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According to San Francisco's Chinese Progressive Association, over 900 laid-off garment workers sought their services in 2004.46 The Free Trade Adjustment Act was to provide unemployment and benefits job training to dislocated workers due to outsourcing. [...] it would seem that the industry in Los Angeles was successful only because conditions there enabled manufacturers to take steps backward in labor relations and working conditions, the long-range effects of which on American society have yet to be analyzed and evaluated.48 Whether this will prove to be a permanent solution, however, depends a lot on political and economic developments in the region.
Guilds, Unions, and Garment Factories Notes on Chinese in the Apparel Industry Him Mark Lai and Russell Jeung This volume of Chinese America: History & Perspectives If tailors and seamstresses were included, the total num- includes several essays on Chinese labor guilds, labor unions, and ber in the needle trades appeared to be no more than 2,000.4 the apparel industry. The following write-up is intended to provide By this time Chinese were sewing most of the ready-made relevant background information to better help the reader under-
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