Ken's Anti-Sweatshop TV show #2, March Madness 2011


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Slides used by Kenneth Miller for his second TV show in March 2011.

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Ken's Anti-Sweatshop TV show #2, March Madness 2011

  1. 1. March Madness Against Sweatshops <ul><li>Russell Athletics and U PITT Collegiate Licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the workers that sew PITT apparel and what do they want from Chancellor Nordenberg? </li></ul>
  2. 2. Peterson Events Center 4.9.10
  3. 3. Dennis Brutus and Howard Zinn Tribute – April 18, 2010
  4. 4. Pittsburgh City Council Post Agenda April 27, 2010
  5. 5. Sweatshop Media Problems <ul><li>Start adding examples… what is the media looking for/what are we giving them </li></ul><ul><li>How are we going to break this media cycle? </li></ul>
  6. 6. THANK YOU PITT Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
  7. 7. <ul><li>Program </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Hill/Paul Robeson meditation. - Dennis Brutus Tribute Announcement. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk: Russell Athletics and Pitt Collegiate Licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Empowered by the people in this room </li></ul><ul><li>7 th Inning Stretch starts at 8:45 – 9 PM </li></ul><ul><li>Announcements </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion ends at 10 PM, but please feel welcome to stick around chat </li></ul><ul><li>Starting points </li></ul><ul><li>We believe that everyone has Human Rights and we are empowered to protect the human rights of people everywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>A fair wage can be objectively measured </li></ul><ul><li>Contracts can be enforced </li></ul><ul><li>Kenneth’s promise – I will get you the information you are looking for: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>412 867 9213 </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is a sweatshop? <ul><li>Contractor </li></ul><ul><li>Contractor </li></ul><ul><li>Contractor </li></ul><ul><li>Each one takes a cut </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLES: </li></ul><ul><li>Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Sodexo at PITT </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaning Contractor at Camden Yards </li></ul>
  9. 9. Electricity Transportation <ul><li>WORKFORCE </li></ul><ul><li>Adolescent women/NOT children </li></ul>
  10. 10. Export Processing Zones (EPZs) and Free Trade Zones (FTZs) are aimed at changing agrarian societies into industrial societies. <ul><li>Industrialization </li></ul><ul><li>It is Structural Adjustment. </li></ul><ul><li>Taking public resources and privatizing them. </li></ul><ul><li>Making public investments to benefit private industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Undermining local governments and civil society. </li></ul>
  11. 11. What are the Pittsburgh Pirates selling? Roberto Clemente – this is what Solidarity looks like MAZ – this is the shot heard around the world What do the Pittsburgh Pirates and U PITT’s logos have in common? Why are we targeting the Pittsburgh Pirates rather than Walmart or Nike?
  12. 12. Public Works Administration VS Today’s Economic Stimulus Package <ul><li>An exhibit of WPA artwork is at the Frick Art museum now. </li></ul><ul><li>Members of PASCA like to have meetings and see art exhibits at the SAME TIME. </li></ul>
  13. 13. DOMESTIC VS EXPORT <ul><li>Supporting the domestic apparel industry in places like Iraq and Afghanistan is a PEACE PLAN </li></ul>
  14. 15. In 1964 Dennis Brutus’s campaign to expel Apartheid South Africa from the Olympic Games was successful. <ul><li>What did this have to do with the Cold War and segregation in the United States? </li></ul>
  15. 16. It’s all about the cotton and who spins it. It’s about MLK’s triple evils of racism, imperialism and poverty.
