Letters to the editor
Posted March 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm in Opinion
Factories need attention.
As a visiting delegation of workers from that factory showed last semester, the working and living conditions of the garment workers there have been significantly improved.
Moreover, we see this as an opportunity for USC to support just labor practices and the right to collective bargaining that so many people working in third world countries are denied.
A July 2010 New York Times article covered the factory‚Äôs practices and hopes, saying ‚ÄúMany say Alta Gracia has gone further than others by embracing higher wages and unionization.‚ÄĚ
Duke University has already committed to buying a minimum of $250,000 of apparel from Alta Gracia.
‚ÄúThis sometimes seems too good to be true,‚ÄĚ Jim Wilkerson, Duke‚Äôs director of licensing, told the Times.
We are asking USC to match Duke‚Äôs offer and build a working relationship with the factory.
SCALE is looking forward to working with students, faculty and administrators to make this a reality.
By working together, we can make a difference for those who are not as fortunate as us.
We believe that by buying apparel from Alta Gracia, USC would embody its commitment, as written in the workplace code of conduct, in making sure ‚Äúproducts are manufactured in safe work environments that respect worker‚Äôs rights.‚ÄĚ