UNICOR Exposé: Fed. Gov runs Slave Labor Prison Ind. Complex! Why pay $9/hr when you can kill it at $0.23/hr?Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:14
Emily Jane Fox
August 14, 2012
Just hearing the word Unicor is enough to make Kurt Wilson see red.
Unicor is a government-run enterprise that employs over 13,000 inmates — at wages as low as 23 cents an hour — to make goods for the Pentagon and other federal agencies.
Wilson has been competing with Unicor for 20 years. He’s an executive at American Apparel Inc., an Alabama company that makes military uniforms. (It is not affiliated with the international retailer of the same name.) He has gone head-to-head with Unicor on just about every product his company makes — and said he has laid off 150 people over the years as a result.
“We pay employees $9 on average,” Wilson said. “They get full medical insurance, 401(k) plans and paid vacation. Yet we’re competing against a federal program that doesn’t pay any of that.”
MORE reason why the Ruling Class wants to make 'criminals' out of every single one of us: more CopperTops for their Corporatist Plantations.
Huh? Here I thought the 'caring' liberals wanted 'living-wage' minimum wage laws, across the board, except when they don't. As usual, UNICOR is another vestige of FDR's fascist 'progressive' New Deal programs.
And the following is why RINOs remain in power:
In Olive Hill, Ky., apparel factory Ashland Sales and Service, Co. has been making windbreakers for the Air Force for 14 years, says Michael Mansh, who runs the factory. Last February, when he learned that Unicor was eyeing the contract, he reached out to Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell.
McConnell, one of the top Republicans on Capitol Hill, issued a public statement urging Unicor to back off. The next day, it did.