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Thursday
Feb092012

An Ethical iPhone: Protesters Rally at Apple Stores

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Protesters rallied at the Apple store in Washington, D.C., Thursday to deliver roughly 250,000 signatures in a demonstration calling for an end to unethical manufacturing practices at the tech giant’s factories in China.

The protest was one of six being held in cities around the world inspired by Mark Shields -- a consultant from Washington, D.C. -- who launched a petition on change.org in January. Shields is a self-described Apple user who became mobilized after hearing reports of poor working conditions at factories run by Foxconn, one of Apple’s biggest suppliers.  

According to a New York Times investigation, Foxconn’s Chinese workers are subjected to poor conditions at the company’s factories. Reports claim that there have been multiple attempted suicides at its plants, including recently when 150 workers threatened to jump from a roof following a dispute about pay. Other charges against Foxconn include unfair wages and hazardous working conditions.

Shields’ demonstration included a small group of signatories and representatives from sumofus.org, another organization which has been collecting signatures to encourage Apple to make the iPhone5 the first ethically manufactured Apple product. Change.org’s petition demands that Apple announces “a worker protection strategy for new product releases, which are the instances when injuries and suicides typically spike because of the incredible pressure to meet quotas timed to releases.”

“We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain,” Apple said in a statement to ABC News. “We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes wherever Apple products are made. Our suppliers must live up to these requirements if they want to keep doing business with Apple.

“Every year Apple inspects more factories, going deeper into the supply chain and raising the bar for our suppliers. In 2011 we conducted 229 audits at supplier facilities around the world and reported their progress on apple.com. Last month, Apple became the first technology company admitted to the Fair Labor Association, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving conditions for workers around the world. The FLA's auditing team will have direct access to our supply chain and they will report their findings independently on their website,” the statement from Apple said.

Protests were also held at Apple stores in New York, San Francisco, London, Sydney and Bangalore, India on Thursday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec072011

JPMorgan Investment Banker Accused of Stalking Former Flame

Chris Hondros/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- JPMorgan investment banker David Gray is accused of harassing a former colleague after their one-year affair broke off, flying to London four times in a month, and telling police he was an Israeli secret service agent.

Gray, 28, was convicted on Monday of harassing Daniela Rausnitz, 25, a former colleague at JPMorgan in New York. ABC News confirmed with the West London Magistrates' Court that Gray was convicted of harassment and was given conditional discharge to not commit any crimes for a year or will be sentenced accordingly.

"Much of his defense was he had been basically...set up," Gray's attorney, Daniel O'Callaghan, told ABC News, refuting some of the accusations against his client. "She had been sending him mixed messages."

O'Callaghan said a conditional discharge is the lowest penalty the British court can impose, essentially a warning, and the judge did not impose a restraining order against him.

Rausnitz was first an unpaid intern at the bank in New York City then returned as an employee after she graduated from Duke University. She allegedly began an affair with Gray, who married a fellow classmate from Cornell University in March 2009. Gray is an investment banking associate who specialized in mergers and acquisitions.

A statement from Ken Sunshine, spokesman for the Rausnitz family said, "We applaud the court's actions, and trust that this will end this horrible ordeal. We will have no further comment."

A spokeswoman for JPMorgan Chase declined to comment on Gray's employment.

After their alleged affair ended, Rausnitz transferred to London to advance her career and create distance with him. But he continued to pursue her, reportedly visited London four times in August and sent 176 text messages and 23 emails in 16 hours at one point.

Among the accusations against Gray include placing a tracking device in Rausnitz's bag and changing his flights to be on the same flight as her.

Before he was arrested at a hotel when trying to apologize to Rausnitz and her father, he allegedly told police he was an agent for the Israeli secret service, which he later admitted was a lie. He also acknowledged that he falsely claimed his sister had died and that he was "seriously ill" in Paris after an accident.

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