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 Sweatshops: Harsh Conditions Create Public Support for Reform
Sweatshop conditions received further attention after a fire in New York's Triangle Shirtwaist factory in 1911.
Sweatshops are again a familiar fixture in the garment industry.
Sweatshops are also common in other cities with large immigrant communities.
www.heartsandminds.org /articles/sweat.htm   (1080 words)

 Historical Development of the Sweatshop - UNC- CH   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A key factor in the reduction of sweatshops in the 1930s was the establishment of "joint liability," which held a manufacturer responsible for the wages and conditions of its subcontractors.
Sweatshops arise not only from subcontracting arrangements with multinationals, but also from domestic producers who take advantage of the low wages and lax labor regulations of their home countries.
Sweatshops are not, nor have they ever been, the "natural" result of an economic system, but the deliberate attempt by firms to exploit and marginalize their labor force, abetted by approving governments.
www.unc.edu /~andrewsr/ints092/sweat.html   (5441 words)

 Frequently Asked Questions About Sweatshops
Sweatshop operators are notorious for avoiding giving maternity leave by firing pregnant women and forcing women workers to take birth control or to abort their pregnancies.
Sweatshop operators can best control a pool of workers that are ignorant of their rights as workers.
Sweatshops began to reappear again, however, during the 1980's and 1990's because of economic globalization.
www.feminist.org /other/sweatshops/sweatfaq.html   (1841 words)

 Sweatshop - Knowmore   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Some countries where sweatshops are found forbid the practice of trade unionization, making it difficult for employees to protest their treatment.
Sweatshop labour is a focus of the anti-globalization movement, which has accused many companies (such as the Walt Disney Company, The Gap, and Nike) of using sweatshops.
In response to voluntary efforts to raise wages in sweatshops such as the Fair Olympics movement, some people maintain that what some may consider to be sweatshops are actually a preferable mode than other alternatives available such as agriculture or prosititution.
www.knowmore.org /index.php/Sweatshop   (839 words)

 South-Western: Sweatshops
This argument is sometimes based on a belief that firms operating sweatshops are receiving positive economic profits as a result of the exploitation of their workers.
While much of the anti-sweatshop movement is directed at foreign sweatshops, activists note that sweatshops still exist in the U.S. Studies suggest that a substantial proportion of plants in the domestic textile industry are in violation of laws concerning the minimum wage, overtime pay, or OSHA regulations.
Opponents of sweatshops argue that the globalization that has resulted from the relaxation of trade barriers has resulted in a shift of employment in several manufacturing industries from industrialized economies to low-wage economies in which sweatshop production is commonplace.
www.swlearning.com /economics/policy_debates/sweatshops.html   (4499 words)

 Pop Sweatshop - Our Mission
Pop Sweatshop is an independent record label and production company whose focus is on approaching the production and sales of music in a new, innovative, and alternative way.
Pop Sweatshop seeks to bring quality recordings to market that have the potential to be signed to major label deals but can and do survive and have the potential for profit without major label involvement.
When you buy a CD from Pop Sweatshop, you are supporting hardworking Artists, who believe in themselves and their work enough to sacrifice whatever it takes to create.
www.popsweatshop.com /mission.html   (322 words)

 Sweatshop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sweatshops exist in developing, industrial, and post-industrial economies alike, but most modern controversies have followed the sweatshops themselves as production jobs have shifted to the developing world of wages or workplace safety, or employers that prevent workers from unionizing or advocating for themselves in other ways.
It is also used to suggest a workplace that is physically or mentally abusive, or that crowds, confines, or compels workers, or forces them to work long and unreasonable hours, as would be the case with penal labor or slave labor.
In the sweatshop of 1850, the role of the sweater as middleman and subcontractor (or sub-subcontractor) was considered key, because he served to keep workers isolated in small workshops.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sweatshop   (3018 words)

The very word "sweatshop" comes from the apparel industry, where profits were "sweated" out of workers by forcing them to work longer and faster at their sewing machines.
A few real-life activists worried that the mainstream media was trivializing the movement by skirting the key issues ("the importance of unionized labor, the globalization of the economy, etc.") as well as focusing most of that episode on the characters' love life.
It has also given thousands of students experience in the nuts and bolts of social activism, many of whom are likely to carry their idealism and organizing experiences with them into jobs with unions, community and environmental groups, and other public interest crusades.
members.tripod.com /platforum/anti-sweatshop_history.htm   (4405 words)

