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Labor is Not a Commodity Collaboration Blog

We are organizations that hear the stories of people who have experienced unacceptable working conditions, often for the sake of consumers having access to cheap, convenient products precisely when they want them. The incredible rise of just a few corporations which allows for unchecked market power has continued a vicious cycle of exploitation. ILRF, STITCH, SweatFree Communities and USLEAP refuse to accept the status quo as the way things have to be.

Firestone Pollutes

This latest news confirms the claims that have been made by members of the Stop Firestone Coalition both in Liberia and the US.  Firestone has spread misinformation about their environmental record, but you can read the Stop Firestone Coalition's response to Firestone here.  You can also send a protest e-mail here.

"Actually, they treat us like animals"

The discussion of how free trade agreements (FTA) do little to protect
labor rights is especially timely as Congress is debating FTAs with
Peru, Colombia and Panama.  The main sticking point has been labor
provisions in the proposed agreements.  Many Democrats say they won't
agree to the FTAs until language is included which requires countries
to enforce internationally accepted core labor standards and improve
their labor rights conditions.

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