DATE: Monday, January 24, 2011
TO: NLC Contacts
FROM: Charles Kernaghan
RE: Urgent Alert: Workers Paid 8 Cents for Each $25 NFL T-shirt They Sew
Women at the Ocean Sky sweatshop in El Salvador are paid just eight cents for each $25 NFL T-shirt they sew. Their wages amount to just 3/10ths of one percent of the NFL shirt’s retail price!
Workers NFL, Reebok, Puma, Old Navy (GAP), Columbia, Talbots and Penguin (Munsingwear) are drenched in their own sweat…Drinking water is filthy…They are cursed at…Garments hurled in their faces…Surveillance cameras monitor the workers’ every move…Overtime is forced…Wages of 72 to 92 cents an hour—one quarter of what a family needs to survive… Anyone even asking for their rights will be immediately fired and blacklisted.
Don’t let NFL, Reebok, Puma, GAP and the other companies get away with it. Their corporate codes of conduct and corporate monitoring have failed miserably.
The U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement has ended in a race to the bottom, with workers stripped of their rights and trapped in poverty.
Ask the U.S. Government to finally implement the worker rights provisions in the US-CAFTA. Right now, only corporations have rights. But the workers want to be treated like human beings.
We are calling upon U.S. and Salvadoran Government officials, along with representatives of the NFL, Reebok, Puma, GAP and the other labels to travel to El Salvador and meet face to face with the Ocean Sky workers.