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T-shirts on sale

Matt Haughey, September 11th, 2003

If you’ve caught up with Creative Commons at any conferences or events this year, you’ve probably seen us wearing Creative Commons t-shirts. If you’d like to order one for yourself and help support our non-profit organization, we’re now offering the same shirts for sale. They are $20 including shipping to the US and Canada, available in medium, large and extra large sizes. The shirts are a light green Hanes Beefy T with a screenprinted logo on the front, “Some Rights Reserved” and URL on the back, and we’re using Paypal to accept payments. Order soon, order often.

7 Responses to “T-shirts on sale”

  1. conscious shopper says:

    I’d buy one if it wasn’t a Hanes shirt. Hanes (and their owner Sara Lee) make use of cheap sweatshop labour to produce those shirts. Better get some shirts from American Apparel …

  2. Christina says:

    HANES – CHAMPION http://www.hanes.com  -  Sara Lee (the Chicago-based owner of Hanes, Leggs, and other clothing brands); Sara Lee Branded Apparel Companies  produces university-licensed Champion and Hanes sweatshop-clothing that is being sold in the New Mexico State University Bookstore. Sara Lee is one of the most notorious sweatshop contractors in the world. Sara Lee uses subpar monitoring activities to keep track of the oppression of mostly women working in its subcontract sweatshops, that sew university logos, including the NMSU logo on to garments sold on university campuses.

    Sara Lee Corporation is an old-style conglomerate that encompasses not only its frozen-food namesake but also such “unintegrated” brands as Hanes underwear, Wonderbra, Coach leather goods, Champion sports apparel, Kiwi shoe polish and Ball Park Franks” (Naomi Klein, No Logo Book, 2000).

    The salary of the CEO of Sara Lee, manufacturer of sportswear labels Champion and Hanes, is nearly $7 million a year. The average salary of a Sara Lee sweatshop worker is 33 cents an hour. 

    It has taken wide-spread university and community organizing efforts to persuade Sara Lee to cease and desist from using slave labor to make its products in Burma. Burma has slave labor camps, that until recently contracted production to Sara Lee.

    ACTION: Can New Mexico State University use its purchasing power to demand that Sara Lee and its Champion/Hanes sweatshops upgrade the quality of their monitoring activities to include full disclosure of all factory locations, a living wage for sweatshop workers, and allow workers the right to organize so that these workers have a voice and some local control over their working conditions?  If Sara Lee refuses to upgrade monitoring and conditions, then perhaps it is time to look for an alternate supplier.

    Below are examples of Sara Lee sweatshop behaviors, and how various organizing efforts have either succeeded or failed to bring about meaningful change in monitoring practices and working conditions.

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    SARA LEE AND SLAVE LABOR

    http://www.behindthelabel.org/headlines.php?story_id=43

    Sara Lee Vows No More Business in Burma WASHINGTON, DC–Sara Lee, a top seller of intimate apparel in the United

    States with nearly $17.5 billion dollars in annual revenues and owner of Hanes, Hanes Her Way, Leggs, and Just My Size brands announced on Friday it will cease allowing production of its garments in Burma.

    Sara Lee`s move follows a string of recent decisions by 15 other U.S.-based corporations to forbid importing goods from Burma or such goods to be sold in retail stores, including Wal-Mart and Costco.

    … A coalition of U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations and labor unions, including FBC, Global Exchange, Rainforest Action Network, and the Lawyer`s Committee for Human Rights, have called on U.S. corporations to stop importing from Burma in response to evidence from the International Labour Organisation (a United Nations agency) that the country`s military regime is responsible for horrific human rights abuses, including “a modern form of slave labor.”

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    SARA LEE – HOW IT DEALS WITH WAGE INCREASE, BUT HAVE BIGGER DAILY QUOTA AND WAGE-CHEATING INCREASE.

    THE U.S. IN HAITI How to Get Rich on 11 Cents an Hour A Report Prepared for The National Labor Committee

     January, 1996  http://www.nlcnet.org/Haiti11.htm  Raising Wages form 28 to 30 cents an hour, so Hanes ups the quotas.

