Publications

Wal-Mart in China: The High Cost of Low Prices

Publication Date: 

October 25, 2006

Millions of consumers across the United States buy products from Wal-mart and other brands bearing the “Made in China” label. However, behind the label lies the exploitation of Chinese workers.

In order to keep prices low for US consumers, Wal-mart suppliers take advantage of the abusive environment toward workers in China. Factories in China are characterized by harsh conditions and mistreatment of workers. Many factories are unsafe, do not pay a living wage, force workers to work overtime without extra pay, do not offer vacations or

Labor Rights Ideas for the Classroom

Publication Date: 

September 16, 2006

This documents provides ideas for unique ways to incorporate labor rights into various subjects, including math, English, social studies, history, art/music, economics, and geography. Also included is an extensive list of resources about child labor in various forms and industries, organized by grade level and by topic.

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Cocoa Lesson Plan - Analayzing Perspectives

Publication Date: 

September 16, 2006

This lesson plan was designed for English or Social Studies teachers to use to help students understand the various arguments around child labor in the cocoa industry, and find facts that can be used in debate to defend those viewpoints. The lesson includes ideas for class discussion, debate, research, and composition, as well as links to resources that can be used for each activity.

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Cocoa Lesson Plan - Interpreting Graphs

Publication Date: 

September 12, 2006

This is a lesson for social studies or math teachers. The lesson focuses on interpreting graphs and data on Cocoa production in Cote d’Ivoire, and investigating forces and motives behind production. It includes a large group activity, small group discussion questions, and reflection questions at the end.

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