One Year After Rana Plaza Collapse, AU Could Stand for Worker Safety

The one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse is just one week away, but American University continues to refuse to do the right thing to guarantee worker safety and require garment brands to sign the Bangladesh Safety Accord.

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On One Year Anniversary of Rana Plaza Collapse, Students And Workers Call For Action

On Thursday, April 24th, the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, students and workers around the world will be taking action…

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Napolitano: Drop the Charges Against Peaceful Picketers

Last week during a peaceful picket line at the University of California Santa Cruz, riot police tackled a union leader and photographer, and arrested 22 students and union members.

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Garment Worker Solidarity

  • 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.

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Campus Worker Justice

  • 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.

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Kick Wall Street Off Campus

  • 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.

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