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New Case Brief: Varsity Pro (El Salvador)

Published: October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020 Dear Colleagues, I write to share with you a new case brief from the WRC concerning findings of labor rights violations and subsequent remedial action at Varsity Pro, a factory located in El Salvador that produces collegiate licensed apparel for Varsity Brands and non-licensed apparel for adidas and Under Armour. The WRC’s…

League Central America

Published: February 1, 2020

The WRC conducted an assessment of compliance with labor rights standards at League Central America (LCA), a garment factory located El Salvador that is owned and operated by the U.S. apparel brand known as League Collegiate Wear, Inc.  The assessment found violations of Salvadoran law in the following areas: Wages and Hours of Work. The WRC…

LD El Salvador

Published: June 27, 2019

LD El Salvador, a garment factory located in El Salvador, unexpectedly closed down operations in March 2018 and failed to pay its 824 employees approximately $2.3 million dollars in compensation that they were legally entitled to receive for terminal benefits. The factory was owned by a Korean businessman, Young Ryul Kim, and was a key…

Konffetty S.A. de C.V.

Published: March 8, 2019

The WRC uncovered extensive wage theft and related violations of university labor codes at Konffetty S.A. de C.V., a garment producer in El Salvador that is the sole disclosed supplier to university licensee Vive La Fete.

New WRC Report: League Central America (El Salvador)

Published: March 8, 2019

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Scott Nova and Tara Mathur Date: March 8, 2019 Re: New WRC Report: League Central America (El Salvador) At this link, you will find a report of findings, recommendations, and remedial commitments and actions concerning League Central America (LCA), a factory that is owned by, and is a supplier…

Textiles Opico

Published: October 17, 2017

The WRC investigated a complaint filed by workers at Textiles Opico and found that the factory had violated university codes of conduct and other applicable standards with regard to workers’ freedom of association during a layoff of factory workers in January 2017.

Impression Apparel

Published: December 13, 2016

In February 2015, the WRC received a complaint from the Federacion Sindical de El Salvador (FESS) stating that, in January 2015, a Salvadoran garment factory known as Impression Apparel illegally fired three union leaders, all of whom were protected under Salvadoran law from dismissal without prior government authorization.

Style Avenue S.A.

Published: August 24, 2015

Style Avenue was found to have multiple and repeated labor rights violations, including forced overtime, illegal terminations, verbal abuse by management, failure to respect freedom of association, locking workers in the factory, excessive heat, and unsanitary conditions.

Manufacturas del Rio (MDR)/Central American Cutting Center (CCC)

Published: June 19, 2015

In January 2014, MDR and a sister operation also owned by the Argus Group and housed in the same location, Central American Cutting Center (CCC), closed without providing severance pay to their 1,200 employees. The Argus Group gave workers no advance notice of the closure and made no arrangements to provide workers the US$1.8 million they were owed in terminal benefits under Salvadoran law.

Unholy Alliances: How Employers in El Salvador’s Garment Industry Collude with a Corrupt Labor Federation, Company Unions and Violent Gangs to Suppress Workers’ Rights

Published: January 22, 2015

This report details how garment factories in El Salvador collude with various corrupt
and unlawful entities – from labor federations that take pay-offs from employers, to
company unions, and, in some cases, even violent street gangs – to undermine workers’
right to freedom of association in the country’s apparel industry.