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Dave Jamieson

How Did Old Navy Jeans End Up In A Factory Employing 12-Year-Olds?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Faced with footage of Bangladeshi girls as young as 12 working on jeans with "Old Navy" labels, Old Navy's parent company, Gap Inc., say...

Emran Hossain

Bangladesh's Labor Reform Puts Profits Before Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 07.25.2013 | World

In the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse that claimed 1,129 lives, the Bangladeshi government announced earlier this month that it had made doz...

Your "Distressed" Jeans Are Wearing Out Workers' Lungs

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.22.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

"Distressed" jeans are designed to make that wear-and-tear look seem oh-so-effortless, but it can be the result of someone's body taking a real beatin...

The Psychology of Sweatshop Labor

Neeru Paharia | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
Neeru Paharia

It seems if consumers really cared, there would be more demand for sweatshop-free products and more opportunities for companies to profit from such products.

From Dhaka to Broadway, Protests Target Bangladesh Factory Death Traps

Michelle Chen | Posted 08.28.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

The United States may lead the world in some measures of national wealth, but it is fiercely regressive when it comes to protecting the workers whose ...

Empowering Young Women Economically Through Fashion

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
G(irls)20

Fashion goes beyond glossy magazine pages; if used well, it introduces girls to policy issues, entrepreneurship, and science - some key skills for the modern female pioneer.

Oklahoma Sweatshop Tells One Story of Labor's Challenge

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business
Edwin D. Hill

All justice-loving citizens need to support regulatory and legislative efforts to more equally balance the playing field between employers and workers who -- like Dan Lee and his co-workers -- seek to turn today's sweatshops into decent, productive and family-sustaining places of work.

Thinking of Whoever Sewed My Drawers

Jarid Manos | Posted 08.07.2013 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

With the catastrophic clothing factory collapse in Bangladesh, I'd read about the question of why making clothes wasn't more automated, and somebody saying, "Nothing beats human hands."

Anger Rising in Bangladesh, Putting Big Brands Under Pressure

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

It's been about a month since the Rana Plaza factory complex crumbled into a cement grave for more than 1,100 Bangladeshi workers. Now, the dust has ...

Jobs and Justice: Raising the Floor on Worker Rights and Wages in Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
Beverly Bell

In discussions among foreigners about working conditions and wages in the assembly industry, we often hear, "But Haitians need jobs. Wouldn't things be worse without them?"

New York Times Deserves a Pulitzer Prize for Reporting on Bangladesh Sweatshops

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If journalism's role is to not only report the facts but also to expose wrongdoing, then the Times deserves kudos, and a Pulitzer Prize, for documenting and explaining the emergence of Bangladesh's new sweatshop economy as a major source of the clothing that American and European consumers buy every day.

Emran Hossain

Bangladesh Building Collapse Search Ends With Hundreds Still Missing

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 05.15.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Relatives of garment workers missing since last month's collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh demonstrated at the sit...

Another Deadly Industrial Accident In Bangladesh

Reuters | Serajul Quadir and Ruma Paul | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business

By Serajul Quadir and Ruma Paul DHAKA, May 9 (Reuters) - Eight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory in Bang...

Another Deadly Industrial Accident In Bangladesh

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business

DHAKA, May 9 (Reuters) - Eight people were killed when a fire swept through a garment factory in an industrial district of the Bangladeshi capital D...

10 Popular Retailers With Dark Labor Histories

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.06.2013 | Business

Promoting a socially responsible image is one way brands try to up their cool. But do brands really sacrifice their bottom line in order to stay true ...

A Floor of Decency

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.02.2013 | World
Robert Koehler

The system is broken. It's eating us alive. We do not value human life -- or, for that matter, life itself -- at the core of our social structure. But even the immensely powerful among us affect to value it after the fact, as rescuers pull bodies from the rubble and the survivors wail.

Emran Hossain

Thousands Still May Be Missing In Bangladesh Collapse

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.30.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Relatives of workers still missing in the collapsed Bangladesh factory building say the true number of dead is far greater than the offi...

Factory Collapse in Bangladesh Shows Cracks in the System

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.28.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

There are few ways to make a decent living in Bangladesh, but there are many ways to die trying. The cracks in the manufacturing system are showing. As workers grimly await the next tragedy, the world will ignore their warnings at its peril.

Emran Hossain

Stench Of Bodies, Disorganization Slow Bangladesh Rescue Effort

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Accountability for the Bangladesh Building Collapse: Blame Game or Real Change?

Beth English | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Beth English

If history is any guide, progress on workplace standards in Bangladesh and in other developing countries will be difficult to achieve and slow in coming.

Emran Hossain

Workers Clubbed By Police In Wake Of Deadly Building Collapse

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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-...

India Must Ban Child Labor

Gordon Brown | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
Gordon Brown

Pressure is mounting on the Indian Parliament to end child labor after 150,000 Indians signed an abolition petition demanding an immediate change in the child labor laws.

Bangladesh Fire Shows Why We Can't Trust Walmart to Green Its Supply Chain

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Achieving Walmart's stated goal of an "environmentally and socially responsible supply chain" entails phasing out Walmart itself and bringing an end to its inherently unaccountable and unsustainable system of production and distribution.