The Evergreen State College is a well-known liberal arts college that markets itself to students as a “progressive” institution. However, union negotiations between student support staff and the Administration have come to a standstill over basic worker rights and fair pay.
- Two decades after overseas sweatshop conditions first hit national headlines, garment factory conditions have become worse than ever. In Indonesia, workers are falling deeper and deeper into debt as greedy companies like Adidas refuse to pay them what they’re owed after cutting and running from their factories.
- Using our unique leverage as students attending universities with multi-million dollar apparel programs, USAS holds apparel brands like Adidas responsible for their subcontracted workers, forcing them to respect workers' basic rights to fair wages, decent working conditions, and a union.
- Alongside garment worker unions in the Global South, USAS has achieved some of the anti-sweatshop movement’s landmark victories.
- It’s no secret that workers across the U.S. are constantly struggling to get by. It’s also not a secret that the bosses who control the workplace have the money and power to improve the lives of millions of workers.
- Thousands of workers at our universities who clean our dorms, feed us in our dining halls, and keep us safe on our campuses are living in poverty, subject to harsh retaliation if they speak out or try to form a union.
- USAS stands with campus workers in their struggles to win better conditions, wage increases, healthcare benefits, and a union. The fight continues, from Santa Clara University in California to the University of Miami in Florida.
- Wall Street banks are raking in record profits, even as homeowners, communities and local economies are destroyed by their policies. One in three homes in the United States is worth less than the mortgage taken out to pay for it.
- Meanwhile, our universities have lucrative relationships with these very same banks, granting them millions of dollars in institutional business and preferential access to sell to students.
- We’re launching groundbreaking campaigns to cut ties between our universities and Wall Street banks unless they agree to agree to renegotiate underwater mortgages to current market value.