AFL-CIO: Take the #NikeCoverUpChall- enge, Demand Justice for Nike Workers

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United Students Against Sweatshops

Reprinted from the AFL-CIO blog Now by Cassandra Waters on March 30, 2017.

Join United Students Against Sweatshops and activists around the world who want to know—what is Nike trying to hide?

Nike, the gargantuan apparel brand that racked in more than $32 billion in revenue in 2016 alone, is dismantling critical protections for the workers who make its apparel. Thanks to student and worker organizing in response to deplorable conditions in apparel supply chains, many universities have required Nike and other major brands to allow independent inspection and monitoring in factories that produce college-brand apparel to prevent abuse. However, Nike recently decided to bar independent watchdog the Worker Rights Consortium from entering its factories.

Nike does not have a great track record on respecting human rights in its factories, including reports of wage theft, violence and discrimination against women, unsafe working conditions and retaliation against union organizers. The decision to refuse independent inspections could result in such human rights abuses going undiscovered. …

AFL-CIO Now 3/30

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