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First, the Bad News

FINANCIAL PROSPECTS FOR workers laid off last year by Wins of California and two affiliated companies were already bad. Now they're worse. Since last April the garment-industry workers have been waiting for more than $800,000 in back wages. But Wins fell into bankruptcy, leaving the workers to vie with other creditors for the company's remaining assets before a federal judge. That pits the approximately 200 laid-off Chinese immigrants against behemoth agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service. The likely result: the workers – who are already living on the edge – could get far less than they are owed, labor analysts fear. (Rachel Brahinsky)