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A 'thimble-ready' cause

USA Today

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If Michelle Obama really wants to influence the world of fashion, she should tackle sweatshop conditions abroad while steering the industry back to our shores.

It may or may not be true, as the old saying goes, that clothes make the man. But judging by the international fascination with every outfit that Michelle Obama has donned since her husband's election, they definitely make the first lady.

Labor organizations step up pressure in Russell dispute

Sporting Goods Intelligence Vol. 26, No. 17

Various non-profit labor organizations, including the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) and the non-profit U.S. Labor Education in the Americas Project (USLEAP), are attempting to end a six-month standoff with Russell Corp. by contacting retailers, sports leagues and professional teams with
their concerns about Russell’s alleged “severe violations
of labor rights” in Honduras, the labor groups confirmed to SGI.

No sweat


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There was a lot of hoopla over the anti-tax "tea parties" last week, but another group staged a protest a few blocks away from the Capitol, at the Capitol Station Post Office, on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

This protest was by [SweatFree Communities] and coincided with the release of a report, "Subsidizing Sweatshops" (read it at, which catalogs which public-sector apparel manufacturers use sweatshop labor...


The Latest Corporate Social Responsibility News: Un-Earth Day


It’s Earth Day, and all eyes are on the environment -- rightfully so, seeing as we're changing our climate irreversibly. Companies, NGOs, and others have appropriately set their sights on Mother Earth this week: SAP and Anheuser-Busch touted solar arrays; Environmental Defense Fund applauded green innovations by companies such as Coca-Cola, Google, and Wal-Mart; and released the State of Green Investing 2009 report.

A Conflict Mineral Bill Tries to Walk a Fine Line

Roll Call

By T.R. Goldman

The drumbeats are distant now, but they will grow louder. Soon they will be coming out of your mobile phone, screaming in your ear that by dint of using your cellular device, you are complicit in the murder, torture and rape of millions in the remote eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

That’s one point of view in an issue that is just awakening K Street but that has antecedents stretching back two decades, to Kathie Lee Gifford’s clothing line, Nike shoes, Pakistani soccer balls, Uzbek cotton and diamonds from Sierra Leone.

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.


Northwest University of Politics and Law - Labor Law Clinic Page

2009年4月8日,国际劳工权益基金会代表Manfred Elfstrom先生莅临劳动法诊所进行了为期两天的指导工作,指导工作由汇报和座谈两部分组成。



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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