Ethix Merch supports the right of workers to organize unions and democratically structured worker-owned enterprises.
The Sweatfree movement has strongly advocated for freedom of association as the surest way to guarantee worker empowerment. Unions are a crucial safeguard against the temptation of some employers to view labor as just another “cost of doing business.” Workers know best when they are being mis-treated or abused, and unions provide a way for them to stand together in support of their legal and moral rights.
Most Ethix Merch union made products are made in facilities where employers recognize the value of a union made label. At this time, most of these union factories are located in the United States, so we carry a number of “Made in USA” union products. We recognize the common struggle of the manufacturing working class globally, and believe stronger unions in the US supports the efforts of organizers abroad. We are always on the lookout for union made goods produced outside of the United States, and will add those products to our catalog as they become available.
Right now, products that are both union made and eco-friendly are in short supply. Ethix is in a unique position to encourage higher environmental standards in union factories and, on the flip side, to promote worker organizing efforts in factories producing eco-friendly products. Increasingly, the labor and environmental movements are working in common cause, and we will do everything possible to help this essential partnership thrive.