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Labor Rights Watchdogs Call Walmart/Gap Plan a Sham

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013 Reacting to apparel giants’ response to tragic fires and building collapses in Bangladesh several anti-sweatshop groups faulted the retailers, led by Gap and Walmart, for refusing to join the binding agreement signed by Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Sean John, Abercrombie & Fitch and 60 European companies. The following […]


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Joint Statement from AFL-CIO and Change to Win Leaders on the Walmart/GAP Bangladesh Plan: Weak and Worthless

Statement by Richard L. Trumka (AFL-CIO) and Joe Hansen (Change to Win) The so-called Global Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, announced today by Walmart, Gap and the Bipartisan Policy Center, was developed without consultation with workers or their representatives and is yet another “voluntary” scheme with no meaningful enforcement mechanisms. Companies that sign onto the […]


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New Report Finds Child Labor Violations at Certified Walmart Shrimp Supplier

Global Aquaculture Alliance certification fails to protect migrant workers. Contact: Sean Rudolph, International Labor Rights Forum, 202-347-4100 ext. 113 Elizabeth Brennan, Warehouse Workers United, 213-999-2164 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Longtime Walmart shrimp supplier, certified by the Global Aquaculture Alliance, engaged in serious violations of Thai law and international human rights standards, according to a new briefing […]


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Bangladeshi Garment Worker Leads Strident Critique of Walmart and its Empty Public Pronouncements

Striking Walmart Employees, Warehouse Worker, Artists and Experts Join Kalpona Akter in Exposing Walmart’s Negative Impact on Global Supply Chain Workers CONTACT: Elizabeth Brennan at 213-999-2164 or Elizabeth.Brennan@changetowin.org Zoe Bridges-Curry, 904-476-8681, zoe@berlinrosen.com Lynsey Kryzwick: 646-200-5311 lynsey@berlinrosen.com Group Takes their Message Directly to Executives at Corporate Headquarters with Art Commemorating the Deaths of 1,200 Bangladeshi Garment […]


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Kalpona Akter to Speak at Walmart’s Annual Shareholder Meeting

Statement of Jim McRitchie, Wal-Mart Shareholder, on Announcement that Bangladeshi Sweatshop Critic Kalpona Akter Will Present at Wal-Mart’s Annual Shareholder’s Meeting Jim McRitchie has proposed a key measure to enhance Wal-Mart accountability to shareholders. Mr. McRitchie’s Proposal No. 5 would allow Wal-Mart shareholders who own 10% of shares to call for a special meeting of […]


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Leading Bangladeshi Sweatshop Critic to Arrive in Bentonville for Walmart’s Shareholder Meeting June 7

News Comes As Walmart Announces Another False Solution to Protect Workers in Bangladeshi Factories FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 31, 2013 CONTACT: Lynsey Kryzwick, 646-200-5311, lynsey@berlinrosen.com Elizabeth Brennan at 213-999-2164, Elizabeth.Brennan@changetowin.org Zoe Bridges-Curry, 904-476-8681, zoe@berlinrosen.com Kalpona Akter, a former garment worker from Bangladesh, will join striking Walmart workers and warehouse workers at the company’s annual […]



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New Documents Reveal Walmart Connection to Site of Deadly Factory Collapse

DISCOVERY ADDS TO EVIDENCE THAT WALMART’S PRODUCTION AND LACK OF OVERSIGHT IN BANGLADESH IS WIDESPREAD For Immediate Release: May 15, 2013 Contact: Elizabeth Brennan @ Warehouse Workers United: 213-999-2164 ONTARIO, Calif. – New documents recovered by a Bangladeshi organization from the wreckage of Rana Plaza, the factory  complex that collapsed killing 1,100, prove that Walmart […]


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Warehouse Workers, Community Organizations Call on Walmart to Stop Retaliatory Firings in Contracted Warehouse

Federal Charges Filed After Outspoken Worker Leader is Fired Thursday ONTARIO, Calif. – Javier Rodriguez, a leader for change inside Walmart’s contracted warehouses in Southern California, was fired yesterday from his job as a forklift driver. (More information.) Rodriguez, along with Warehouse Workers United, filed formal federal charges today to protest the illegal firing. “Walmart […]


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Trabajadores de bodegas y organizaciones comunitarias hacen un llamado a Walmart para que pare los despidos como represalias en bodegas contratadas.

Cargos federales fueron presentados después de que un trabajador líder fue despedido el jueves ONTARIO, Calif. – Javier Rodriguez un líder por el cambio dentro de las bodegas contratadas por Walmart en el sur de California, fue despedido el pasado Jueves de su trabajo como operador de montacargas. (Mas informacion aqui.) Rodriguez, junto con Trabajadores […]


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