In honour of Labour day, enjoy a documentary
on Jewish anarchism at the turn of the 20th century, and the story of The Free Voice of Labour
, their Yiddish newspaper that ran from 1890-1977. [more inside]
Raveena Aulakh of The Star got hired at a sweatshop in Bangladesh. Her boss was a 9 year old girl named Meem.
Sweatshop is a new educational game for teenagers from Britain's Channel 4.
Produced by Littleloud
, Sweatshop aims to teach teens about the working conditions behind their clothes through a mixture of frenetic, tower defense-based arcade levels set in a contract clothing factory and factual inserts between levels. [more inside]
When Nike founder Phil Knight
first traveled to China
in 1980, before Beijing could even ship to U.S. ports, the country was just emerging from the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution
. By the mid-'80s, Knight had moved much of his production to China
from South Korea and Taiwan. But he saw China as more than a workshop. "There are 2 billion feet out there," former Nike executives recall his saying. "Go get them!". The Chinese responded
(the goal was "to hook kids
into Nike early and hold them for life"): sales through the 1990s picked up 60% a year. Here's how Phil Knight did it.
Print page for main link here
The Triangle Factory Fire of 1911.
'This site includes selected information on a terrible and unnecessary tragedy involving the death of many young working women in a New York City sweatshop at the beginning of the 20th century and the resulting investigations and reforms. '
You know those exploited Nike workers in Indonesia we hear so much about?
Good news and bad news: the good news is, a bunch of 'em aren't being exploited anymore. The bad news is, it's because they were laid off.
Local manufacturers blame the soft economy on the WTC attacks, so yes, even this ends up being a WTC post. You cannot escape.
The Harvard Crimson
contracts Cambodian sweatshop labor
to make its online archives and saves $450,000. Is that the living wage they editorialized
life cycle of an internet meme: a timeline of the nike "sweatshop" e-mails
jonah and i have updated the original sweatshop page at shey.net to also run a sidebar timeline noting the spread of the idea around the world, as tracked through links on the web and stories in conventional media. justin time, too, since adbusters, the nation, and abcnews all put up stories about the e-mails today. and we thought it had peaked.
Want to avoid sweatshop shoes? Buy Nike.
So says Peter Singer
. Same applies to the other favourite targets of the "No Logo" activists. Which raises a curious irony: what happens when a corporation you've habitually demonised starts listening to to its critics? Is it possible to rehabilitate a Big Bad Brand?
tried to order a pair of Nike's from their custom shop with the word "sweatshop
" on them. They refused three times, listing a new excuse every time. I smell a great culture jamming project. My suggestion? Let's all go do the same
The Digital Sweatshop Continues
If this letter is for real (and corroboration would be nice), the CFO of Mylackey.com is berating his staff for having the gall to go home before 6:45pm. In fact, he wants to mandate office hours of 8am to 7pm with a 30 minute lunch.
That'll really boost morale. I don't think I've gotten to work at 8am ever.
Anyway, though I lovelovelove the idea of Mylackey.com, I don't think I'd invest in them anytime soon.
The letter, which states that they're "lagging behind revenue goals" seemingly contradicts the interview
with the CEO, where he states "we're exceeding expectations" with revenue.