Published: Jun 25, 2013 2:22 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - The wife of an American executive being confined by workers in a Beijing factory says her husband's living conditions have improved since opening labor negotiations with union and government officials.
Cecily Starnes says her husband, Chip, is now working with his third Chinese attorney to resolve a compensation dispute with workers who have held him hostage since Friday.
About 100 workers say they have not been paid in two months. They are demanding back pay and severance packages identical to those offered 30 workers being laid off from the Coral Springs, Florida-based company. Starnes denies those allegations, saying it is a misunderstanding.
Cecily Starnes first learned that her husband was in trouble Friday when she received a text message. It read: "I am calling the U.S. Embassy for help."

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