United Students Against Sweatshops<br />Christine Laney<br />GJM- Final Project<br />Due: 7/26/2010<br />
What is United Students Against Sweatshops?<br />A student organization with chapters at over 250 colleges and universitie...
What do they focus on?<br />Domestic and international sweatshops and have built coalitions of students, labor groups, wor...
The Worker Rights Consortium<br />In April 2000, the USAS founded the Workers Rights Consortium<br />Investigate labor con...
Sweat-Free Campus Campaign<br />Organize anti-sweatshop campaigns on their campus<br />Mandate that clothes with collegiat...
Campaign to Stop Killer Coke<br />Targeting Coca-Cola for violations in Columbia, Turkey, India, Guatemala, and Indonesia<...
National Campus Living Wage Campaign<br />Fight for better workplaces on college and university campuses<br />Workers some...
How have they succeeded?<br />Sit-ins at University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Georgetown, and Duke wh...
Major Victories<br />Nike and the Kukdong-Mexmode factory in Puebla Mexico<br />Baseball cap factory in New York<br />Harv...
Kukdong-Mexmode factory<br />Investigated by the WRC and found to be a union-busting factory<br />Workers that organized w...
Baseball Cap Factory<br />Baseball cap factory in Derby, New York<br />Workers tried to organize for better wages and safe...
Harvard Living Wage Campaign<br />Students demanded workers at Harvard be paid a living wage<br />Administration refused t...
Bibliography<br />"About Us." USAS. Organizing for Student & Worker Power! Web. 23 <br />		July 2010. <http://usas.org/>.<...
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  1. 1. United Students Against Sweatshops<br />Christine Laney<br />GJM- Final Project<br />Due: 7/26/2010<br />
  2. 2. What is United Students Against Sweatshops?<br />A student organization with chapters at over 250 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada<br />Formed in 1997 as part of the anti-sweatshop movement in North America <br />Is widely viewed as the largest anti-sweatshop community group in the United States and Canada<br />Defines "sweatshops" broadly<br />
  3. 3. What do they focus on?<br />Domestic and international sweatshops and have built coalitions of students, labor groups, workers, and community members to focus on these campaigns<br />Support Designated Suppliers Program, an anti-sweatshop policy that would source collegiate apparel from factories that respect workers’ rights<br />Support Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ campaign against Taco Bell<br />Large companies such as New Balance, Forever 21, Coca-Cola, Hanes, Nike…<br />
  4. 4. The Worker Rights Consortium<br />In April 2000, the USAS founded the Workers Rights Consortium<br />Investigate labor conditions in factories producing collegiate apparel<br />Work with NGOs, human rights groups, and local labor unions or federations<br />Currently, over 180 colleges and universities have affiliated with the WRC<br />
  5. 5. Sweat-Free Campus Campaign<br />Organize anti-sweatshop campaigns on their campus<br />Mandate that clothes with collegiate logos be manufactured under fair and ethical conditions<br />New challenge: mandating that these producers manufacture a significant portion of apparel in factories with demographic representation and a paid living wage<br />
  6. 6. Campaign to Stop Killer Coke<br />Targeting Coca-Cola for violations in Columbia, Turkey, India, Guatemala, and Indonesia<br />Eight union leaders from Coca-Cola plants in Columbia have been murdered since 1989<br />Evidence suggests managers ordered assaults<br />Working to get Coke kicked off of their campuses until policies change<br />
  7. 7. National Campus Living Wage Campaign<br />Fight for better workplaces on college and university campuses<br />Workers sometimes average 90-hours a week, receive poverty wages, and lack healthcare<br />Includes union organizing drives, contract negotiation campaigns, living wage campaigns, and code of conduct campaigns<br />
  8. 8. How have they succeeded?<br />Sit-ins at University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Georgetown, and Duke where they occupied presidents’ offices<br />Gathered in Washington, DC for the second Sweat-Free Campus Conference <br />Pursue University students hunger strike for eleven days <br />
  9. 9. Major Victories<br />Nike and the Kukdong-Mexmode factory in Puebla Mexico<br />Baseball cap factory in New York<br />Harvard Living Wage Campaign<br />
  10. 10. Kukdong-Mexmode factory<br />Investigated by the WRC and found to be a union-busting factory<br />Workers that organized were fired and blacklisted<br />Students demanded universities suspend contracts with Nike until workers were reinstated and their unions were recognized<br />Nike buckled under pressure<br />Workers were reinstated, won recognition of their union, and bargained for a new contract<br />
  11. 11. Baseball Cap Factory<br />Baseball cap factory in Derby, New York<br />Workers tried to organize for better wages and safer conditions<br />Threat of a factory closing<br />Several code of conduct violations found<br />Student organizations demanded contract suspension<br />Result: Factory stayed in Derby and workers go union recognition and fair contract<br />
  12. 12. Harvard Living Wage Campaign<br />Students demanded workers at Harvard be paid a living wage<br />Administration refused to move on the issue<br />Students took over the administration buildings for two weeks<br />Administration surrendered<br />Campus workers are now being paid a living wage<br />Similar campaigns are now organizing across the country<br />
  13. 13. Bibliography<br />"About Us." USAS. Organizing for Student & Worker Power! Web. 23 <br /> July 2010. <http://usas.org/>.<br />Bandy, Joe. "Pardoxes of Transnational Civil Societies Under Neoliberalism: The Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras." Social Problems 51.3 (2004): 410-31. Aug. 2004. Web. 24 July 2010. <http://jstor.org /stable/4148753>.<br />"United Students Against Sweatshops." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. 06 Mar. 2010. Web. 24 July 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United Students_Against_Sweatshops>.<br />"USW: Overview: United Students Against Sweatshops." USW: United Steelworkers. United Steelworkers. Web. 24 July 2010. <http://legacy.usw.org/usw/program/content/overview_sub.php ?modules2_ID=796&modules_ID=796><br />

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