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News :: Labor
Inkadinkado Drops Workers Cold
22 Sep 2004
Inkadinkado is a company that makes cutesy rubber stamps and stationary, but when it comes to their own hard-working staff their actions are far from adorable. The company, located in Woburn and owned by Dimension Acquisitions LLC, has announced its plan to move to Pennsylvania on Sept. 1st. Full-time workers, many of them Chinese immigrants, were told that they will lose their jobs without severance pay, despite the fact that many have worked for Inkadinkado for almost 20 years, still earning only $8 or $9 an hour.
Inkadinkado has been cutting costs and imposing more burdens on their workers for over a decade. In 1992, when the company moved from the South Station area to Woburn, many of their Chinese workers who were living in Boston stood loyally by their company and began making the half hour commute to Woburn, even taking a vacation cutback. Shortly afterwards, coffee breaks were eliminated. Recently janitorial services were cutback and cockroaches moved in, forcing inkadinkado workers to keep the facility clean and in compliance with government and health safety codes. Now, after squeezing every penny out of their workers for years, Inkadinkado is honoring their long service with nil, ziltch, nothing, just a pink slip and a ‘see ya later.’

Severance pay is not required by law, but it had become practice in many industries due to its inclusion in union contracts. Now that labor unions are backsliding in the face of perpetually aggressive bosses and increasingly complicit state and federal governments this practice is becoming less and less common, leaving workers who are laid-off in very vulnerable situations.

The full-time employees of Inkadinkado are organizing with the help of Mass Global Action and the Chinese Progressive Association in order to push for three demands. They are asking for severance pay in the amount of two weeks of their normal earnings for each year they have worked, three months of continued health insurance, and a public explanation to the people of Woburn and Massachusetts of why they are closing the factory and moving to Pennsylvania.

For more information contact the Chinese Progressive Association Workers Center at 617-357-4499 or email at Karen (at) cpaboston.org

You can also call Inkadinkado directly (and mention it if you have bought their products in the past) at 781-938-6100 or fax 781-938-5585. Ask that they pay their workers severance and full three months of health benefit.
See also:
http://www.cpaboston.org/

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Where's Romney?
22 Sep 2004
Another company fleeing Taxachusetts? How come that doesn't surprise me?
Inkadinado is a shit bag company. Like so many others. Profit first. Employees second.
Until all of us wise up? Companies and Corporations will use and abuse us. Anyone remember the phrase: United We Stand?
Unionizing all jobs will stop this nonsense. (If 90% of all jobs were unionized? We'd have power unbeleivable!)
Vote to rid our country of treasonists. Bush and Romney!
Re: Inkadinkado Drops Workers Cold
24 Sep 2004
Let me call the waaaaaaambulance.

You're complaining that they are moving to Pennsylvania? WTF? It's not like they're outsourcing a factory to be staffed by starving 8 year olds in loinclothes.

Some people here lose jobs. Some people in Pennsylvania gain jobs. Who the hell cares?
Re: Inkadinkado Drops Workers Cold
26 Sep 2004
pennsylvanian: you obviously missed the point. If you worked for a company for 20 years and one day were told to beat it with no compensation for any of your loyality to that company, I wonder if you'd be singing the same tune. It's not about regionality, though that's important, it's about treatment of individuals in a workforce. You probably think free-trade zones are "at least giving jobs to people who didn't have them before"... wake up fool.
Re: Inkadinkado Drops Workers Cold
29 Sep 2004
" If you worked for a company for 20 years and one day were told to beat it with no compensation for any of your loyality to that company, I wonder if you'd be singing the same tune."

Why would you be "loyal" to a company? It's just a job. It's not a fucking relationship. You work. They pay you. Loyalty stops when you cash your paycheck.