    When President Aristide increased the minimum wage effective May 4, 1995, many companies simply increased the production quota in order to avoid having to pay the increased labor costs. As is the rule in Haiti, if workers cannot make the quota they are paid only a fraction of the minimum wage. At Excel Apparel Exports, jointly owned and operated with Kellwood Co., quotas have been increased by 133% since the passage of the new minimum wage law. Excel Apparel produces women’s panties for the Hanes division of Sara Lee Corp., under the “Hanes Her Way” label. The panties are sold at Wal-Mart and smaller retailers.

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    SARA LEE – WHEN A LABOR-RELIGIOUS COALITION FINDS PROBLEMS WITH HANES/CHAMPION IN MEXICO, SARA LEE JUST MOVES THE SWEATSHOP TO INDONESIA.

    http://www.cfcrochester.org/spr/archive/fall00.shtml Office of Social Policy Research 2000

    Labor-Religion Coalition

    The New York State Labor-Religion Coalition sponsors tours of sweatshop worker neighborhoods in Mexico, a

    stone’s throw away from Brownsville, Texas. Last November’s delegation got a rare chance to tour a

    sweatshop facility that had made garments for Hanes and other familiar companies. The factory closed on a

    Friday afternoon, and with no notice to the employees, no severance pay, and no payment for the final week’s work, moved its operations to Indonesia.

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    SARA LEE – WHEN UNION ORGANIZES, SARA LEE SHUTS DOWN THE FACTORY AND REOPENS IT DOWN THE ROAD.

    http://www.witnessforpeace.org/rockymountain/GuatemalaPhotoEssay.htm

    A sweatshop on the outskirts of Guatemala. Guatemalan clothing factories like this one produce clothes for such brands as Philips Van Heusen, Liz Claiborne, Hanes, and War Athletic. The first union shop in Guatemala closed without notice, against the union contract. The owners claimed to have lost the client, but really moved the work to other, non-union factories.

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    SARA LEE- NOTRE DAME TASK FORCE INVESTIGATES SARA LEE/CHAMPION SWEATSHOP WEAR WORN BY IRISH TEAMS AND SOLD IN THEIR BOOKSTORE

    Notre Dame magazine home page  http://www.nd.edu/~ndmag/news2s99.htm

    Summer 1999 issue

    .

    Organization Hired to Police Anti-sweatshop Code

    Members of the task-force include the president of the student body, a representative from the Center for Social Concerns, faculty members, and three licensee representatives: the president of the Higher Education Group of Follett Corporation (which manages the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore), the general counsel to Adidas (supplier of footwear to Notre Dame teams) and the director of Global Workplace Values and Safety at Sara Lee/Champion (which supplies outerwear to Irish teams).

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    Columbia University News  Feb. 29, 2000 http://www.columbia.edu/cu/pr/00/02/apparel.html

    Columbia Apparel Licensees Agree To Monitoring, Factory Disclos

    Recent Developments

    In February Columbia’s two largest licensees, Champion Products and Jostens Inc. signed the Code of Workplace Conduct of the Fair Labor Association (the FLA is a monitoring and enforcement organization comprised of more than 130 colleges and universities, businesses, and not-for-profits, including Columbia). These companies have also provided full factory disclosure, a requirement that goes beyond the FLA Code but that Columbia insisted on months ago. Both of these developments occurred after extensive dialogue between the companies and Columbia’s Office of Business Services.

    … When the deadlines came and certain licensees had not responded, OBS chose to push harder, in the hope of bringing these licensees on board and into the culture of compliance. In addition OBS opened a more extensive dialogue with key executives at our two largest licensees, Champion Products (a subsidiary of Sara Lee Branded Apparel) and Jostens, Inc. our key resource for college rings. Finally on February 3, 2000 Champion Products signed our Code of Workplace Conduct Commitment Form and provided full factory disclosure. Josten’s followed suit on February 15, 2000.

