Yes, the main Nerf factory in southern China is laying off workers. In response, some of the workers demonstrated. Eventually the demonstration turned into a riot. (China has a hard time dealing with peaceful demonstrations.)
Workers riot at Chinese toy factory.
Possible story angles:
- How have local sales of Nerf or other toys been in this economic downturn?
- How have other manufacturers dealt with the layoffs that come with an economic downturn? (Hint: contact the AFL-CIO and National Association of Manufacturers for their views.)
- How significant is the economic connection between US buyers and other countries? (To mention the obvious: China and toys; Korea and cheap cars; India and call centers.)
- What are the laws in the United States that deal with layoffs and firings?
- How do the individual state laws affect how a person is treated when he/she is laid off?
- Are public employees (i.e. GMU employees) treated differently from the private sector?