Union members walk out of Tesla’s Gigafactory over dispute

March 1, 2016 by  
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Some 100 workers at Tesla’s Gigafactory walked out in protest recently after learning that a contractor on the site is using workers from outside the state. Tesla’s 10-million-square-foot facility situated outside Reno, Nevada broke ground in June 2014 and has been ahead of its construction schedule. It’s uncertain how this walkout will impact work on the site. Read the rest of Union members walk out of Tesla’s Gigafactory over dispute

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UBC’s Nano Studios to offer affordable micro-apartments for under $700 a month

March 1, 2016 by  
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Towering Qatar World Cup Memorial raises awareness about immigrant worker death toll

December 22, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Towering Qatar World Cup Memorial raises awareness about immigrant worker death toll Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: #eiffeltower , 1Week1Project , 1week1project memorial , 2022 World Cup , construction site deaths , immigrant worker deaths , immigrant workers , labor exploitation , labor exploitation Qatar , Qatar 2022 World Cup , qatar immigrant workers , Qatar Stadiums , Qatar World Cup Memorial , worker exploitation , workers rights , zaha hadid qatar , zaha hadid zaha hadid stadium

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Cambodian-American Protester Sews Dollar Bills for 8 Hours Outside of an NYC H&M

January 27, 2014 by  
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While other New Yorkers tried to minimize their time outdoors last week, Cambodian-American artist Kat Eng sat in front of an NYC H&M for a whopping 8 hours. With the goal of raising awareness for Cambodian garment workers who were killed or wounded by government soldiers after demanding better working conditions and wages, Eng braved frigid temperatures to work at a sewing machine, stitching together dollar bills to symbolize the meager amount – about $2.67 – a typical garment worker in the country makes in a day. Read more about Eng’s project, “Less Than Three” at Ecouterre . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , human rights , Kat Eng , new york city , New York. , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , sweatshop workers , sweatshops , Times Square , workers rights        

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Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

December 31, 2013 by  
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  Photo © Shutterstock A recent Reuters report reveals that a black labor market run by Japanese gangsters, or yakuza, has been using taxpayer funds to clean up radioactive fallout in northern Japan. The gangs have been rounding up homeless men and illegally putting them to work for less than minimum wage. These exploited workers are often charged for food and shelter, which just makes the situation worse when they end up in debt to their employers. Due to the dangerous nature of the job , it’s been hard to find enough workers for the project, which is already running behind schedule and expected to take decades to complete . Read the rest of Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima , fukushima cleanup , government corruption , homelessness , Japan , minimum wage , nuclear disaster , nuclear power , nuclear power plant , nuclear reactor , nuclear waste , workers rights        

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Sad Photos Show The Real Faces of Chinese Toy Factory Workers

December 15, 2013 by  
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We like to fool kids (and maybe ourselves) with tales of holiday elves working with tiny hammers in a North Pole workshop. The truth is, the vast majority of toys found under the tree this year are and will be made by human beings in China. These adults (and often minors) toil for 12 hours a day often under unethical, and sometimes scathingly horrid working conditions.  Photographer Michael Wolf recently released an entire collection of photographs that show what life is really like for those working in Chinese toy factories. Take a closer look at this series and find out how you can be part of the solution vs. the problem. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chinese factory workers , Chinese toy factories , christmas presents , christmas toys , human rights , made in china , who makes your toys , workers rights , working conditions in China        

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Feel Like Holiday Shopping is a Losing Battle? Declare a Truce.

December 15, 2013 by  
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Some people love the hustle and bustle of the holidays, even the stress of trying to find (and then afford) a perfect present for everyone on your list. Even if you limit your gift giving to family, however, the holidays can still be emotionally and financially overwhelming. This year, many families are putting and end to the madness through an interesting website called Xmas Truce. The brainchild of  Saatchi & Saatchi’s  London art director,  Todd Grinham , “Xmas Truce”  allows you and any number of your social media connections to declare a truce on gift-giving: it’s a virtual handshake that allows both parties to remember the true reason for the season. Would you ever use it? READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christmas , consumerism , declare a truce , gift-free christmas , holiday debt , holiday shopping , holiday stress , xmas truce website        

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15 Apparel Brands Who Have Not Signed the Bangladesh Safety Accord

June 1, 2013 by  
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Following the deaths of 1,127 garment workers in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh on April 24, more than 40 of the world’s leading apparel brands have signed the Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh . This accord holds the clothing companies legally accountable for safety and labor conditions in the factories they employ in the South Asian nation. Yet dozens of apparel brands have failed to sign the accord, including a number of major US labels. Read on to see 15 of the most egregious holdouts. READY MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh , apparel workers , bangladesh safety accord , garment industry , labor rights , Rana Plaza , worker safety , workers rights        

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Over 300 People Dead in Bangladesh Factory Collapse

April 26, 2013 by  
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Photo by Andrew Biraj for  Reuters The death toll at the horrific garment factory collapse that occurred earlier this week has now risen to 300 . According to the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, 80% of the factory’s workers were young women aged between 18 and 20 . As upsetting as it’s been to watch, we’ve been following the news on Ecouterre , as well as investigating how consumers can express to the big name brands that make their clothes at the factory that the working conditions that led to the casualties is absolutely unacceptable. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , Benetton , CA , Dhaka , Dress Barn , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , forced labor , green fashion , human rights , Joe Fresh , KiK , Mango , Primark , Rana Plaza , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , sweatshop labor , sweatshop workers , sweatshops , Tazreen Fashions , The Children’s Place , walmart , workers rights        

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Gucci Staff in China Claim Severe Abuse That Resulted in Illness and Miscarriages

October 16, 2011 by  
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Gucci ‘s flagship store in Shenzhen, China , has been accused by former staff of sweatshop-like abuse .  Five ex-employees of the luxury brand cited abuse so severe that they suffered from stomach and urinary illnesses and even miscarriages.  Click ahead to see the accusations and what steps Gucci is taking to prevent this from happening again. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , Gucci , human rights , shenzhen , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , sweatshops , workers rights

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