U.S. boss held in Chinese factory

Workers demand severance pay

Posted: June 25, 2013 at 3:21 a.m.

U.S. Embassy employees (left) talk Monday to Chip Starnes (in window), co-owner of Specialty Medical Supplies, who said he was being held in his office in Beijing by employees demanding severance pay.

An American executive said Monday he has been held hostage for four days at his medical supply plant in Beijing by scores of workers demanding severance packages like those given to 30 co-workers in a phased-out department.

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Business, Pages 21 on 06/25/2013