USAS is committed to organizing in solidarity with garment workers to fight sweatshop conditions such as poverty wages, forced overtime, sexual harassment, union busting, and health and safety violations in the global apparel industry
From the beginning, USAS has identified the reckless business practices of apparel brands as the root cause of sweatshops. We also know that the only way to beat the brands and end sweatshop conditions is to help build a global labor movement that could take on the real bosses of the apparel industry on a transnational scale.
Using our unique leverage as students attending universities with multimillion-dollar apparel programs, USAS has run campaigns on campuses across the country to force apparel brands to respect workers rights. First, we demanded that our universities tell brands to disclose the locations of the factories producing collegiate apparel; then we pushed universities to adopt labor codes of conduct that set minimum standards for collegiate apparel production; then we compelled our schools to affiliate with the Worker Rights Consortium, the only independent apparel monitoring organization; and most recently we have campaigned for our universities to adopt a comprehensive sweat-free solution, called the Designated Suppliers Program.
Using all of these tools, USAS has waged strategic struggles alongside garment worker unions in the global South to demand that brands respect workers’ rights to living wages and safe working conditions, as well as the right to form democratic unions. Through international solidarity, USAS and workers have been able to achieve some of the anti-sweatshop movement’s landmark victories.
- Students Converge on Gap Shareholder Meeting
Moments ago, USAS and Jobs with Justice members were arrested after blocking the entrance to Gap’s annual shareholder meeting in San Francisco while a crowd around them rallied to demand the company join the 38 brands…
- A Day of Mourning for Murdered Garment Workers
“I jumped to save my body, not my life.” Those were the words of Sumi Abedin, a Bangladeshi garment worker and survivor of the Tazreen factory fire…
- VICTORY! “Badidas” Campaign Forces Adidas to Respect Indonesian Garment Worker Rights
In hard-fought victory, students and workers have forced German sportswear giant Adidas to…
- Adidas Headquarters is on Lockdown Because of Us
Students and workers are swarming all over Adidas America headquarters in Portland. Together with Portland Jobs with Justice, we’re taking the Badidas Campaign directly to the source, going face-to-face with the corporation that robbed us of $1.8 million we are rightfully owed.
- Victory! University of Kentucky Affiliates with Worker Rights Consortium
Another USAS victory! As of Friday March 15th, the University of Kentucky has become officially affiliated with the Worker Rights Consortium.