Posted 6 years ago on Jan. 24, 2012, 12:49 a.m. EST by OldCrow
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By CHARLES DUHIGG and KEITH BRADSHER
updated 1/22/2012 1:32:38 PM ET Why Apple says it can't build an iPhone in the US It's not just about cheap labor — flexibility in staffing, supply chains and reconfiguring factories matter When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley’s top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president. But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke, President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own: what would it take to make iPhones in the United States? Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, few are. Almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year were manufactured overseas. Why can’t that work come home? Mr. Obama asked.
Mr. Jobs’s reply was unambiguous. “Those jobs aren’t coming back,” he said, according to another dinner guest.
"…A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day…."
Foxconn Employees Threaten Mass Suicide
...Suicide at Foxconn has been a serious problem in the past. At least 14 Foxconn workers in plants in the Chinese cities of Shenzen and Chengdu have taken their own lives since a string of worker suicides began in early 2010. And this past May, a large explosion at the Chengdu plant killed three people and wounded more than a dozen. Such incidents have shined the spotlight on harsh working conditions within the company. According to the watchdog group Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, which traveled to two of Foxconn's factories to interview workers, conditions at several of the company’s China facilities are unsafe, military-like, and drive workers to despair and suicide….