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January 15, 2013
Issue # 353
Tens of thousands of garment workers returned to work on Tuesday, January 7, ending a two-week pay dispute after the authorities used deadly force to quell a strike and thwart a protest seeking a redo of a July election. A union and the garment factory association estimated that 65 percent to 70 percent of workers had returned to factories. About 350,000 had gone on strike, joining an opposition party in protesting the election, which they contend was stolen by the party of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Over the weekend, the government broke up the protest and banned all public gatherings.
But this week thousands of garment workers from four factories have gone back on strike to protest a decision by their employers to withhold pay for the days they did not work during recent nationwide strikes.
Between 8,500 and 12,500 workers at four factories—two in Phnom Penh, one in Kandal and another in Kompong Cham—have gone back on strike, union representatives and workers said.
“This is the second day of strikes by workers who are demanding that the two factories [in Phnom Penh] pay them because they cut their wages 100 percent for the time they were off during the strike,” said Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers. …
According to unions, the factories where the workers have gone back on strike are refusing to pay them anything for the days they stayed away.
Cheam Sovan, a garment worker at Quality Textile in Phnom Penh, said she usually earns $140 a month, but the factory docked $18 for the days she was on strike last month. She said more than half the factory’s roughly 1,500 garment workers were now refusing to return.
“We want to negotiate with the company owner to demand that he pay all of us during the strike, but no one comes to meet us,” she said.
At Quint Major Industrial in Kandal, garment worker Yin Sam Oeun said that she and about 6,000 of her colleagues entered the factory on Tuesday and sat down at their stations but refused to do any
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Robin Ricketts-Kuhn of Minor Creations, Age 49, passed away January 11, 2014 of complications from pneumonia.
She was born September 28, 1964, in Lansing, and graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 1982. After high school, Robin attended Craig's College of Beauty. Along with working at
Minor Creations, she was the owner and operator of Twice Upon A Child and Hair Studio.
Robin coached cheerleading at Holt High School, and was involved with the cheer board and she was a booster rep.
Robin loved cooking, laughing, and traveling when she had the opportunity.
She will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.
Surviving are: her husband, Joe Kuhn; daughters, Tailor, Madison, and Mackenzie; her mother, Wanda (Ralph) Morrison; nephew, Brandon Cooper; mother-in-law, Harriet
Detrick. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Ricketts; sister, Barbara Ricketts; sister-in-law, Cheryl
Kuhn-Merlington; father-in-law, Jerry Kuhn, and a host of special friends.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2014, at Cedar Street Church, 1705 Cedar Street, in Holt, with Pastor Bob Carpenter, Jr. officiating. Robin's family will receive friends at the
Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, as well as one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bobbi Jo London, to be used for Robin's daughters' education.
Daisy Corsets Releases New Top Drawer
Daisy Corsets releases their new Top Drawer costume collection at Houston Halloween Expo.
2014 is set to be a big year for Daisy Corsets. After the successful launch of their new Top Drawer collection, featuring fully steel boned corsets, the company has decided to expand its top selling costume line to include a new collection of Top Drawer costumes, all featuring steel boned corsets. The collection will feature over 20 new costume styles including fairytale costumes, superheroes, angels, devils, cops and nurses.
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The cost of importing cotton into China this year will be only slightly higher, after Beijing adjusted its formula for calculating tariffs, but some traders said this would not clarify uncertainty over demand.
The official announcement confirmed changes leaked in a report by industry website cncotton.com. The news sent prices on U.S. futures exchange ICE up to a seven-week high as traders saw the details as confirmation that Beijing will continue to issue import quotas.
China's finance ministry said it will raise the benchmark for its sliding scale tariffs from 14,000 yuan per
ton in 2013 to 15,000 yuan ($2,500) in 2014.
At this price, a fixed duty of 570 yuan per ton will be applied. For fiber
valued at less than 15,000 yuan per ton, the duties will be calculated according to a sliding scale formula, also modified from last year.
Beijing allows 894,000 tons of cotton imports at a duty of 1 percent under commitments to the World Trade
Organization, known as tariff-rate quotas (TRQ). It also typically allows for several hundred thousand
tons of imported fiber at a sliding tariff rate of between 5 and 40 percent.
However, there have been concerns that Beijing would limit its non-TRQ import quotas this year as it seeks to sell off millions of
tons of fiber stockpiled in domestic reserves.
Stockpiling by China has pushed up domestic prices and stoked imports of cheaper cotton. But Beijing is under pressure to reduce its stocks, now around 10 million
tons after three years of hoarding fiber.
The combined impact of the higher benchmark price and adjusted formula for the sliding scale tariffs will make imported cotton on average about 200-300 yuan more expensive per
ton, said industry participants.
Soma Intimates: Helping Support Women in Need
Intimate Apparel Retailer Launches Its Next Giving is Beautiful™ Soma Bra Donation
Soma Intimates announces its next Giving is Beautiful™ Soma Bra Donation. The nationwide charitable initiative to collect bras for women in need is the largest of its kind. With more than 600,000 bras collected to date, the scale and scope of the project is a testament to Soma Intimates and the Soma customer's dedication to making a difference in women's lives. Now through February 17, 2014, the company will accept both new and gently worn bras at all Soma boutiques across the country.
