The International Labor Rights Forum and Sweatfree Communities were part of the host coalition for the Remember the Triangle Fire Centennial in March. They designed collectors-item international solidarity T-shirts to educate about the Triangle Fire and to help spread the message that worker deaths in garment industry fires are not only a concern of the past.
You can purchase your own commemorative T-shirt today from the ILRF website with a suggested donation of $20 (including shipping).
We love their T-shirt design, which features US labor activists from 100 years ago next to current Bangladeshi labor activists. We also loved the solidarity they showed by purchasing union made T-shirts. The purple women’s cut shirts were sewn by UFCW workers in Chicago, IL. The black unisex cut shirts were manufactured in the Dominican Republic by the unionized, living wage Alta Gracia factory.
And all the tees were union printed!
It’s awesome that these groups show tangible commitment to their (hard)core mission:
“ILRF is an advocacy organization dedicated to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide. ILRF serves a unique role among human rights organizations as advocates for and with working poor around the world. We believe that all workers have the right to a safe working environment where they are treated with dignity and respect, and where they can organize freely to defend and promote their rights and interests.”
As part of their ongoing campaigns to support workers everywhere, ILRF/Sweatfree Communities are calling on Walmart to take a stand for workers in Bangladesh.
In the last several months, threats to the lives of peaceful labor activists have increased. These leaders are calling for basic human rights like access to decent working conditions and fair wages.
The false charges brought against them by subcontractors for Walmart and other retailers are unacceptable. Instead of quietly watching sweatshop abuses – including fires that claimed many lives in recent years in factories very similar to those supplying Walmart – Walmart needs to take action.
Already nearly 100,000 people signed the Change.org petition to Walmart executives. These petitions were delivered recently to CEO Mike Duke at a shareholder meeting by Bangladeshi activists. Join them until Walmart does the right thing!
Wondering how to show sweatfree solidarity?
- Remember worker rights to organize are important for ending sweatshops!
- You can support Bangladeshi workers by telling Walmart to Take Action
- You can purchase a union made T-shirt and wear your solidarity message
Here are students at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) sweatfree fashion show!
Daniel Cardozo, CEO of Ethix Merch, is a passionate advocate for ethical promotional products. With a mission to transform global supply chains, he serves on the Labor 411 Foundation and Advertising Specialty Institute’s Promo for the Planet Advisory Board. Daniel is dedicated to empowering socially and environmentally-conscious consumers.