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Sewing station chair

Sewing station chair

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Description
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Object Name
Chair
date made
1974 - 1995
Measurements
overall: 33 1/2 in x 17 1/4 in x 20 in; 85.09 cm x 43.815 cm x 50.8 cm
ID Number
1996.0292.29b
catalog number
1996.0292.29b
accession number
1996.0292
Credit Line
State of California. Department of Industrial Relations. Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Work
Sweatshops
El Monte
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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