Bill targets U.S. companies profiting from sweatshops overseas

McClatchy Newspapers


WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at preventing American companies from profiting from the use of foreign sweatshops and other unfair labor practices abroad.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, joined four Democrats and independent Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont in sponsoring a bill that would allow U.S. firms to sue competitors that they believe are selling imported products made in overseas sweatshops.

Senators seek ban on "sweatshop" imports


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six U.S. senators introduced a bill on Tuesday to stop imports of clothing and other goods made under "sweatshop" conditions, as part of a bigger effort to refashion trade policy to boost workers' rights.

"This ... is legislation we will push very hard this year," said Sen. Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat and leading critic of President George W. Bush's handling of trade... 

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Wal Mart's supplier in Cavite to go on strike, calls for boycott

Worker's Assistance Center

A labor union of a company who is producing garment products for Wal Mart, the biggest retail store in the US, is posing to hold a strike following their employers' refusal to begin negotiations for worker's benefits and welfare.

The Chong Won Fashion, Inc., a Korean-owned garment factory, has since refused and opposing to begin negotiations with the union for their collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The company supplies garment products for US-based retail store Wal Mart.

Wal-Mart, Retailers Stumble Overseas as U.S. Formulas Falter

Bloomberg News

By Lauren Coleman-Lochner in New York

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- When it comes to selling overseas, the strategies of American retailers don't always translate.

The failed attempt of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, to conquer Germany illustrates the pitfalls of trying to stamp the U.S. model on another culture. Companies from Starbucks Corp. to Toys ``R'' Us Inc. have had to change the formulas that brought them domestic success when they have expanded abroad.

Senate Subcommittee Hears Mix of Views On Bill to Ban Import of Sweatshop Products

Daily Report for Executives

By Kevin McGowan

No. 31

Page A-27

ISSN 1523-567X

Regulation & Law

International Trade

A union representative, workers' rights advocates, and two foreign laborers told a Senate trade subcommittee Feb. 14 that legislation (S. 367) that would bar the import or sale of "sweatshop products" in the United States would help curtail a "race to the bottom" in which multinational companies seeking low-cost labor tolerate abusive working conditions in overseas plants.

Organic for everyone, the Wal-Mart way

Fortune Magazine

By Marc Gunther, Fortune senior writer

NEW YORK (Fortune) -- The $300-billion global cotton industry uses more pesticides and synthetic fertilizers than any other crop. Cotton Inc., the industry trade group, says that's nothing to worry about, but you don't have to be a scientist to know that applying tons and tons of pesticides to the soil - more than 50 million pounds in the United States alone - probably isn't a good thing.

Labor Compliance Issue Comes to the Forefront

Women's Wear Daily

Excerpt from article:

The way the apparel industry addresses labor rights abroad has evolved
over the past decade, but as the abuses in Jordanian factories that came
to light last year attest, much work remains to be done.

On the forefront of the labor issue is Marcela Manubens, vice president
of global human rights and social responsibility at Phillips-Van Heusen
Corp., considered a leader in the area.

"Compliance is, in fact, an important element of our sourcing
strategy," Manubens said... 


Fair Trade Opens New Opportunities for Garment Sector

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka’s garment sector is linking up with the global Fair Trade movement. Already one company, Ocean Lanka, has qualified as a Fair Trade manufacturer while other firms are also giving this hitherto, almost-unknown concept the once over.

The Fair Trade movement is a global social movement to promote ‘fair’ international trade. This means producing and selling goods in a socially and environmentally friendly fashion. In Europe and the US the movement is gaining momentum with more consumers in these countries asking for Fair Trade goods...


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