Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The article that I chose to write about is someone in favor of sweatshops. His name is Benjamin Powell and he is in defense of sweatshops. He believes that we in American society chose not to work in sweatshops because of the working conditions and low pay. In the defense of sweatshops Powell concludes that it’s much better than the alternatives that are offered. He uses an example of children being laid off in Bangladesh and then resulting in prostitution. Powell argues that children workers in Honduras that earn $3.10 a day on a 10 hour shift, should be happy because their alternative would pay less. He says that you can-not compare U.S. alternatives to Honduras alternatives. In his research on alternatives to sweatshop workers, sweatshop workers earn more than the average worker in their country. Then Powell goes on to explain his method of research. The Powell goes on to explain how the methods of anti-sweat shop groups would do nothing to make workers more productive. Workers are at risk of losing more for better treatment. One they can be thrown into worse alternative conditions or laying off workers and lowering wages. So in result for better conditions for sweatshop workers it will worsen their current state. He then goes on to argue the testimonial by Charles Kernaghan on worker’s rights across the world and improving conditions for millions of people. This treatment will create a leveled global economical playing field for American and global workers to compete. Powell believes that sweatshops are not only better than the current worker alternative but they are also the process of development that ultimately raises living standards. He feels that sweatshop companies bring technology and physical capital to workers. They are better off now than before with all the technology and capital offered to them. His closing statement is “what the third world so badly needs is more sweatshop jobs, not fewer.”
Monday, November 3, 2008
Here is the link to the video:
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The blog that I followed had an interesting title. It was “When you think of the face of fashion, is this what comes to mind?” At the bottom of that title was a picture of a young boy making soccer balls in Indonesia. The write wrote about her enlightening of manufacturing slave labor of the company NIKE. She listened to a presentation about sweatshop labor, a man who stayed with educatingforjustice.org co-founder Leslie Kretz in Indonesia on the wages of sweatshop workers. She went on to talk about how she didn’t realize that she was a contributor to the success of companies like Nike, Adidas, Target etc. She found that much of what she owned came from companies that took part in poor treatment of sweatshop workers. Since consumers do not know how products are produced we will keep buying from companies that practice illegal and inhumane labor. She explains that we can-not just stop buying from these companies because the treatment of laborers could worsen but instead we can take do the alternative. She goes on to explain other ways in which we as consumers can stop the success of criminal companies.
· Buy from companies that manufacture in the US
· Fair trade companies she found are nosweatapparel.com and americanapparel.com
o The biggest problem with sweatshops is in sneakers and athletic shoes
o Child labor is very common in the shoe industry, New Balance is a good shoe company because they produce ¼ of its footwear products in the US.
o Starbucks does not practice fair trade. Coffee is the second largest import and many farm workers are forced to live in poverty and debt.
· Write to the companies that do practice abuse of sweatshop workers. Let them hear you and feel bad about what they’re doing to their employees.Here is the link of the blog that I wrote this commentary on:
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Heres are the urls parts 1-6
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ajS1Yz67Ik
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8JbpmaLxd8
Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Es-CA0IaS8
Part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnZJbYdsQ24
Part 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHNMEBdKZlA
Part 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vad4LPilSZk
Sunday, October 12, 2008