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    November 18, 1998

    Codes to address sweatshop labor  http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=42

    MICHAEL KOLBER

    YDN Staff Reporter

    Yale students can buy recycled paper and drink soy milk, but if students want to ensure that their school’s logo apparel is not being made in a sweatshop they will have some difficulty….

    Apparel companies said they will give lists of factories to colleges that request them under the condition that colleges do not make the lists public.

     

    “The locations and types of plants that we have in various countries is the kind of information all companies, no matter what their product line, hold very closely for competitive reasons,” said Peggy Carter, vice president of corporate affairs for Sara Lee Branded Apparel Companies, which owns Champion and Hanes.

     

    Company spokespeople say that disclosing their factory locations to the public is unnecessary because they already have in-house mechanisms to insure their shops are operated humanely.

     

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    Ball Park Franks Fiasco: 21 Dead, $200,000 Fine  by Robert Weissman http://lists.essential.org/pipermail/corp-focus/2001/000081.html

    Boycott the Sara Lee Corporation, the maker of pound cakes, cheesecakes, pies, muffins, Bil Mar Ball Park

    franks hot dogs, as well as L’Eggs, Hanes, Playtex and Wonderbra products. Last month, Sara Lee pled guilty to two

    misdemeanor counts in connectionwith a listeriosis outbreak that led to the deaths of at least 21 consumers who ate

    Ball Park Franks hot dogs and other meat products. One hundred people were seriously injured. The company paid a

    $200,000 fine after collaboration between Sara Lee and the federal prosecutors which can be seen on Sara Lee’s

    web site where it has posted a “joint press release.” for the first time in American history. Link to the Corporate

    Predator site.

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    The Global Sweatshop Economy by Arnie Alpert http://www.afsc.org/nero/nh/sweat.htm

    This talk was developed for the Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State College, Plymouth New Hampshire,  and presented Oct. 23, 2000.

    Lydia Guzman worked at the Hanes factory in Morelos, Coahuila, Mexico. She was a member of a 10-woman team,

    in which each team member was responsible for a single operation, such as sewing a shoulder or sleeve. Lydia said

    the workers would be disciplined for talking on the job, and that they would not get paid if the machinery broke down.

    Their quota was twenty dozen T-shirts per hour. Their pay ranged from 400 to 500 pesos a week, or somewhere

    between a dollar and $1.40 an hour. If you do the math, this means the workers, in total, get back about a nickel for

    every T-shirt that comes off their assembly line, less than one percent of the retail price of the shirt in a U.S. store.

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    Blood, sweat, and T-shirts  by Damon T. DiCicco  June 1999 http://students.washington.edu/ruckus/vol-2/issue-8/sweat.html

    Mandatory or not, many workers must work additional hours to make their unbelievably low salaries pay for basic

    necessities. Hanes is a good example. Their shirts are made with U.S. made components in Haiti. The average

    hourly wage for garment workers in Haiti is forty-nine cents, and Haiti is not by far the lowest paying. Indonesian

    workers make a mere thirty-four cents an hour (not including bonuses). Workers in Vietnam and India make only

    twenty-six cents (also excluding bonuses). Chinese garment workers may make as little twenty cents an hour.

    Among the very worst are Burma and Bangladesh, where wages range from ten to eighteen cents per hour, plus

    bonuses.

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    December 15, 1998 Sweatshop Watch http://www.sweatshopwatch.org/swatch/headlines/1998/cispes_dec98.html

    Christmas Firings This Year in at Least 6 Maquilas in El Salvador

    Organizers in El Salvador have received numerous calls from workers from at least six different maquilas reporting illegal firings and non-payment of the required year-end bonus. At the Sara Lee maquila (makers of Hanes, Hanes-Her-Way, Champion, Bali lingerie, and other brands), located in the El Pedregal free trade zone, a number of workers realized that they had received less than the legally prescribed amount. Eighteen workers went to management to discuss the discrepancy. Their questions were a result of an education / leafleting blitz which took place on November 25 – a Stop Violence against Women day. Organizers handed out flyers which notified women of their rights, including the right to a Christmas bonus and how to calculate the correct bonus amount owed to them. Sara Lee management responded by saying that they should be thankful that they have any job at all, and then fired them.

