3rd Networking Call Series
February - June 2007
Electronics and Prison Labor
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Date: Thursday, March 8, 2007
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST
Overview: This call will discuss one of the major controversial issues surrounding end-of-life management of used electronics. The use of prison labor for electronics scrap recycling has proven to be detrimental to the health of prisoners and prison staff, and has also been a significant challenge for recycling companies competing against significantly lower prison labor wages. The call will provide an overview of recycling programs that harness prison labor for electronics scrap recycling, as well as recently passed legislation in a number of states that bans this practice inside their borders. Speakers will also discuss what governments can do to help pass similar legislation of their own. There will be ample opportunity to probe all sides of the issue.
Barbara Kyle (Computer TakeBack Campaign)
Barbara Kyle is the National Coordinator for the Computer TakeBack Campaign. The Campaign is a national coalition of NGOs whose goal is to promote sustainable and responsible practices throughout the high-tech electronics industry, to protect public health and the environment. Barbara has spent most of her career as an organizer or manager for NGOs, including eight years in the labor movement, with the Service Employees International Union and the California Labor Federation. She has also worked for community action and legal services organizations and the University of California.
David Ritter (Global Investment Recovery, Inc)
David H. Ritter is President and CEO of Global Investment Recovery (GIR). He started GIR in 1992 after working at the AT&T Nassau Metals Refinery for 15 years. Mr. Ritter is responsible for strategic planning and ongoing operations of GRI. He owns 100% of the stock under a sub-chapter S tax arrangement. David has a BS in Biology and Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. He is a Certified Manager of Investment Recovery (CMIR) from the Investment Recovery Association.