Federal investigation find rampant sweatshop labor in L.A. factories

November 27, 2016 by  
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If you’ve been buying US-made clothes in order to avoid funding sweatshop labor, we have bad news for you. The Department of Labor announced earlier in November that a massive investigation of 77 Southern California garment contractors found widespread minimum wage and overtime violations, affecting major retailers like Forever 21, T.J. Maxx, Ross, Macy’s, and Nordstrom. In some cases, workers were being paid as little as $4 per hour.

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Help fund the sequel to the reality show that opened fashionistas’ eyes to sweatshop labor

October 24, 2015 by  
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A year ago, a group of Norwegian fashionistas went to Cambodia to experience life as a sweatshop worker . Their hellish experience went viral, allowing the women to bring their message about fair treatment of garment workers to fashion giants like H&M, though their message to the retailer resulted in pushback rather than improvement. Now the makers of the original film are hoping to fund a sequel to help drive real change in the fashion industry. READ MORE >

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Cambodian Garment Workers Die While Making Clothes for Big Brands like Old Navy and Gap

August 24, 2014 by  
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Photo by Luc Forsyth for IndustriAll Global Union Labor-rights group IndustriAll Global Union recently reported that two Cambodian garment workers have died from exhaustive working conditions–making 2014 the first year that garment workers have died on the job. The labor group blames the garment factories, which manufacture clothes for major Western brands such as Old Navy and Gap, for forcing the workers into long overtime hours for meager pay in unsafe conditions. Poor working conditions and chronic malnutrition due to “poverty pay” have also been blamed for mass faintings in the past . READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: garment worker deaths , garment workers , IndustriAll Global Union , inhuman garment worker conditions , meager pay , poverty pay

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Fashion Companies Refuse To Compensate Victims Of Bangladesh Factory Collapse

October 12, 2013 by  
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The mainstream media may have forgotten about the Rana Plaza disaster , which killed 1,127, and injured or maimed scores of others, but those working for workers rights have not. Labor non-profit War on Want is working hard to make sure the fashion companies that put Bangladeshi garment workers in danger are required to compensate victims of the factory collapse. Not surprisingly, the companies, some of the most successful clothing brands in the world, are trying to shirk their responsibility. Only a third of the companies that used the Dhaka manufacturing hub have offered compensation to the victims and their families. Some refuse to even respond to requests for negotiation. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , Fashion , fashion companies , fashion industry , garment factory , garment workers , minimum wage , Worker rights , worker safety        

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Paramilitary Troops Squash Garment Worker Protests In Bangladesh

September 28, 2013 by  
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Five months after the Rana Plaza  factory complex collapsed, killing 1,129 people, and drawing attention to unsafe working conditions that permeate the international fashion industry, Bangladeshi garment workers took to the streets in protest. The action–Bangladesh’s largest worker protest to date–was meant to communicate worker demands for a higher minimum wage. The current base wage for garment workers is 3,000 takas, about $38 per month. Such a low wage is unthinkable, especially when you consider that these workers make clothing for some of the most successful brands in the world, including  H&M ,  Walmart , and  Zara . After five days of unruly protest during which 50 people, including six policemen, were injured, Bangladesh’s government deployed paramilitary troops to drive the workers from the streets. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , fashion industry , garment workers , labor unions , military violence , minimum wage , protests , worker safety        

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Devastating Portraits of Rana Plaza Amputee Survivors in Bangladesh

July 6, 2013 by  
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A lot of disturbing images circulated the internet following the devastating building collapse that killed nearly 1,200 garment workers in Bangladesh last April, but none are more haunting than a series shot by AP Photographer Kevin Frayer. Many workers only survived the tragedy because non-medical staff sawed off their limbs to free them from fallen rubble – without using any kind of anesthesia to numb the pain. As we move past the momentum of the international outcry following the Rana Plaza’s collapse, these images serve as a painful reminder of the sacrifice Bangladeshi workers have made to satisfy our unquenchable desire for fast fashion. Photo by Kevin Frayer for the Associated Press READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aftermath of Rana Plaza , amputee survivors , Bangladesh , ecouterre , fast fashion , garment workers , Kevin Frayer , News , Photography , Rana Plaza        

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U.S. House Approves Congressional Action to Protect Bangladeshi Garment Workers

June 23, 2013 by  
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The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a defense authorization bill that will protect Bangladeshi garment workers from the same kind of tragedy that killed over one thousand workers outside of the capital Dakka. The bill will require all factories that produce military-branded garments, as well as Department of Defense -owned base retail stores or “exchanges” to meet fire and building safety codes in keeping with America’s “core values”. Hit the jump for the details. Image via Shutterstock READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , building code , defense authorization bill , department of defense , eco-fashion , Fashion , garment workers , House of Representatives , military exchanges , safety code , Sustainable Fashion        

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New Eco-Friendly Alternative to ‘Sandblasting’ Denim Jeans

July 30, 2011 by  
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Credit: Jack Hollingsworth/Thinkstock While an old fashioned way to give jeans the “worn” look is to, well, wear them, sandblasting jeans speeds up the process so you can buy them that way. Unfortunately, it poses a health hazard to garment workers who are exposed to silica while manually firing sand under high pressure at jeans. Sandblasting has been in the news recently, with Versace joining Levi’s, H&M, C&A, and Gucci in banning the process , and according to

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