  16. 17. Multi Fiber Arrangement 1973 - 2003 - a US govt. policy to stop peasant demands for land reform <ul><li>Encouraged 110 small counties to build Export Processing Zones </li></ul><ul><li>Urged US garment manufactures to relocate – created stability for US textiles “Assembled in Honduras of US components” </li></ul>
  17. 18. What do we know about university logos? <ul><li>What does it represent to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Should the Administration care about working conditions where the logo is sown? </li></ul>
  18. 19. United Students Against Sweatshops and the Workers Rights Consoritum <ul><li>A chain of accountability from our university community to the shop floor for factories sewing our collegiate logos </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly ZERO ability to coordinate university responses to worker complaints </li></ul><ul><li>The Full Public Disclosure story… Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin… lay it on the line. </li></ul><ul><li>Student Activism and the “academic standard” of the WRC – the Academy sets a good example for private industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Russell Athletic is where we are TEN YEARS after this policy victory </li></ul>
  19. 20. MLK Day Bangladesh 2010 Thank you Senators Specter and Casey Amin/War on Want -
  20. 21. WRC investigator yells FIRE FIRE <ul><li>RUSSELL </li></ul><ul><li>GILDAN </li></ul><ul><li>We have been here before. </li></ul><ul><li>There has to be a REGIONAL organizing drive in Central America. </li></ul>
  21. 22. The $3 Fruit of the Loom PITT logo t-shirts are worth NOTHING! <ul><li>The university is eating the ENTIRE cost of this t-shirt to support it’s marketing program. </li></ul><ul><li>There is NO COORELATION between the cost of logo athletic apparel the cost of labor </li></ul>
  22. 23. FIRE! FIRE! Use you “sweatfree” policy now, please. <ul><li>UPITT/CMU/ Indiana University of PA/Minor League Baseball </li></ul><ul><li>Collegiate Licensing Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Russell Athletics </li></ul><ul><li>Fruit of the Loom </li></ul><ul><li>Warren Buffet </li></ul><ul><li>Russell is somewhat unique in that it is a brand that owns its own factories… they have 8 in Honduras. </li></ul><ul><li>Fruit of the Loom is the manufacturer of the $3 shirts advertised in the PITT bookstore… factories in El Salvador and Nicaragua. </li></ul>
  23. 24. October 2007 – Jan 1020 Negotiations are not a dance! <ul><li>Russell and Universities ignore the worker testimony – cutting contracts is a LAST option </li></ul><ul><li>80 Universities (not PITT) out of 200 + WRC affiliates dump Russell Athletic. </li></ul><ul><li>Students take protests to Target and the NBA. </li></ul><ul><li>--- </li></ul><ul><li>What calculations do the WRC staff make when the launch an investigation? </li></ul>
  24. 25. Why didn’t Chancellor Nordenberg hear? <ul><li>150 Pitt Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Sports Fans and Students asked to respond and support the Russell workers. </li></ul><ul><li>These decisions are being made in the sports merchandizing department. </li></ul><ul><li>How do we move from a business decision to and decision process that represents the universities mission and obligation to Human Rights? </li></ul>
  25. 26. Workable VS Bogus Anti Sweatshop Policies <ul><li>WORKABLE – for the purpose of protecting workers rights </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on Freedom of Association </li></ul><ul><li>Fire alarm approach to researching complaints </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLES </li></ul><ul><li>Worker testimony </li></ul><ul><li>Workers Rights Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>NOTE: Credible approaches emphasis HUMAN RIGHTS, and standards set forth by the International Labor Organization (ILO) </li></ul><ul><li>BOGUS – for the purpose of protecting brand reputations </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring that is paid for by brands and labels and retailers </li></ul><ul><li>“ SweatFree” Certifications </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLES, oh there are so many </li></ul><ul><li>Fair Labor Association </li></ul><ul><li>Nike’s auditors </li></ul><ul><li>World Wide Responsible Apparel Project </li></ul><ul><li>NOTE: The “Made in the USA” label is not a designation that tells us anything about working conditions </li></ul>
  26. 27. WORKABLE Anti Sweatshop Policies in Western PA <ul><li>Procurement </li></ul><ul><li>City of Pittsburgh </li></ul><ul><li>Allegheny County </li></ul><ul><li>Commonwealth of PA </li></ul><ul><li>- Potential PASCA likes - </li></ul><ul><li>Pittsburgh Public Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics </li></ul><ul><li>Allegheny County Airport Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Carnegie Mellon U </li></ul><ul><li>Duquesne U </li></ul><ul><li>Carlow U </li></ul><ul><li>Potential PASCA likes - </li></ul><ul><li>Pittsburgh Pirates </li></ul><ul><li>U PITT </li></ul><ul><li>Woodland School District Hills does licensing </li></ul><ul><li>PA State System of Higher Ed </li></ul>
  27. 28. Invitations to Anti Sweatshop Policy Meeting on April 27 – 2 PM We are no longer implementing policies proactively – we are responding to worker testimony. We are remediating sweatshop factory conditions now.