 ...SweatShop Watch ...Frequently Asked Questions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Sweatshop Watch is a small organization and unfortunately we do not have the resources to answer each individual question.
Corporate giants such as Disney make their products in over 20,000 factories around the world.[2] Assessing the working conditions in such a large and far-flung industry is nearly impossible, especially because these retailers do not disclose their factory locations and because they can easily move production as workers demand better conditions.
Sweatshop Watch urges consumers to recognize worker-led campaigns—including boycotts that are led by workers themselves—and participate in the fight for fair working conditions.
www.sweatshopwatch.org /index.php?s=18   (1750 words)

 Sweatshop Union Biography
Sweatshop Union have been working hard over the past three years leaving a lasting impression behind wherever they go.
Sweatshop Union capitalized on the video exposure by hitting the road with the likes of label mates Swollen Members and Abstract Rude, as well as other heavy hitters Jurassic 5 and Blackalicious.
Sweatshop Union went back into the studio in late 2003 and produced their critically acclaimed Juno nominated sophomore album ‘Natural Progression’ which was released in February of 2004.
www.maplemusic.com /artists/swt/bio.asp   (361 words)

 Santa's Little Sweatshop
When sweatshops finally made the headlines last spring, it was because of a celebrity's tearful claims of innocence.
As the Monitor reported in January, Disney and other corporations have depended upon sweatshops in Haiti to sew Pocahontas pajamas and other Disney theme clothing, where workers are paid just 12 cents an hour.
The story became more about Gifford's redemption than hellish sweatshop conditions -- all the better for columnists to joke that her tearful protests were a welcome change from her singing and peppy talk show chit-chat.
www.monitor.net /monitor/sweatshop/ss-intro.html   (2940 words)

 Co-op America's Ending Sweatshops Program: Retailer Scorecard Rating Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, and more
With sweatshop abuses spanning the globe, and with more and more giant corporations subcontracting their manufacturing to third parties, making an informed choice about where to shop for sweatshop-free products can be daunting.
One of the most powerful things you can do as a consumer is to avoid companies with poor human rights records and shop with responsible companies who go the extra mile to treat their workers with dignity and give them a living wage.
Tarrant: The nonprofit Sweatshop Watch reported in March of 2004 that the remaining 500 workers at the Tarrant Apparel Group's factory in Ajalpan, Mexico, were fired after trying to organize a union.
www.coopamerica.org /programs/sweatshops/scorecard.cfm   (1045 words)

 SweatShop Fitness - Fitness ala carte   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The SweatShop's founder and president Gayle Winegar was profiled in the Macalester College Fall "Macalester Today" magazine.
SweatShop hosts an Open House Weekend to allow non-members to experience the best of classes, staff, and members.
The Sweatshop isn’t simply a gym but a community filled with highly experienced professionals who will do everything the...
www.sweatshopfitness.com   (423 words)

 Newsom & Ammiano Propose Sweatshop-Free Ordinance
"Sweatshop labor practices- including use of forced and child labor are antithetical to the values of our city and county," said Mayor Gavin Newsom.
The code of conduct mandates that these companies' workers are paid a living wage, adjusted by labor market; afforded the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining; and provided with safe working conditions and a non-discriminatory environment.
In order to ensure that good intentions are translated into good results, funding for enforcement by the city as well as by a non-profit, independent monitor will be included in the city's budget.
www.globalexchange.org /campaigns/sweatshops/3209.html   (181 words)

 What is a Sweatshop ?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The working definition of a sweatshop as defined by the US General Accounting Office is a place in which "an employer...violates more than one federal or state labor, industrial homework, occupational safety and health, workers' compensation, or industry regulation law."
Often, sweatshop workers, generally young girls aged 14-25, work 60-80 hours a week and still aren't paid enough money to put food on the table and give medicine to their children.
The use of sweatshops is not a new concept.
www.nlcnet.org /scale/sweatshop.htm   (515 words)

 EconLog, Sweatshop Wages, Arnold Kling: Library of Economics and Liberty
The apparel industry has been widely criticized for “exploiting” Third World workers in sweatshops, but the data show that these workers are better off than most people in their countries.
This is entirely unsurprising to anyone that's followed the sweatshop debate for a while, but here's more evidence that sweatshops are good: We examined the apparel industry in 10 Asian and Latin American countries often accused of having sweatshops an......
Benjamin Powell and David Skarbek write on sweatshop wages in the Christian Science Monitor:While more than half of the population in most of the countries we studied lived on less than $2 per day, in 90 percent of the countries, working a 10-hour day......
econlog.econlib.org /archives/2005/08/sweatshop_wages.html   (1188 words)

