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8 Jan 2004

Nikki F. Bas, Sweatshop Watch; Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange; Joannie C. Chang, Asian Law Caucus

Saipan Sweatshop Lawsuit Ends with Important Gains for Workers and Lessons for Activists

This month, the last of three lawsuits over sweatshop conditions on the U.S. island of Saipan came to a close...While the settlement is viewed as a significant victory, several challenges emerged, which lend valuable lessons for future anti-sweatshop campaigns. [refers to Levi Strauss, Abercrombie & Fitch, Brooks Brothers, Brylane (part of Pinault Printemps-Redoute), Calvin Klein, Cutter & Buck, Donna Karan, Dress Barn, Gap, Banana Republic (part of Gap), Old Navy (part of Gap), Gymboree, JC Penney, J.Crew, Jones Apparel, Lane Bryant (part of Charming Shoppes), The Limited (part of Limited Brands), Liz Claiborne, May Department Stores, Nordstrom, Oshkosh B'Gosh, Phillips-Van Heusen, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sears, Talbots, Target, Mervyn's (part of Target), Marshall Fields (part of May Department Stores), Dayton-Hudson (now Target), Tommy Hilfiger, Warnaco, Woolrich, Express Manufacturing, PricewaterhouseCoopers]