"Our passion and commitment to this initiative is stronger than ever," states Laurie Van Brunt, Soma president. "Our boutiques and customers share that passion, and enthusiastically contribute their time, money and bras to help women in need restore their lives. It's our ultimate goal that no woman has to choose between buying a bra and putting food on the table."
The Soma Bra Donation initiative is national in scope but local in nature -- directly impacting communities where the bras are donated. Each of Soma Intimates' 250 boutiques and outlets will work with its community's women's shelter to help local women in need.
To help raise awareness about domestic violence, Soma will once again partner with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). The NNEDV is the leading voice for survivors of domestic violence. Representing over 2,000 shelter programs across 56 state and territory coalitions throughout the United States, the NNEDV continues to be a vital partner to help spread the word and make a difference in women's lives.
"Soma Intimates is making a real difference in the lives of domestic violence victims, who often arrive at a shelter with their children and nothing more than the clothes they are wearing," says Kim Gandy, President of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). "Undergarments are often difficult items to obtain for survivors, and the shelters really appreciate donations of new bras to help women who are trying to start over. The fact that Soma Intimates is partnering their boutiques with local domestic violence shelters will help raise awareness in local communities, raise badly needed funds, and help victims find safety and rebuild their lives."
First launched in July 2010, this marks the eighth biannual Soma Bra Donation initiative for Soma Intimates. To date, Soma has collected more than 600,000 bras to help provide for the more than 4 million women in the U.S. who stay in domestic violence shelters each year.
"Thanks to our partnership with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, new and gently worn bras are distributed to domestic violence shelters in our customers' local communities. Our goal this year is to reach a million bras collected, because that translates to a million women feeling confident and beautiful, from the inside out," says Van Brunt. "And every woman deserves to feel that way."
Every bra has a story and participants can view these stories on the Soma Bra Donation landing page at
www.soma.com/givebras. This online experience allows visitors to read a number of touching stories about how our 618,120 donated bras have changed women's lives across the country, plus offers information about the NNEDV, how to donate bras, and where to find Soma boutiques nationwide.
For more information about the Giving is Beautiful™ Soma Bra Donation, please visit
www.soma.com/givebras or contact Melanie Cohen-Nathan:
(212) 524-6323 or Kristin McClement: email@example.com, (239) 346-4870.
About Soma Intimates:
Soma Intimates, a division of Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS), offers beautiful and sensual lingerie, loungewear and beauty products. Home of the warmest personal service, Soma embraces women with luxuriously soft fabrics, innovative fashion and an always perfect fit. As of January 9, 2014, Soma Intimates will operate 250 boutiques and outlets across the country as well as a website at
About the National Network to End Domestic Violence: NNEDV, a nonprofit tax-deductible organization, is a leading voice for domestic violence victims and their advocates. NNEDV members include the 56 statewide and territorial coalitions against domestic violence and many individuals who support the mission. NNEDV has been a premier national organization advancing the movement against domestic violence for nearly 20 years, having led efforts among domestic violence victim advocates and survivors to pass the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994. To learn more about NNEDV, please visit
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Macy's to cut 2,500 jobs
Macy's shares climbed more than 7 percent in premarket trading Thursday after the company announced it plans
to lay off about 2,500 employees and close some stores as part of a cost reduction plan.
The retailer said it will combine its Midwest and North regions and reallocate within its regional divisions to
streamline its operations.
Five stores are expected to be closed in the spring.
Stores in Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, New York and Utah will close in the spring.
But eight new and replacement Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores are in the works.
When the dust settles, Macy’s – which has corporate offices in New York and Cincinnati – will have 844
stores in its system. It expects the moves to save it about $100 million a year.
It is cutting front-end employees at some stores,
although it did not specify where or how many. It will also reduce staff behind the scenes, including
some merchandise planning positions and central office roles.
Beyond the 2,500 that are expected to be laid off, other associates will be given extra duties or
transferred, Macy's said. Some open positions will not be filled.
Macy's said it will keep hiring employees in its online operations, direct-to-consumer fulfillment outfit and
new stores. The company has 175,000 associates.
The retailer’s chief executive, Terry J. Lundgren, said Wednesday that consumers gave it a “vote of confidence”
during the holiday season, “even in a questionable macroeconomic environment with challenging weather in
In November and December, so-called same-store sales, those at stores open more than a year, ticked up 3.6
percent, or 4.3 percent when departments licensed to third parties were included.
The company said it is reaffirming its full-year 2013
projection for earnings of $3.80 to $3.90 a share. But it adjusted its predictions for the second half of last
year, saying that same-store sales would rise 2.8 percent or 2.9 percent instead of 2.5 percent to 4
In the fourth quarter, that means a 2.3 percent to 2.5 percent upswing is likely, the company said.
For this year, Macy’s said it expects same-store sales to rise 2.5 percent to 3 percent, with earnings of
$4.40 to $4.50 a share.
The guy approached a beautiful looking woman in a mall and asked, "You know, I've lost my wife here in the mall. Can you talk to me for a couple of minutes?"
"Why?" she asks.
"Because every time I talk to a beautiful woman, my wife appears out of nowhere."
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