Events

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2019 Labor Rights Defenders Awards

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Our awards ceremony brings together policy leaders, labor activists, and an increasingly diverse group of internationalists who know that human rights and economic justice depend on the ability of workers and their advocates to speak out and defend human rights at work. We honor trailblazers, both nationally and internationally, for their innovation and visionary leadership in labor rights advocacy, from fighting for safe and just working conditions to demanding corporate accountability. 

Labor Notes Regional Conference: Building International Solidarity and Defending Labor Activists in Asia

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Friday, July 26, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, July 28, 2019 (All day)

Across Asia, multinational corporations are pushing an agenda of outsourcing, subcontracting, and short-term contracts to minimize their responsibility for labor rights violations and to keep out independent, democratic unions. Throughout the region, millions of migrant workers have few legal protections and face precarious employment and unsafe positions. Migrant fishers and domestic workers frequently face not only institutional discrimination, but also sometimes physical abuse and sexual harassment at the hands of their employers.

Past

The Jasic Conflagration: Assessing the State of Labor Politics in China

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Friday, April 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This symposium will explore the context, causes, and consequences of the Jasic conflict, perhaps China’s most politically consequential labor movement of the decade. A variety of speakers will draw out how the incident has implicated so many social actors - students, feminists, leftists, NGOs, and lawyers - and to think about what this case reveals about shifting politics in the Xi era. Given the intensity and breadth of the crackdown, we will also reflect on possibilities for advancing labor rights in this newly repressive environment.

Preliminary Schedule

Global Week of Solidarity with Bangladeshi Garment Workers: NYC

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Friday, February 1, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm

Workers in Bangladesh face violence when voicing legitimate complaints about how little they take home after a day’s work. And soon they might be facing unsafe factories again, if the Bangladesh Accord would have to stop operations in the country. Show your solidarity with garment workers by joining us for a demonstration at the Consulate General of Bangladesh!

Pay Up, Ross!

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Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 6:30pm

This year, garment workers in Los Angeles are taking the Pay Up Ross Campaign to the national level! On Thursday, January 31st at 6:30pm, the LA Garment Worker Center will hold an action in New York City to demand that Barbara Rentler, the CEO of Ross Dress for Less, pay up the close to $800,000 in stolen wages owed to four Garment Worker Center members who worked in factories that produced Ross apparel.

Global Week of Solidarity with Bangladeshi Garment Workers: DC

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 12:30pm

Workers in Bangladesh face violence when voicing legitimate complaints about how little they take home after a day’s work. And soon they might be facing unsafe factories again, if the Bangladesh Accord would have to stop operations in the country. Show your solidarity with garment workers by joining us for a demonstration at the Bangladesh Embassy!

Organizing in Global Supply Chains: Reports from the Front Lines

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Representatives of trade unions, worker centers, and labor rights groups from seven countries will report on their efforts to organize workers in the supply chains of leading apparel brands and retailers, the illegal employer repression and retaliation that impedes these efforts, and how brands and retailers respond to such violations of their own codes of conduct.

National Day of Action at Abercrombie & Fitch

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 (All day)

Five years ago, on April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh shocked much of the world, when 1,134 garment workers died in the deadliest disaster in the history of the global garment industry. At that point in time, Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) was no stranger to the dangers garment workers faced, because 29 workers sewing for A&F in Bangladesh died in the 2010 That’s It Sportswear factory fire.

The Fight for Dignity: Violence against Trade Unionists in Honduras

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 2:00pm

In Honduras, defending your rights at work can cost you your life. This event will highlight how workers in Honduras are standing up to corporations that exploit, harm and impoverish people in the name of profit. We will examine U.S. policy, violence against worker rights activists, and the root causes of the current migration crisis. Meet Honduran trade unionist, Tomas Membreño, and learn how people in the U.S. can support Honduran workers who harvest the fruit that ends up on our supermarket shelves.