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Latin Sweatshops Pressed by U.S. Campus Power

Date: April 4, 2003
Author: David Gonzalez
QUOTE: The BJ&B factory, which employs about 1,600 people, was the focus of the first campaigns on American campuses against sweatshop labor that grew out of the protests against globalization in the 1990's.

ABSTRACT: After two years of negotiations, the employees of the BJ&B hat factory in the Dominican Republic have unionized. Because the factory subcontracts caps and clothing marketed to students by corporations such as Nike and Reebok, the activist group United Students Against Sweatshops successfully pressured those companies to in turn pressure the factory to improve its "sweatshop" working conditions and employee policies (and recognize the workers' union). --- Erica Sharkey

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