By your logic, we should be outraged when an employee leaves a job for a better one. I mean, how could they walk away from the company that so generously provided for them all those years?
Re: Inkadinkado Drops Workers Cold
02 Oct 2004
Some people actually try to make their jobs, more than just a paycheck. Your logic evokes the victim syndrome, the us against them... workers vs. management. Until workers start to empower themselves to realize they are the one's that should be making the rules of their work envirmonments, the feeling of disenfranchisement that you express will continue. Why would you be loyal to a "company"?-- you ask that as if the company is some evil entity that exists only to subjugate workers. In a model where workers have no rights, that is the case, I agree. However, my company actually values their workers, and in return I value the fact that they provide me with a decent salary and benefits. Believe me, I know I am one of the lucky ones. But, if as workers we start EXPCETING and fighting for this type of loyality from our employers, and not settling for less, than loyality can flow in both directions. From an anarchist perspective, I suppose you've got me. However, this country is still capitalistic, and getting closer to facsists place everyday. Peoples livlehoods still rely for the most part on good old fashion wage labor, which is precisly why we should get back to the point where you can connect with you job, so that its something you can take pride in. Following my logic, outrage doesn't follow when a worker leaves a job for a better one, outrage follows when an employee who has worked loyally for a company is not compensated properly for their time. If the worker chooses to leave, so be it-- the company has already been compensated by every hour that employee has produced for that company. And by the way you speak of an employee who chooses to leave for a better job somewhere else... Have you ever been to a small town that maybe has two forms of industry? these days that usually consists of a waning manufacturing industry and/or a customer service industry. how many choices do you think people really have in those situations? This argument is too complex to be boiled down in this space, but I would highly encourage you to consider that the majority of the industrialized worlds laborers fall under the direction of companies, now whether you think that is right or not is not the point- it is the reality. How then facing that situation(realizing that such organization is very difficult) can workers imporove their situations, instead of just complaining about them?
Re: Inkadinkado Drops Workers Cold
04 Oct 2004
that shit is actually sickening...
Re: Inkadinkado Drops Workers Cold
06 Oct 2004
Dimensions is not all to blame. The company started it's quick spiral when the late, cheap Ron Gelb took over. That is when all the cut backs started to happen. He is the most to blame. If only he was still alive...he would have some explaining to do. As Dimensions goes, they should have known what they were buying. We were told by Dimensions that the company would not move. They never once sent a person from HR down to talk to the employees. That's when some of the issues would have been brought up. Instead, six months later a CEO shows up with his HR lady to drop the bomb.
It's really is too deep to show everyone what really went on there. To sum it up in three easy words..."POOR BUSINESS PRACTICES"!
Thanks for nothing Ron Gelb and Dimensions!
Re: Inkadinkado Drops Workers Cold
08 Oct 2004
"Following my logic, outrage doesn't follow when a worker leaves a job for a better one, outrage follows when an employee who has worked loyally for a company is not compensated properly for their time. If the worker chooses to leave, so be it-- the company has already been compensated by every hour that employee has produced for that company."

Employment is a consensual agreement between two parties. Like you say, when an employee leaves a company, the "company has already been compensated". Identically, if a company "leaves" a worker, that worker has already been compensated.

This whole thread is basically saying "We want a free handout that we didn't negociate ahead of time."

Yes, it's nice to give someone severance pay. But unless it's in their contract, it's essentially a thank-you gift.
Re: Inkadinkado Drops Workers Cold
22 Oct 2004
I know for a fact that most of the workers are paid under the table and most are here illegally.
Dimensions should have looked closer before they bought the sweat shop. Shame on you Dimensions!
Hey Michaels and AC Moore stores think again about buying from Dimensions. Check out the labels on the stamps. If the weren't made in the sweat shop in Woburn, the were made in the sweat shops in china. Do the research!
Re: Inkadinkado Drops Workers Cold
31 Oct 2004
To the asshole production manager: Hey Bruce Armstrong I'm working at Walmart now. You always threating us that you would let us go and would have to work at Walmart....I took your advice and I get paid more, have breaks, don't get sexually and mentally harassed and I'm alot happier now. Have fun standing in at the unemployment line. You friggin drunk of a loser!
Re: Inkadinkado Drops Workers Cold
05 Nov 2004
The October 5 email by former employee is disgusting and beyond the pale. The man is dead after a horrific 18 month fight with cancer. He couldn't manage it any more and they had to sell the company. Blame the new owners if they paid you no severance. Don't blame the dead. And blame yourself that you know so little that you can only get an $8 per hour job.
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