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JNB Global / Sams and Rudia

Published: June 17, 2022

The WRC documented violations of worker rights at the Guatemalan garment factory JNB Global, also known as Sams and Rudia. Violations at this factory occurred when it required workers to sign new employment contracts that illegally falsified their dates of hire. Further violations occurred when JNB Global fired workers who refused to sign. JNB Global…

Target Supplier JNB Global Fires Workers and Steals Severance

Published: June 16, 2022

Overview The WRC recently documented violations of worker rights at the Guatemalan garment factory JNB Global, also known as Sams and Rudia. Following our investigation, we shared findings and recommendations for remedial action with the factory and with its buyer, Target Corporation. The violations of worker rights at JNB Global occurred when the factory required…

Hoosier Manufacturing

Published: May 27, 2022

In 2022, the WRC investigated complaints of retaliatory dismissal of 25 workers who allegedly attempted to form a union in April 2021, as well as the dismissal of three workers in October 2021 in violation of a legal protective order. In the case of the 25 workers fired in April 2021, the WRC determined that,…

WRC Case Brief: Hoosier Manufacturing (Guatemala)

Published: May 27, 2022

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Tara Mathur and Ben Hensler Date: May 27, 2022 Re: WRC Case Brief: Hoosier Manufacturing (Guatemala) Please see here a case brief on remediation of violations of university codes of conduct and Guatemalan law at Hoosier Manufacturing, which supplies collegiate apparel to Fanatics and Nike. The WRC investigated…

Centexsa

Published: February 4, 2022

In January 2022, the Solidarity Center of the AFL-CIO filed a complaint with the WRC on the illegal dismissals of nine workers at Centexsa in response to their exercise of freedom of association. The WRC contacted the parent company, the Korean multinational corporation SAE-A, which agreed to make offers of reinstatement and payment of back…

Overcoming a History of Violence: Intervention with Collegiate Supplier in Guatemala Secures Rapid Remediation

Published: February 4, 2022

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Tara Mathur, Ben Hensler, and Scott Nova Date: February 4, 2022 Re: Overcoming a History of Violence: Intervention with Collegiate Supplier in Guatemala Secures Rapid Remediation Last month, after engagement by the WRC with the factory’s owners, a collegiate apparel supplier in Guatemala, Centexsa, SA, offered reinstatement with…

Winners

Published: February 4, 2022

The WRC documented serious violations of workers’ right to freedom of association that occurred at the Winners factory, owned by the Korean multinational company SAE-A. In 2020, union leaders were attacked by mob violence, threatened with death, and forced to resign from their positions. The WRC engaged with SAE-A and with buyers and ultimately the…

K.P. Textil

Published: June 28, 2021

The WRC investigated a May 2020 outbreak of Covid-19 at K.P. Textil that resulted in one-third of the factory’s employees contracting the virus and, unfortunately, led to the death of one worker.  Following the WRC’s engagement with factory buyers AEO Inc. and Gap, Inc., these buyers confirmed that factory management took appropriate remedial action with…

WRC Case Brief: K.P. Textil (Guatemala)

Published: June 25, 2021

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Scott Nova, Tara Mathur, and Ben Hensler Date: June 25, 2021 Re: WRC Case Brief: K.P. Textil (Guatemala) This is a brief summary of the WRC’s engagement with American Eagle Outfitters (AEO, Inc.), the parent company of the university licensee, Tailgate, and the retailer, Gap, Inc., following an…

Elim SA

Published: April 6, 2021

In late 2020, the WRC conducted an investigation of labor rights violations at Elim, a garment factory located in Mixco, Guatemala. The investigation found serious violations of freedom of association, including retaliatory dismissals, death threats by factory management, and threats of retaliatory firing and plant closure, all of which were in response to the decision…