Fair Labor Association says Apple plants better than sweatshops

Terril Yue Jones for Reuters:

Working conditions at Chinese manufacturing plants where Apple Inc’s iPads and iPhones are made are far better than those at garment factories or other facilities elsewhere in the country, according to the head of a non-profit agency investigating the plants.

It’ll be weeks before the Fair Labor Association’s reports are done and ready for public consumption, but Auret van Heerden, president of the FLA, suggested that the Foxconn facilities where Apple products are made are “first-class,” at least compared to the garment factories that have been FLA’s stock and trade in the past.