursus Rexx says:

    Re: “Many employees quit, but Foxconn allegedly dishonored the agreement and awarded former employees nothing…”

    If these people kill themselves, the company & government will just laugh-til-they-puke & tell the personnel dept to work overtime, also for nothing additional in their paychecks, (to recognise extra-special-effort)!

    I ALMOST wish I’d bought an x-box so I could chain-saw-it and retured it to Mr. Gate’s personal mailbox!
    BTW, Mr. Gates: Why the hell is this plant in China, anyway?

  92. BlownfuelCoupe says:

    American Union Socialists take note.

  93. J in Pasadena says:

    Just pay them the $10, they’ll leave.

  94. Paul says:

    “a crucial link in the supply chains of Apple, Dell, Nintendo and Song”

    Song? Should that perhaps be Sony?

  95. Ranger01 says:

    The Death of the 100 Chinese works means nothing to the company, or to the Chinese Government. Does it mean anything to Microsoft? Dell? or any American companies involved?

  96. NoParty says:

    If I remember correctly, the Unions were big supporters of Communistic regimes. China is a Communistic Country, but it seems that this plant doesn’t have a Union. There might be a lesson for all American Socialistically bent Union members….you too may end up an indentured slave under a powerful dictatorship…..even though you supported and helped them gain power. Just a thought.

  97. Nobodybot says:

    I really wish these companies would find a better supplier that wasn’t so damn evil.

  98. Silver Diamond says:

    “It’s rainin men-halleluja” LOL

  99. kickk says:

    This is a perfect example of how the communist version of capitalism will die on the vine.

  100. edwardo says:

    HA! they work in the basement! Now if we can only get the UAW and Sciu to do the same!

  101. Al says:

    The fact that Microsoft has been using slave labor to manufacture its products for years is no secret. How do you think Bill Gates got so rich?

  102. allen charles says:

    This is another example of the class warfare that is America these days. The investor class to increase yields and stock values with higher profits will do anything too beat last quarter so their bonuses are higher. We the American people have been fed lies about the value of globalism, but the truth is our country has lost jobs, gutted our tax structure so investors pay less than half what working Americans pay and it all adds up to the death of our empire, with before long no resources for the war culture, any kind of a safety net for our people or any future for younger workers as they enter the work force. It will eventually result in America following to path of the former Great Britain as we fall farther and farther. In 1980’s financial services was less than 20 percent of GNP, I have read report of it being as much as 43 percent, the tax rate for capitol gains under Reagan was the same as earned income or about 35 percent, today it is only 15 percent so 43 percent of our economy is tax at less than half and we can not afford to fund government, be it the contrived wars or the social programs. Our demise will come and our greatness gone and it will have been the loss of the 17 to 20 million jobs in manufacturing and the absent of taxes being paid by the top 1 percent that add little to nothing to our economy.

  103. You see…threatening suicide is a bad idea since the executives probably took out life insurance on them. And if they hadn’t, they have now.

  104. Spencer says:

    What you need to understand is that essentially all of todays economies were built on slave labour. Lets face it, in the U.S, it was not just working for “low wages” it was importing people from Africa and them working merely for food. The Chinese model could be considered slightly more humane than that. The Chinese will, quite rightly say, you got your economy and used such methods, now we want ours and we are using slightly less offensive ones. Additionaly, manufacturing is done in China, India, Malay etc because CONSUMERS WANT IT. If you want to buy American made in many cases you still can. At a premium. Who does it? Very few people. So, when push comes to shove, “people” do not practice what they preach

  105. Alexander Kellett says:

    Man you Americans always blaming the CEOs or the communists. This is how capitalism works, you buy the thing that you want to win. You bought the cheap thing, so they won.

    Get over it, take some damn responsibility, and above all, STOP IT. BUY AMERICAN.

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  107. lili says:

    These poor people. I have no idea why they have not united in mass and picked off every corrupt official there.

    Brainwashing is definitely the enemy here. If the Chinese military turned on the Chinese government they could have the good lives they need and want.

  108. Ven says:

    Thanks for the comments. Just a few pionts.Very few aggressive wars? Human beings are violent, that includes all nations. Just to limit yourself to the PRC, ask South Korea, India, Vietnam, about China’s reluctance to start wars. Not worse than most other countries, but not much better either.SWCC the best system on Earth? To be fair, there’s something ridiculous about attacks on China’s human rights records when most western intellectuals admired Mao at the time he was engaging in genocide against his own people. But if SWCC is the best system on this planet, just a few questions: Why do the rich and powerful send their kids to barbarian lands (mostly US and other anglophone nations) to study? Why do some many wealthy Chinese reportedly put so much of their money overseas (such as Canadian rule estate)? My guess is that they are afraid, to quote from an old Soviet joke, that one day the communists will come back and take everything they own from them.The article notes that Chinese decision-making may not be monolithic. But that in itself doesn’t make things better, just different (think of Japan in the 1930s). This is not a piece advocating war against China, but simply an article pointing out that there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about Beijing’s policies.

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