Elizabeth Warren Keeps It 100

President Obama and Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren are at unreconcilable odds regarding fast-track trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership of 12 Pacific Rim nations. Earlier this week Senator Warren released a report entitled: Broken Promises:Decades of Failure to Enforce Labor Standards in Free Trade Agreements

Love how she doesn’t waste time getting to straight to the point in the title!

Senator Warren said: “The facts show that, despite all the promises, these trade deals were just another tool to tilt the playing field in further of multinational corporations and against working families.”

Thanks for keeping it 100, Senator Warren!

 

Profits made from slavery

Apparel workers

Photo Source: AP/Mahesh Kumar A

If you buy clothes from major American apparel companies like H&M, Gap, Zara, and JC Penny’s, then you’ve contributed to exploitation of the workers that make the clothes.  I was shocked to recently learn that most of the world’s clothing is produced in Bangladesh, and other developing countries.  Check out this info-graphic from Department of Commerce:

Apparel-Imports-to-the-United-States-Feb-2014_chartbuilder (1)

It seems pretty obvious that major US multinational corporations outsource clothing production to developing nations  because of the lack of workers rights + protections in those nations. These corporations continually earn more and more profits while the employees that make their products are subjected to conditions nothing short of slavery. Just two short years ago nearly 1,130 workers died at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh producing clothes for brands we all know and own. It is alleged that management locked the doors in order to keep employees from stealing clothing. The locked doors trapped the young workers in the burning building, with no chance of getting out alive. This is just one of the many atrocities that workers in developing countries must endure.

When will corporations value workers that generate their profits? Without the very workers they exploit, they wouldn’t have products to sell. When will these corporations be held accountable for the poor working conditions for their employees? When will America say enough is enough? Cheap clothes or equality? You make the choice.