Blog: March 2011

Center for American Progress Holds Screening of Triangle Remembering the Fire

On the day of the fire at 4:40pm the 8th floor caught aflame (from what is thought to be a discarded cigarette), there was no plan, never even practice of a fire drill. After eighteen minutes of the fire, the last body jumped from the window ceil to her death. While some were saved from a jam packed elevator, others searched for a way to exit the flames that possessed their workplace. Unfortunately 146 people were caught in the inescapable fire.

Remembering the Triangle: Not One More Fire!

For those familiar with the Triangle fire tragedy, the stories are all too familiar: Locked doors. Missing fire extinguishers. Callous management. Workers who can’t escape the deadly smoke and fire.

As a result, ILRF is working with partner organizations in Bangladesh to demand safer working conditions and respect for labor rights, including the right to organize and bargain collectively for better wages and safe working conditions.

Low Wages and Long Working Hours

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition: Some Product Information for Consumers, But What About the Workers?

The formation of this Coalition is meant to address a systemic structural problem that plagues the industry – the supply chain for any particular product is spread out over many contractor factories, often in different countries, and under no direct control of the brand manufacturer that sells the product.  Therefore it is a challenge for companies to know the details about the environmental conditions under which the entire product is made, and also impossible for consumers to know much about the sustainability of these produ

Bargaining Rights Are Human Rights

A 2007 decision by the ILO sustained a complaint filed by the United Electrical Workers against the State of North Carolina for its prohibition on collective bargaining for public employees. The ILO called on the United States to "promote the establishment of a collective bargaining framework in the public sector in North Carolina," and called specifically for the repeal of North Carolina General Statute 95-98, the state law that prohibits public employee collective bargaining.

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