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Your Call: Students fight for workers' rights at home and abroad

Samer Muscati/ Human Rights Watch
Women in the sewing division of a factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Women constitute about 90 percent of the workforce in Cambodia’s garment industry.";s:


How are college students organizing against sweatshops? Members of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) have been fighting sweatshop conditions and poverty wages for 20 years.

USAS is currently pressuring college campuses to drop licensing contracts with Nike. The group reports unethical working conditions and lack of independent monitoring at a Nike factory in Vietnam. From sweatshops to college campuses, how are students fighting for workers rights?


Angeles Solis, national organizer with United Students Against Sweatshops

Ben Hensler, general counsel and deputy director of the Worker Rights Consortium

Web Resources:

United Students Against Sweatshops

Workers Rights Consortium

U.S. Department of Labor: List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law

Human Rights Watch: “Work Faster or Get Out” Labor Rights Abuses in Cambodia’s Garment Industry

In These Times: In the Global Apparel Industry, Abusive and Deadly Working Conditions Are Still the Norm

FiveThirtyEight: Where the U.S. Gets Its Clothing, One Year After the Bangladesh Factory Collapse

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