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The iPad is L.A.'s Hot Accessory, But Critics of Apple Factory Conditions Are Tainting its Hipness

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Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 8:07 AM

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  • SumOfUs

We've seen some bizarre fashion accessories in this, strange, star-struck town: Chihuahuas, stolen necklaces and adopted babies to name a few. The hottest accoutrement these days seems to an Apple iPad. Because it goes so well with a $1,500 handbag.

But a consumer watchdog wants you to pause before you adopt this new look.

A group called SumOfUs.org has started a campaign in the wake of this week's launch of the latest iPad.

It wants Apple's Chinese factories ...

... to release workers' clock-in and clock-out data for the last 4 months to prove that the new iPad was made without forcing workers into illegal and dangerous levels of overtime.

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  • Apple

The campaign comes amid controversy over working conditions at Chinese plants that manufacture the iPhone, including allegations that Apple "has a track record of putting its workers through grueling night shifts and dangerous levels of overtime to meet its artificial product launch deadlines," says SumOfUs director Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman.

What can you do?

The group wants you to sign its online petition supporting the release of workers' hourly data.

Stinebrickner-Kauffman:

Consumers are waking up to the consequences of Apple's greed. We don't want products made this way.

That's thinking different.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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