Sweatshop Workers Speak Out

When: Thu., Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m. 2013

A light breakfast will be provided. Come join faith, labor and community members to hear from garment workers who sew apparel in Honduran and Haitian factories owned and contracted by Gildan Activewear, a Montreal-based apparel company that supplies government entities in addition to companies like Adidas and Walmart. A worker from Haiti will speak about her union's protracted struggle to force Gildan to honor a nationwide minimum wage increase for some of the poorest garment workers in the world. A worker from Honduras will tell stories of death threats and intimidation she and her co-workers faced when organizing to improve working conditions in their factory. Workers will be speaking out across New York in the backdrop of a mounting campaign demanding New York State eliminate sweatshops from its purchasing supply chain. Thanks to the efforts of sweatshop-free advocates, New York State has joined the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium in 2009 and its representative member is the President of the Consortium. Yet, despite its leadership, New York has declined to pass a meaningful sweatshop-free Code of Conduct and continues to purchase its apparel from sweatshops. Come, listen, and take action with students and community members to hold NYS and Gildan accountable for conditions in their factories. Sponsors: Metro Justice, Gandhi Institute, Rochester Genesee Region American Baptist Churches USA, Labor Religion Coalition of NYS, Sweatfree Communities, United Students Against Sweatshops