solidarity across unions

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Union accuses UC of relying on sweatshop labor "University of California employees led by AFSCME Local 3299 said Wednesday they're calling on UC system officials to end the practice of allegedly buying uniforms made in sweatshops around the world....Shirts, jackets, pants and hats worn on the job by food servers, custodians, hospital security and other workers on UC's campuses are made in nations with inadequate labor standards, such as Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, China, Mexico, Pakistan, El Salvador and Sri Lanka, according to the UC workers, who are engaged in contract talks with the university system."
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The Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions is a loose-knit coalition of labor unions in the USA and Canada that represents graduate students employed as teachers, researchers, and administrative staff.