"Buying from China" (July 7) was a home-run article in my book. Or perhaps I should be more global and say "goal!"
Having played on both sides of that field, I would answer your question, "What does a large manufacturing corporation owe to the employees of the companies that make its parts and components?" this way:
They owe them a fair day's pay for a fair day's work (an ethic, I fear is being lost on the "new" generation) and a workplace safe from injury risk.
As an employee, I wondered when someone was going to rattle the nationalist saber and remind the greedy BigBoys that they sell the majority of their products to themselves, so they'd better get smarter about how to make a car instead of where to make a car.
As an employer, I worried that no one would find the hutzpah to remind those same financial wizards that the best product in the world simply does not sell if it doesn't have a market and that by putting their workforce on the bricks, they are effectively committing industrial suicide.