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The Alta Gracia story – Sweatfree Collegiate Apparel

Knights Apparel founded the Alta Gracia collegiate apparel factory in the Dominican Republic to pay the workers a living wage. Many collegiate bookstores, including the University of Houston and my alma mater for my bachelors degree, Penn State University now carry Alta Gracia apparel.

Alta Gracia display at the Penn State bookstore

Here’s another picture I took a couple of weeks ago in the Penn State bookstore:

Alta Gracia display

You can support the workers by purchasing your UH Cougar Alta Gracia clothes at the bookstore on campus or online right here.

Here’s a video about the factory:

Tim O’Brien, PhD


Thousands of Nike workers strike in Vietnam shoe factory

Rueters news is reporting that “Thousands of workers went on strike on Friday at a Taiwanese-owned shoe factory in southern Vietnam, demanding better pay and benefits.”

Here’s the whole story which is posted on Business Report

Thousands strike for pay at factory in Vietnam-paper
April 3, 2010

Thousands of workers went on strike on Friday at a Taiwanese-owned shoe factory in southern Vietnam, demanding better pay and benefits, state-run newspapers reported.

Some hurled shrimp paste sauce and splashed pig’s blood on workers who were not participating in the strike at the Pou Chen Group factory in Dong Nai province, the website of the newspaper Nguoi Lao Dong reported (www.nld.com.vn).

Another newspaper, Tuoi Tre, said the manager of the factory agreed to increase pay by 5 percent but the workers did not immediately return to work, it reported on its website (www.tuoitre.com.vn). It said more than 10,000 workers had walked out.

Pou Chen’s website (www.pouchen.com.tw) lists two facilities in Dong Nai, adjacent to Ho Chi Minh City, which it says produce footwear for Nike.

Photos on Tuoi Tre’s website showed several hundred people standing outside what appeared to be a factory, although the location was not clear.

Workers said the factory provided meals worth only 4,000 dong ($0.21) each, which did not contain enough energy, and they were seeking better meals, Tuoi Tre reported.

A state newspaper in January quoted a planning ministry official as saying tough economic conditions this year could lead to more strikes.

Strikes have happened periodically in factories in Vietnam because of working conditions, and often involving foreign-invested companies.

($1=19,060 dong)

(Reporting by John Ruwitch; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani) – Reuters

Thanks to Team Sweat for bringing this story to our attention.