  28. 29. What is so hard about implementing these policies? <ul><li>Politicians/Organizational leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Have to acknowledge that they are currently sourcing from sweatshops </li></ul><ul><li>This is not a “Made in the USA” policy </li></ul><ul><li>“ I don’t know” </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Are not supposed to be in the news. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid judgment calls </li></ul><ul><li>This requires a new kinds of inter governmental cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Want to avoid comparisons with other institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Intergovernmental </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation: ROCKSALT </li></ul><ul><li>Intercollegiate Cooperation: MARCH MADDNESS </li></ul><ul><li>Government and Universities Working Together? </li></ul>
  29. 30. What is the cost to Pittsburgh interest groups of demanding that the Pirates protect the rights of workers sewing our team apparel? What is it is worth? What is the value – to people in Western PA – of a global apparel union organizing drive? How do we make this demand and DELIVER SOLIDARITY? <ul><li>BOARD MEMBERS </li></ul><ul><li>Appointed by the Mayor and Chief Executive </li></ul><ul><li>Democratic Party “HEAVY LIFTERS” </li></ul><ul><li>John Chalovich </li></ul><ul><li>Chairman </li></ul><ul><li>Electrial Workers Union </li></ul><ul><li>William H. Curtis </li></ul><ul><li>Local Minister </li></ul><ul><li>Darlene M. Harris </li></ul><ul><li>President of City council </li></ul><ul><li>Edie Shapira </li></ul><ul><li>Psychologist </li></ul><ul><li>Anthony J. Ross </li></ul><ul><li>Wayne Fontana </li></ul><ul><li>State Senator </li></ul><ul><li>Sean Logan </li></ul><ul><li>State Senator </li></ul><ul><li>These people have NEVER disagreed on ANY agenda item in public. How fast can you count to one billion? </li></ul>
  30. 31. How to WIN a WRC affiliation campaign… <ul><li>Do not accept limitations on who can participate in bargaining. </li></ul><ul><li>Build a REGIONAL student organization. </li></ul><ul><li>File complaint against the U Pitt Administration with the PA Human Relations Commission. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not accept Free Speech limitations in the Cathedral of Learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the testimony of the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity. </li></ul><ul><li>Return to the discussion about Russell Athletics. </li></ul><ul><li>YOU CHOOSE the day that PITT joins the WRC and make it happen… this is NOT a multi semester campaign. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that WRC affiliation is not an end, it is the beginning. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay focused on HUMAN RIGHTS </li></ul>
  31. 32. There is a CONSTELATION of anti sweatshop organizations that each need to be scrutinized and judged: <ul><li>There is no “Anti Sweatshop Movement” with resources or political will. </li></ul><ul><li>THERE IS a global apparel union organizing drive, a powerful community of interest amongst workers sewing apparel for import into the United States, they have shown persistence and demonstrated courage. They want and need our solidarity. </li></ul><ul><li>Pittsburgh Anti Sweatshop Community Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>SweatFree Communities </li></ul><ul><li>International Labor Rights Forum </li></ul><ul><li>United Students Against Sweatshops/SLAP/USSA </li></ul><ul><li>Educating for Justice </li></ul><ul><li>National Labor Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Unions </li></ul><ul><li>USW </li></ul><ul><li>SEUI Workers United </li></ul><ul><li>IWW </li></ul><ul><li>Local groups like those co-sponsoring the April 27/Bangladesh testimony at the August Wilson Center </li></ul><ul><li>Which groups are you going to put your energy into and why? </li></ul>
  32. 33. What is the connection between sweatshop working conditions in Bangladesh and police brutality in Pittsburgh? HUMAN RIGHTS The Pittsburgh Anti Sweatshop Community Alliance is a Human Rights organization. The need for Independent Monitoring of garment factories is similar to the need for Citizen Police Oversight. You cannot have the fox guarding the hen house.
  33. 35. Black and White Runion Summit Against Racism 2010 Jonny Gammage Scholarship Questions <ul><li>* To what degree is police brutality racially motivated? </li></ul><ul><li>* To what degree does police brutality disproportionatly effect the African American community? </li></ul>
  34. 36.   <ul><li>    PASCA is launching a campaign aimed at convincing the Board of the August Wilson Center to acknowledge Dennis Brutus with a permanent exhibition. </li></ul>PASCA is one of several organizations preparing for a tribute to Dennis Brutus and Howard Zinn on Sunday, April 18 from 1 -3 PM in the PITT Graduate School for Public Health’s Auditorium.
  35. 37. How are Dennis Brutus, Roberto Clemente and Mohammad Ali connected?
  36. 38. Did you know B-PEP is a Human Rights organization? Buy your tickets for B-PEP JAZZ here/TONIGHT!
  37. 39. Workers from Bangladesh will testify at the August Wilson Center on Tuesday April 27 at 7 PM . We need your help to make this event a success! Help us find co-sponsors. Meet with anti sweatshop policy implementation people to prepare for this event. Empower the people you know with this testimony. Own it. THANK YOU EARLY BIRD Co-sponsors! Pittsburgh IWW, Black Political Empowerment Project, State Senator Jim Ferlo, William Robinson Consulting, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, National Labor Committee, Western PA Jobs with Justice, Freedom Unlimited, Steel Valley Printers/USW Local 3403
  38. 40. Celebrate AND Protest on the International Workers Holiday EXAMPLE: Baltimore’s United Workers Our Harbor Day Pittsburgh IWW May Day Committee – Meet Alex and Evan! NOTE: May Day this year is on a Saturday and coincides with PITT graduation! Ummm
  39. 41. Members of the Pittsburgh Anti Sweatshop Community Alliance talk talk talk to baseball fans about sweatshops at PNC Park. We petition, leaflet, perform, commandeer, protest the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club, not the fans. PNC Park is our CIVIL RIGHTS BRIDGE to the floor of the global sweatshop. We try to represent PITTSBURGH history and values and labor. <ul><li>Sweatshop All Star Video </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>