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Garment Workers

The Dichotomy of Fashion Pervades Fashion Week

Mattias Wallander | Posted 09.16.2015 | Green
Mattias Wallander

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Like a storyline from a Charles Dicken's novel, this Fall's Fashion Week was the epitome of the aristocracy living high on the backs of proverbial peasants.

How Mobile Phones May Prevent the Next Rana Plaza Disaster

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

One moment Reshma Begum was sewing. The next she was falling from her station on the second floor into the basement of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh.

Workplace Injury Insurance Must Be Part of the Rana Plaza Legacy

Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

Prevention is key but it is just as important to be prepared in case of future accidents. This can be done through an employment injury insurance (EII) scheme that spreads the risks across all employers at the national level.

Kim Bhasin

Can You Make Clothes Without Sweatshop Labor? This Dominican Factory Is Trying | Kim Bhasin | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business

Somewhere in the south-central Dominican Republic, on a stretch of land in a town called Villa Altagracia, sits a unique little clothing factory. The ...

Kim Bhasin

Gap Is Starting To Make Clothes In Myanmar, Where Workers Are Horribly Mistreated | Kim Bhasin | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business

Gap is proudly touting its plans to start making clothes in Myanmar. One executive even called it a "historic moment" for the beleaguered Southeast As...

DON'T shop like a jerk. Here's How

Carina Kolodny | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact

While "being the change" usually drums up images of voting and volunteerism, one of the biggest ways we can impact the world around us is with our wal...

Life on $3 a Day: Garment Workers and Cambodia's Struggle for Human Rights

Elizabeth Daube | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Daube

Despite a day filled with marches and demonstrations, Phnom Penh remained relatively calm. The only government reaction: quietly relocating a dozen protesters who had camped outside the U.S. embassy. Fast forward a few weeks, and the demonstrations have taken a dramatic and deadly turn.

Garment Worker Wage Movement Spreads

AP | Posted 12.26.2013 | Business

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Several thousand garment workers pressing for higher wages joined opposition activists in protests in Cambodia's capital...

Kim Bhasin

The Truth About 'Made In China' | Kim Bhasin | Posted 06.12.2013 | Business

Ben Walters was unimpressed the first time he stepped into a Chinese factory. “It was incredibly primitive,” he said. “Safe but small, and us...

450 Factory Workers Fall Ill In Bangladesh

AP | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- About 450 garment workers fell ill during their shifts at a sweater factory near Bangladesh's capital, and authorities said Thurs...

Kim Bhasin

Walmart And Gap Unite On Bangladesh | Kim Bhasin | Posted 05.30.2013 | Business

Walmart and Gap are working on their own independent safety plan to prompt reform in Bangladesh after both retailers declined to sign the Accord on Fi...

Kim Bhasin

American Apparel CEO Thrashes H&M | Kim Bhasin | Posted 05.30.2013 | Business

American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been on the warpath since the deadly collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh took the lives of more t...

Dave Jamieson

Bangladesh Garment Industry Traded Workplace Safety For Jobs | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.23.2013 | Business

Like millions of other young women in Bangladesh, Sumi Abedin forged her place in the modern economy at a sewing machine inside an urban garment facto...

The True Price of a Pair of Jeans: Documentary Offers a Glimpse at the Grim Reality Behind the Outsourcing of Garment Production

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Julie Flynn Badal

York and Majid's timely film, The Machinists, is a visual document of the exploitation of garment workers in Bangladesh. The film gives voice to three young people working in the factories in Dhaka.

Savar Tragedy, Garments Industry and Bangladesh

Muhammad Yunus | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Muhammad Yunus

Both the national and the international businesses should feel as though the workers are a part of their family. The days of slave labor have to come to an end. It is better to start the process now, before more ugly incidents occur.

Emran Hossain

Plodding Rescue In Factory Collapse Fuels Rage In Bangladesh | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.29.2013 | World

Shahana Akter somehow survived at least four days beneath the rubble of the eight-story Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, the collapsed factory building where...

Emran Hossain

Stench Of Bodies, Disorganization Slow Bangladesh Rescue Effort | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.26.2013 | World

The stench of decomposing bodies is hindering rescue efforts in Bangladesh's garment industry hub of Savar, witnesses say, as untold numbers of dead a...

Emran Hossain

Workers Clubbed By Police In Wake Of Deadly Building Collapse | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.26.2013 | World

Protesters calling for the death of a building owner in Bangladesh whose eight-story structure collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least 290 people, we...

Emran Hossain

Workers Forced To Clock In At Building That Would Become Their Death Trap | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.25.2013 | Business

The number of dead continues to rise in Bangladesh as rescuers sort through the debris of an eight-story building that collapsed Wednesday morning, cl...

Dave Jamieson

Safety Inspections At Deadly Factories 'A Facade' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The leading federation of labor unions in the U.S. has issued a withering critique of so-called social auditing programs, the corporate-...

Practice What You Preach: How the US Government Can End Bangladesh's Factory Fires

Bama Athreya | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Bama Athreya

Would it surprise you to learn that the factory was used by companies who make federal uniforms? Labor rights organizations were able to photograph labels in the factory wreckage linking Tazreen to two US government contractors.

Desperate Workers Demand To Return To Site Of Horrible Blaze

AP | JULHAS ALAM | Posted 01.30.2013 | Business

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Hundreds of garment workers protested Friday outside a Bangladeshi factory where 112 people were killed by a fire, demanding...

Forever 21 Under Investigation "Sweatshop-Like" Factories In L.A.

The Huffington Post | Alice Hines | Posted 10.26.2012 | Business

The leggings you just bought at Forever 21 may have more problems with them than an excess of sequins. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, F...

H&M Urges Developing Country To Raise Its Minimum Wage

Posted 09.05.2012 | Business

Workers in Bangladesh could soon be making more money thanks to an unlikely savior: H&M. The retailer’s CEO, Karl-Johan Persson, asked Banglades...

Bangladesh's Garment Workers Brave Deadly Fires To Make Luxury American Clothing

Posted 05.02.2012 | World

By Maher Sattar, GlobalPost ASHULIA, Bangladesh — On Dhaka’s northwestern edge, the suburb of Ashulia is a favorite getaway for those s...