Chinese Condoms Could Mean Layoffs for U.S. Workers

"I'm very incensed that they're bringing up that history," he said. "They know better."

As for the countries that complained about Alatech condoms? Povlacs said there was nothing wrong with them, but those countries wanted a thinner, commercial-grade condom instead of the more industrial "rugged" condom that Povlacs said had been the norm for USAID and like-minded programs.

Once it learned of the complaint, Povlacs said the comapny rejiggered its design to accommodate those concerns.

The Dollars That Go Off-Shore

As for Turner and the rest of his co-workers, many of whom are single parents, they are waiting to see what happens next. Povlacs said it is trying to find new contracts for both condoms and latex gloves.

Turner said he wants USAID to think not only about the hardship it'll create if Alatech's workers are put out on the streets. They will no longer be paying taxes and, he said, many will wind up on welfare.

"They're going to be taking away from the system instead of putting in," he said.

The discontinuation of Alatech's USAID condoms, he said, also means less revenue from the American manufacturers Alatech uses for foil and other materials.

"The dollar that goes offshore," he said, "stays offshore."

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