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A Sweatshop Game Changer

In sweatshops around the globe, long hours, poor wages, meager-to-no benefits and miserable conditions have long been the norm. But one apparel company seems intent upon changing all that. Alta Gracia may show that humane clothing production is not only possible, but also profitable. (more)

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 READ MORE


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Body Politics, American Apparel Style

We’ve always been a little skeeved out by the American Apparel phenomenon, what with the eco-conscious, “sweatshop free,” hipster-friendly company’s glaring omission of any sense of enlightened politics when it comes to ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


Credibility Gap

Clothing companies and the consumers who buy their products tend to feign ignorance when it’s revealed that those products are a bargain because they were made by 10-year-old slaves. That’s certainly the case with Gap, which says it was unaware of the sweatshop in New Delhi, India, where children were recently found toiling under deplorable conditions to create clothes bearing the Gap Kids logo.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Apple has audited working conditions at an iPod factory in China
Illustration by Peter Scheer

Think Damage Control

An Apple Computer audit of labor conditions at an iPod factory in China uncovered employees working longer hours than permitted by its code of conduct.  Auditors also said that workers earned ?at least the local minimum wage?—whatever that may be in Longhua, China.

Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


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Robert Scheer: My Mother ‘the Illegal Alien’?

“Like so many May Day protesters taking part in ‘A Day Without Immigrants,’ I know about having an otherwise law-abiding family member who spends decades working long, hard hours for abysmally low wages.”

Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


Saipan workers
From Ms. magazine

Greed, Sex Slavery and Forced Abortions—Made in the USA

Ms. Magazine documents quasi-endentured servitude in garment factories in the Northern Mariana Islands—which, because they’re a territory of the U.S., labels their clothes “Made in the USA.” The surprise: Jack Abramoff facilitated the situation.

Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


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