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Sweatshops are immoral and wrong

Nicholas Roth

on 29 April 2010

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Sweatshops: Modern Day Slavery By: Nicholas Roth History of Sweatshops The name "sweatshop" officially originated around 1830
First negative perceptions towards sweatshops were in 1911 due to Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City In 1994 the U.S. Government found over 1000 sweatshops still in America. Defined sweatshops as any employer that violates more than one federal or state labor law governing minimum wage or overtime, child labor, industrial homework, occupational safety and health, worker's comensation, and industry registration. In 1996, President Clinton had a conference with top executives discussing how unions, the government, and the apparel industry can work together to improve working conditions. Pro's Of Sweatshops Cheap labor makes for cheap products. If the workers didn't work in a sweatshop, they would have nowhere else to work. Lack of work means that most families won't have money for food or other necessities. Places such as Wal-Mart and Gap have such cheap clothes because they pay less for labor Cons of Sweatshops Immoral Does not cover cost of living Hypocritical Managers have been known to skirt regulations, keep multiple books on record, hide cramped working quarters, and contact consultants to help them pass certain inspections. Terrible working conditions In August 1995, the nation was outraged by news that 72 Thai immigrants worked under slave-like conditions. Local and Federal law enforcement agents conducted a raid on this sweatshop in El Monte, California, just east of Los Angeles. The immigrants worked for 69 cents an hour, locked in an apartment complex surrounded by razor wire. Workers were threatened with rape and murder if they stopped working. After the raid, Labor Secretary Robert Reich launched a crusade against sweatshops. America has unions and laws that bind companies to treat their workers fairly. Yet we consider it acceptable to buy products from sweatshops just because it is outside the U.S. Solution? There are many different ways to ensure your product does not come from a sweatshop Check out the tags on your clothing. Go to www.responsibleconsumer.net Encourage others to educate themselves "Slavery can only be ab0lished by raising the character of the people who compose the nation; and that can be done only by showing them a higher one."
-Maria W. Chapman Responsible Consumerism
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