Woven Together: Students & Workers Bringing Living-Wage Union Apparel to Your Community
Event ends: March 3, 2012 8:00 pm
The victory of more than a decade of activism by United Students Against Sweatshops in solidarity with worker organizing, Alta Gracia is a ground-breaking garment factory in the Dominican Republic that produces college apparel and pays a living-wage of over three times the local minimum wage. Workers at Alta Gracia are treated with respect and have an independent union -- a voice on the job.
Hear from Maritza Vargas and Ana Doñe Mariñez, garment workers whose families and community are being transformed by living wages and international solidarity. The Alta Gracia factory is monitored by the independent labor rights watchdog, the Worker Rights Consortium, and supplies logo clothing sold in bookstores at 350 universities and custom-imprinted logo tees are available via the distributor Ethix Merch. Click here to learn more about Alta Gracia and watch video clips of Maritza and Ana.
Join us for a discussion on sourcing living-wage and union-made apparel for universities, uniformed employees, and everyday consumers.
Event sponsors include AFL-CIO, Busboys & Poets, Citizens Trade Campaign, DC Employment Justice Center, Dominican American National Roundtable, Educating for Justice, Fair Trade Federation, Franciscan Action Network, Ignatian Solidarity Network, International Labor Rights Forum, Kalmanowitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, KIVA, ROC-DC, Solidarity Center, SweatFree Communities, United Students Against Sweatshops, and United Students for Fair Trade.