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State labor pressure helps Honduran workers

The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY)

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The Honduran workers who make most of Schenectady's firefighter uniforms are finally being paid minimum wage, after a year of pressure from the state and a national textile union.

 Workers at the Alamode Plant in Honduras also received back pay for all the years in which they were illegally paid less than the Honduran minimum wage. And, for the first time, their company obeyed Honduras law and enrolled them in the country's social security system, which provides access to health care, injury leave and other benefits.


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Economic Solutions: SweatFree Communities' new report and EFCA

Community Radio WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill

Today we talk with Bangladeshi labor activist Kalpona Akter, who along with two of her colleagues were arrested last summer following their involvement in a movement to raise the minimum wage for garment workers in Bangladesh. The garment factory managers who have leveled charges against the three activists are major suppliers to Walmart...

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State Police Uniforms Being Made In Dominican Republic Sweatshop

Maine Public Broadcasting Network

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Some of Maine's tax dollars are being spent on garments made in sweatshops.  That's among the findings of a study released today by the non-profit group SweatFree Communities. The report, Subsidizing Sweatshops 2, is the follow-up to a study released last summer into conditions at some of the factories where police and military uniforms are made.

Berkeley set to vote on sweatshop ordinance

San Francisco Chronicle

Berkeley has built up a sweat trying to become sweatshop-free.

More than four years after the idea first surfaced, the City Council is set to vote Tuesday on an anti-sweatshop ordinance that has bounced around among three commissions, several City Hall departments and a host of community groups, as they've debated how to pay for and enforce the plan.

But the ordinance - which would prohibit the city from buying goods manufactured in sweatshops - could be delayed five more months or so if City Manager Phil Kamlarz has his way...