On my America Weekend show today, I asked Theresa Haas of the Worker Rights Consortium to discuss the collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh, where the death toll has passed 325 and the building owner has been arrested for negligence in keeping it open despite cracks in the walls and other safety issues. Since those low-wage workers were making clothing for Western brands and retailers, I asked Haas whether those companies share any blame, what they can be expected to do about it, and whether consumers here and elsewhere care as long as the cost of what they buy is kept down (as in the Chinese plants where iPads and other electronics are assembled).

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