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StarKist Cannery laying off 600+ people in American Samoa
« on: May 17, 2010, 02:38:46 PM »

StarKist laying off 600 to 800 people in American Samoa

American Samoa's last remaining tuna cannery says it's cutting its work force by another 600-800 people to keep up with global competition.

StarKist Co. says this will shrink its American Samoa work force to fewer than 1,200 employees, down from a high of more than 3,000 in 2008.

StarKist CEO Don Binotto said Thursday it's difficult to compete when workers' wages are nearly 10 times those of its competitors in Thailand and other countries.

The Pacific territory's tuna industry has been hit hard by a 2007 federal law mandating the same minimum wage laws that apply to the 50 states.

Chicken of the Sea closed its cannery in September, citing the minimum wage law.



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Re: StarKist Cannery laying off 600+ people in American Samoa
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2011, 01:06:12 PM »
I really empathize with the workers, who have lost their means of livelihood. It just brings to light as to how the state of the economy is continuing to slip Maumau pe ana talafeagai le tau o le soifuaga ma totogi o tagata faigaluega.
Above all, be TRUE to yourself, and if you cannot put your HEART in it, take yourself out of it. " <

 


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