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17 Okt 2010

National Labor Committee [US]

Alianza Fashion: A Test Case for the Guatemalan Government & the Office of the United States Trade Representative

Alianza Fashion in Guatemala, with 1,350 workers, sews garments for Briggs New York [for Kellwood], Sag Harbor [for Kellwood], Fashion Bug [for Charming Shoppes], Alfani and JM Collection [for Macy’s]. Forced overtime...[is] the norm...Workers are allowed 20 minutes to sew each pair of pants. Supervisors yell and curse at the women, “Hurry up, you shit!”...Workers are paid 95 cents an hour--$1.21 an hour ...which does not come even close to meeting basic subsistence needs...Workers exercising their legal right to organize are immediately fired and blacklisted...(Also refers to Belk, Bloomingdales [part of Macy's], Kohl's, J. C. Penney, Meijer, Sears, US military exchanges)