 Common Sense in Sweatshop Cents by Vedran Vuk
People pushing the idea of a sweatshop as the only choice for employment are missing the common sense in sweatshop cents: Suppose, I want to open a sweatshop in a third world country.
China is one of the most notorious locations for sweatshops, yet 49% of citizens are involved in agriculture and another 29% in services.
Sweatshops are not the only option to those seeking labor.
www.lewrockwell.com /orig6/vuk8.html   (1156 words)

The first issue of Sweatshop introduces Mel Bowling, a right-wing jerk of a cartoonist who rides on the back of a long career, established reputation and an unappreciated staff that actually does all the work.
It also introduces Elliot, the new guy in the office, who serves not only as a point-of-view character into the twisted world of Bowling's office but as an element to shake things up for the cast of characters who had gotten used to the run-of-the-mill insanity that has been their status quo.
Sweatshop is something quite unusual for DC, and they seem to have struck gold in these relatively unmined hills.
www.thefourthrail.com /features/0103/sweatshop.shtml   (859 words)

 New University Anti-Sweatshop Policy - February 2004
The new policy is an outgrowth of the work done by the Task Force on Sweatshop Labor that President Hitchcock established in April 2000 and reflects, in part, changes in state law that enable the University to align its purchasing practices with its commitment to social justice.
As you may recall, students at UAlbany and campuses across the nation spearheaded a drive a number of years ago to end deplorable working conditions – “sweatshop” labor – in a number of nations around the world, particularly in the manufacture of collegiate apparel.
I am especially grateful to the student, faculty and staff members of the Task Force on Sweatshop Labor, led by School of Social Welfare Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson.
www.albany.edu /main/announcement/anti-sweatshop.htm   (546 words)

 Sweatshop Journal
The summit results in part in a "Statement of Principles," which is presented by the National Retail Federation as part of their efforts to curb sweatshop labor.
When police raid four garment sweatshops in New York City, one is found assembling a discount clothing line endorsed by model actress Kathy Ireland.
Prompted by the increased interest in foreign and domestic sweatshops, President Clinton calls together top executives in the clothing industry for a discussion on how unions, government, and the apparel industry can work together to improve working conditions.
www.msnbc.com /onair/nbc/dateline/time.asp   (1323 words)

 Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center
The sweatshop problem is only one of the issues they focus on.
A summary of their comprehensive book on sweatshops, the garment industry, codes of conduct and the issues surrounding it are on the web.
This is a muckraker organization that uncovers horrific sweatshop conditions in Asia and Latin America, including the abuses at the Kathee Lee Gifford factories in Honduras.
www.ipjc.org /publications/sweatshops_sites.htm   (925 words)

 Co-op America's Ending Sweatshops Program: Economic action to end sweatshop and forced child labor
Sweatshops and child labor are a growing problem, particularly in clothing and textiles.
No one wants to buy products made with sweatshop labor, but it is hard to know what to avoid, and where to find green and Fair Trade products.
Co-op America's Sweatshop News pulls news from the international press to keep you up to date on companies and industries implicated in sweatshop and child labor, union-busting, and human rights abuse here and around the world.
www.sweatshops.org   (212 words)

 ...SweatShop Watch ...Modern day sweatshops   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
In 1995, two major sweatshop exposes rocked the nation and put sweatshops back in the public eye.
Because of forced overtime to meet rush orders, the children were not permitted to attend night school, where from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm they could have studied to complete their grammar school educations.
Since these sweatshops were discovered, other companies have been charged with using sweatshop labor in the U.S. and around the world including Nike, Gap, and others.
www.sweatshopwatch.org /index.php?s=67   (393 words)

 SweatShop Fitness - Special Events - Open House Weekend Nov. 4-5 - News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The Sweatshop’s goal is to support you in living a fulfilling, satisfying life starting with your health.
This is why the Sweatshop has pooled all of its resources and put them in to one package.
The Sweatshop is offering this $1,100 value for $895 for non-members and $745 for current members.
www.sweatshopfitness.com /modules/news   (695 words)

Sweatshop is a mixture of American and English music from the 60's to the 90's.
Sweatshop est un mélange de musiques Américaine et Anglaise des années 60 à 90.
A DJ and a rookie producer, who both had a long experience at the turntables within the Belgian electro scene, formed Sweatshop in 2001 for the fun of mixing together.
profile.myspace.com /index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=50373482   (1323 words)

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