SWEATSHOP STATS

WASHINGTON — The disparity between federal and state Labor Department investigations of New York’s garment industry has caused some confusion over whether conditions have improved or not.
Federal officials recovered $1.05 million in back wages for 1,821 garment workers in New York in fiscal 2001. Labor officials randomly investigated 67 shops. Meanwhile, New York state officials assessed back wages owed in 2001 at $1.58 million. Labor officials investigated 1,357 contracting shops in 2001 versus 1,247 in 2000.
In California, Labor officials assessed $3 million in penalties against 1,180 contracting shops in 2001 versus $1.46 million in penalties against 972 shops in 2000. Here are the results of the most recent sweatshop surveys:

U.S. Department Of Labor — New York City

1999
Minimum-wage compliance: 69%
Overtime compliance 39%
Record-keeping compliance 56%
Overall compliance 35%

2001
Minimum-wage compliance: 87%
Overtime compliance 52%
Record-keeping compliance 36%
Overall compliance 52%

New York State Labor Department’s Apparel Industry Task Force

2000
Minimum-wage violations 258
Underpayments $361,646
Records violations 614
Child Labor violations 25
Registration violations 634
Homework violations 21

2001
Minimum-wage violations 259
Underpayments $353,423
Records violations 761
Child Labor violations 21
Registration violations 554
Homework violations 9

California’s Labor Standards Enforcement Division

2000
Minimum-wage violations 20
Overtime violations 5
Child Labor violations 14
Cash Pay violations 71

2001
Minimum-wage violations 27
Overtime violations 38
Child Labor violations 4
Cash Pay violations 102

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