II-"Five Days' Work for Felix Mendoza, $38.74" - Merle Linda Wolin - Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

Byline: Merle Linda Wolin; 1981-01-15; Los Angeles Herald-Examiner; pages A1, A10

Report: "Sweatshop" - Merle Linda Wolin - Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

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I was beginning my second odyssey into the $35 billion California germent industry, another weekling, nine-hour-a-day journey into the underworld of fancy clothes and high style.  I knocked on the wooden door behind the grate at 331 N. Mountain View in Los Angeles. Just when I thought no one would answer, a small, thin, dark-eyed man slowly opened the door.  He was Felix Mendoza, a Mexican-born sewing contractor who had been in business for only six months.  "I'm looking for work," I said in Spanish through the bars.  "Can you sew?" he asked.  It was his only question. 

Description:Wolin continues her account of working undercover in California sweatshops, the underworld backbone of the state's garment industry.

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Felix Mendoza's garment manufacturing shop.

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Los Angeles Herald-Examiner article titled, "Five Days' Work for Felix Mendoza, $38.74." Written by Merle Linda Wolin as part of her series on the LA garment Industry.