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Worker Rights

103 Years After Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Garment Industry Still Costs Lives

On March 25, 1911, a large fire engulfed a clothing factory in New York City killing 146 workers, most of whom were immigrant women. While the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire became…

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Australia Revokes 18-Year-Old Anti-Sweatshop Program

Photo by Shutterstock Australia’s federal government is withdrawing its support from a longstanding program that protects the country’s garment workers from sweatshop…

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European Clothing Brands Have "Long Way to Go" Before Living Wages Become a Reality

Photo by Munir Uz Zaman for AFP A “living wage” may be a human right, yet when it comes to facilitating lives of dignity for the workers who produce their clothes, most of…

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Eliza Bennett Embroiders Her Flesh as a Statement on "Women's Work"

Textile manipulation, embroidery, and ornamental decoration have long been seen as residing within the realm of the private feminine. Backbreaking and dirty manual labor is…

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Kathie Lee Gifford Compares Oscar Red Carpet to "Sweatshop"

Photo by Christopher Halloran/Shutterstock Kathie Lee Gifford must have a short memory. On Wednesday’s episode of her podcast, Kathie Lee & Company, the NBC personality…

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LUSH to Remove Mica From Products Over Child-Labor Concerns

All that glitters is not gold. Such is the case with mica, a shimmery mineral that gives bronzers, eye shadows, lipsticks, foundations, and nail polishes their lit-from-within luster.…

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"Avoid" Browser Plugin Blocks Out Clothing Made by Child Laborers

Photo by Claudine Van Massenhove/Shutterstock If there’s one thing you don’t want weighing down your online shopping cart, it’s the more than 73 million child laborers…

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American Apparel Stirs Up Controversy With "Made in Bangladesh" Ad

American Apparel’s latest ad does what the controversial retailer does best: objectifying semi-naked women for the sake of pushing merchandise. Never mind that its “made in…

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Raise Money for Garment Workers' Rights With a "Six Items" Fashion Fast

Illustrations by Shutterstock How many items of clothing do you have in your closet and how much of your closet do you actually wear? Labour Behind the Label wants you to think long and…

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AllSaints, Urban Outfitters Fail to Address Forced Labor in Cotton Sourcing

Photo by Shutterstock Avoiding clothing associated with the exploitation of humans? You might want to give AllSaints, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21 a wide berth. The high-street…

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Meet Reba, an 18-Year-Old Survivor of Bangladesh's Rana Plaza Collapse

This is 18-year-old Reba Sikder in the jacket that my 12-year old grew out of two years ago. Thanks to the successive snow storms that hit Washington, D.C., we were lucky to have Reba…

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Khmer-American Artist Sews Dollar Bills Outside NYC H&M in Protest

LESS THAN THREE Two and two-thirds—the same amount of money a Cambodian garment worker makes in a day—is the sum that gave Eng’s “Less Than Three” campaign its…

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Walmart Announces $10 Million Fund to Support U.S. Manufacturing

Walmart isn’t exactly synonymous with “made in the U.S.A,” but the world’s largest retailer may be looking to temper its reputation. Walmart president Bill Simon…

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Maine Governor Paul LePage Wants Children to Work to Boost Economy

Maine’s Governor Paul LePage wowed the audience at the 73rd annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show by advocating to bring back child labor. The Tea Party politician urged the trade…

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U.S. Government Allegedly Buys Clothing From Overseas Sweatshops

Photo by Meridith Kohut for the New York Times When it comes to procuring clothing overseas, the United States government is “flouting its own advice,” the New York Times…

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Deadly Fire That Killed 7 at Garment Factory in Italy Had Barred Windows

Photos by Gianni Cipriano for the New York Times A deadly blaze in a sweat shop in Prato on the outskirts of Florence has left seven Chinese immigrant workers dead- and flared up racial…

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Canada's Ontario Government Says No to Sweatshop Labor for Clothing

Photo by Paul McKinnon/Shutterstock The Ontario government will be taking a giant step toward sustainability and ethical sourcing, by requiring the companies that make uniforms for…

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NPR's "Planet Money" Makes a T-shirt—This is What it Discovered

NPR’s Planet Money set out to make a T-shirt; not just any T-shirt, a T-shirt that could tell the story of its own conception from seed to store. Aside from an illustration of a…

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