Samsung and Apple workers rise up to fight cancerous conditions

Along with advocacy groups, the workers are demanding that companies like Samsung and Apple address dangerous plant conditions they claim are leading workers to develop deadly blood cancers, occupational leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

So far, there have been more than 100 cases of workers developing these cancers during or after their time at the plants.

The problems seem to be arising on semiconductor production lines, where workers sterilize materials for smart phones and LCD screens with a mixture of dangerous chemicals. Workers come in close, repeated contact with benzene and trichloroethylene, known to cause the types of blood cancers popping up at the plants.

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From the smoke-smudged factories and rail lines of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, your Guide to the Northeast Chris Giuliano checks in for Field Assignment #10 - Products and Manufacturing/Industry:

Some of these factories and railroads are still in use, some are not. Most of these photos were taken in Pennsylvania, with the exception of two in NJ and NY. The northeast used to be an area abounding in industrial wealth and overflowing with jobs. However, with the United States’ transition from a manufacturing economy to a service economy over the last 40 or so years (which happened just as quickly as the transition to a manufacturing economy), numberless warehouses and factories have closed their doors and shuttered their windows. In spite of this, there is still an abundance of heavy industry in the northeast, whether it be the massive gas refineries of Philadelphia and New Jersey, or the coal mines and quarries of central and western Pennsylvania. I hope that these photos can begin to connect the dots between the industry of yesteryear and that of the present day. They attempt to tell the story of the factories and railroads, as well as the carriers of industry themselves (Norfolk Southern and CSX trains), which changed the face of America during the late 19th century and which continue to drive America onward today.

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Chris Giuliano is a photographer and student living in the NY/NJ/PA region. Traveling throughout these states, and often to other places as well, he is able to see and capture a wide variety of life, and hopes to portray the way he sees the world to other people through his photographs. Follow on his blog, chrisgphoto.wordpress.com, and his website, chrisgiuliano.com.

[Houses and factories] (LOC) by The Library of Congress on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
[Houses and factories]

[between 1941 and 1942]

1 slide : color.

Title devised by Library staff.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

United States

Format: Slides—Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection t 11671-30 missing since 1981 (DLC) 93845501

General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a34407

Call Number: LC-USF35-509


McLaren Factories

In 1964 and 1965 McLaren were based in New Malden, then in late 1965 they moved to Feltham before settling on premises in Colnbrook in 1970.

From there, their next step was Boundary Road, Woking in 1981 for a short while and then at some point in the 80’s they moved to Woking Business Park, Albert Road. They finally moved to the MTC in 2004.

Death Traps: The Bangladesh Factory Disaster

Some American companies are using unsafe Bangladeshi factories to produce their clothes, where factory collapses and fires have lead to the horrific deaths of hundreds of factory workers. Here, Sarah Stillman talks to Kalpona Akter, a former garment worker who’s trying to raise awareness: http://nyr.kr/YmJJaH


Waalhaven by Bart van Damme on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Waalhaven Oostzijde, Rotterdam port and industrial area, South Holland, The Netherlands.

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