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    Amount Sara Lee (Hanes) stands to gain from NAFTA parity for CBI countries: $50 million 1997

     

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    No Sweat in Durham  http://www.apparelnews.net/Archive/081800/News/newsfeat.html

    Durham, N.C., has become the first city in the South to

    adopt an anti-sweatshop policy. Manufacturers selling apparel

    and textiles to the city now must disclose where those goods

    are made and how much factory employees are paid. The city

    is no longer required to make purchases on a lowest-bid

    basis, and now must consider other factors, such as work

    conditions at vendors’ facilities.

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    Shareholders Focus on Genetically Modified

    Foods at Sara Lee  http://www.shareholderaction.org/

    Resolution asks company to examine the risks and

    impacts of continued use of GMOs. Annual meeting

    scheduled for October.

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    How to Research SARA LEE http://www.clarku.edu/research/access/sociology/rossint.shtml

    World Wide Web and the

    government and other documents that are there for very serious purposes rather than looking up

    the weather or whatever. In the last few years, there has been a virtual revolution in the kind of

    information that has appeared on the web. For example, Mikaela and her classmates were able

    to find very detailed information about corporate and executive compensation from Securities

    and Exchange Commission documents and by doing very wide searches through the Business

    Press, which is available to us here at Clark University through a database called Lexis/Nexis.

    We discovered in the case of Jansport, which makes backpacks and t-shirts, and Champion, both

    of which are owned by very, very large corporations (Jansport by Vanity Fair and Champion by

    Sara Lee) that these are not marginal corporations. These are big firms that are actually very

    well connected to very powerful forces in the economy. They are central players–they are not

    peripheral players at all. All of this is made possible mainly through web-based work, although

    there are still some wonderful reference sources in the library that our reference staff was very

    helpful in tracking down for us.

     

     

     

  3. jeff says:

    As stated in my previous post “I in no way, shape or form endorse sweatshop labor.”

    I love my children more than anything in the world and that love has a habit of spreading to all children in general.

    I was simply stating that the manufacturing of clothing, almost all clothing, contributes to the harm of the ecology…

    How is the cotton they used processed?

    How is the dye they use created?

    How are their machines powered?

    How are their lights powered?

    I wasn’t making an arguement, just pointing out the “other side”.

  4. anonymous says:

    “However…

    Doesn’t American Apparel contribute to the LA smog problem?

    Aren’t you just trading one social wrong for another?”

    You’re kindding, right? What kind of argument is that? Let’s make those kids in China make our clothes – at least then we don’t have to deal with the smog?

    Plus: How is a T-Shirt manufacturer suppose to contribute to the smog problem? I mean, they make clothes. They don’t burn stuff or something.

    Sure, if they pay living wage to their workers they might even be able to afford a car. So let’s better keep those folks in poverty so we can drive our SUVs to clean and healthy parks …

    This is the silliest argument I’ve ever heard.

  5. jeff says:

    What ever happened to “everyone loves Sara Lee”?

    I in no way, shape or form endorse sweatshop labor.

    However…

    Doesn’t American Apparel contribute to the LA smog problem?

    Aren’t you just trading one social wrong for another?


  6. chaizzilla says:

    what this CC place needs is some sewing/needlework pattern collaborations w/recycled materials. or maybe the shirts need to be a little pricier & the blanks come from a cottage/collective industry somewhat local (not like you can avoid shipping entirely, but less feeding of the container shipping dependency industry sometimes referred to as globalisation is a big plus on my list). this might not be all that possible/practical, i just happened to hit this thread while basting a sundress i’ve been working on a really simple/shareable pattern for. it reminded me of the old Deva cotton clothing collective.

  7. Christina Arasmo says:

    By the way, no one’s questioning loving our own children, that’s easy.

    The woman mostly that work in sweat shops are forced to have abortions so they can work, they also urinate and crap on themselves because they can’t take a break. It’s evil. Don’t buy Sara Lee’s products. Nasty company.