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Thai El Monte Garment Workers Inducted into US Labor Hall of Honor

Published: September 18, 2023

Twenty-eight years ago last month, consumers opened their newspapers to learn that sweatshops had returned to the US apparel industry, on domestic soil, under conditions unheard of in nearly a century. In August 1995, more than 70 Thai migrant workers were found to be sewing garments sold by major US retailers, under slave labor conditions,…

Corrective Action for University Code Compliance—in Bangladesh and in LA

Published: August 31, 2022

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Manodeep Guha, Tara Mathur, and Ben Hensler Date: August 31, 2022 Re: Corrective Action for University Code Compliance—in Bangladesh and in LA This update is to inform you of the recent successful completion of corrective actions for university code of conduct violations in two separate cases we have…

Pure Cotton

Published: August 31, 2022

The WRC investigated violations of university codes of conduct by Pure Cotton, a company located in Los Angeles, California, that supplied collegiate apparel to the licensee, Hype & Vice, LLC (Hype & Vice). In September 2018, California state inspectors cited Pure Cotton, and a small subcontract factory operating at the same address, Union Supply, for…

Statement of the Worker Rights Consortium concerning the Violence of January 6

Published: January 15, 2021

The Worker Rights Consortium strongly condemns the violent anti-democratic invasion of the US Capitol building by racist and other far-right groups that took place in Washington, DC last week. As an American organization headquartered in DC with a global presence, we have seen the impact of these despicable actions reverberate throughout our community, the United…

Members of Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labour Testify Before Congress

Published: September 17, 2020

House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee holds hearing on imports from the Xinjiang Region Washington, D.C.— Today, three members of the 280+ groups that make up the Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labour testified before the House Ways & Means Committee. The Campaign for Uyghurs, the Worker Rights Consortium, and the AFL-CIO are part of a coalition calling…

New Era Cap Company

Published: March 14, 2019

The complaint alleged that New Era failed to comply with WRC and university Codes of Conduct, and with applicable labor and employment laws, in three general areas: health and safety, age and disability discrimination, and freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Palermo Villa, Inc.

Published: February 5, 2013

The WRC launched this inquiry in response to a complaint by a group of Palermo workers alleging that, in early June 2012, the company carried out a mass dismissal of employees, as well as other labor rights violations, in retaliation for the workers’ effort to organize a union at the company’s primary manufacturing facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

C.J.’s Seafood

Published: June 20, 2012

After conducting interviews with workers, the WRC found grave and systematic abuses of the rights of this highly vulnerable workforce, including grossly excessive hours of work, severe and constant harassment and psychological abuse, wages far below the legal minimum, oppressive living conditions, discrimination based on national origin, and threats of violence aimed at preventing workers from reporting these abuses to regulatory and law enforcement agencies.