What’s all this talk of ‘Clean Clothes?’ Sweatshops: the facts
What is a sweatshop? <ul><li>Low wages </li></ul><ul><li>Long hours </li></ul><ul><li>Forced overtime </li></ul><ul><li>Ch...
New York City sweatshop, ca 1900
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, 1911
9 th  floor, Asch Building—146 trapped workers die
KTS Factory, Bangladesh
Child workers injured in KTS Factory fire
Sweatshop workers Bangladesh
Average Apparel Wages <ul><li>Hourly wage  Living wage  % </li></ul><ul><li>United States  $8.42 $12.50 67%  </li></ul><ul...
Where the money goes: BJ&B baseball caps <ul><li>Labor costs $  .08 </li></ul><ul><li>Subcontractor sells for $  4.50 </li...
What can we do about sweatshops?
 
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT FARMINGTON POLICY ON GOOD PURCHASING PRACTICES 1. Living wage 2. Maximum 48-hour work week with hol...
Where can I buy goods that aren’t made in sweatshops?
<ul><li>ON-LINE </li></ul><ul><li>Justice Clothing—union made clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Maggie’s Organics—sweat-free, org...
Resources for education and activism <ul><li>UMF’s Clean Clothes website  http://cleanclothes.umf.maine.edu </li></ul><ul>...
Sweatshop-free Fashion Show
Adbusters What else can I do?
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  • Sweatshops Revised

    1. 1. What’s all this talk of ‘Clean Clothes?’ Sweatshops: the facts
    2. 2. What is a sweatshop? <ul><li>Low wages </li></ul><ul><li>Long hours </li></ul><ul><li>Forced overtime </li></ul><ul><li>Child labor </li></ul><ul><li>Verbal, physical, or sexual abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Intrusion into workers’ personal lives </li></ul><ul><li>Unsafe working conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Workers fired for organizing </li></ul>
    3. 3. New York City sweatshop, ca 1900
    4. 4. Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, 1911
    5. 5. 9 th floor, Asch Building—146 trapped workers die
    6. 6. KTS Factory, Bangladesh
    7. 7. Child workers injured in KTS Factory fire
    8. 8. Sweatshop workers Bangladesh
    9. 9. Average Apparel Wages <ul><li>Hourly wage Living wage % </li></ul><ul><li>United States $8.42 $12.50 67% </li></ul><ul><li>El Salvador $0.85 $ 2.52 34% </li></ul><ul><li>Indonesia $0.47 $ 1.31 36% </li></ul><ul><li>Honduras $0.43 $ 0.79 54% </li></ul><ul><li>Haiti $0.30 $ 0.58 54% </li></ul><ul><li>Nicaragua $0.23 $ 0.80 29% </li></ul><ul><li>China $0.23 $ 0.87 26% </li></ul><ul><li>Bangladesh $0.13 -- </li></ul><ul><li>Burma $0.07 -- National Labor Committee </li></ul>
    10. 10. Where the money goes: BJ&B baseball caps <ul><li>Labor costs $ .08 </li></ul><ul><li>Subcontractor sells for $ 4.50 </li></ul><ul><li>BJ&B price to bookstore $12.00 </li></ul><ul><li>University licensing fee $ 1.50 </li></ul><ul><li>Bookstore charges $19.95 </li></ul>
    11. 11. What can we do about sweatshops?
    12. 13. UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT FARMINGTON POLICY ON GOOD PURCHASING PRACTICES 1. Living wage 2. Maximum 48-hour work week with holidays and vacations 3. Overtime compensation 4. No child labor 5. No forced labor 6. No harassment or intimidation 7. No discrimination in hiring, promotion, etc. 8. Safe and healthy working environment 9. Freedom of association and collective bargaining 10. Women’s rights: equal pay, no pregnancy tests, no compulsory contraception, accommodations for pregnant women, maternity leave 11. Public disclosure by companies of manufacturing facilities
    13. 14. Where can I buy goods that aren’t made in sweatshops?
    14. 15. <ul><li>ON-LINE </li></ul><ul><li>Justice Clothing—union made clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Maggie’s Organics—sweat-free, organic cotton tees </li></ul><ul><li>CoopAmerica.org—portal to sources of sweat-free and fair trade products. </li></ul><ul><li>No Sweat Apparel—union-made clothing and sneakers </li></ul><ul><li>Global Exchange—fair trade goods from around the world </li></ul><ul><li>These are listed, along with others on UMF’s clean clothes website: http://cleanclothes.umf.maine.edu </li></ul><ul><li>IN FARMINGTON </li></ul><ul><li>Thrift stores: considered clean because the profits don’t go to big business but rather to community members. </li></ul><ul><li>Outskirts, Minikins, Imelda’s, Carhartts at Renys… </li></ul>
    15. 16. Resources for education and activism <ul><li>UMF’s Clean Clothes website http://cleanclothes.umf.maine.edu </li></ul><ul><li>SweatFree Communities </li></ul><ul><li>www.sweatfree.org </li></ul><ul><li>United Students Against Sweatshops </li></ul><ul><li>www.studentsagainstsweatshops.org </li></ul><ul><li>National Labor Committee </li></ul><ul><li>www.nlcnet.org </li></ul>
    16. 17. Sweatshop-free Fashion Show
    17. 18. Adbusters What else can I do?
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