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Unmasking Starvation Wages - J.C. Penney's Arizona Shorts

December 2000

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  • Women Nicaragua paid just 17 cents for each pair of shorts they sew

Internal company production documents smuggled out of the Chentex factory in Nicaragua show that there are 36 operations necessary to complete a pair of J.C. Penney Arizona jean shorts. Each operation is assigned a piece rate value by the company, broken down to thousandths of a cent.

The total piece rate paid for all 36 operations comes to 2.2115 cordobas, or just 17 U.S. cents. ($1.00 U.S. = 12.9 cordobas.)