Can the anti-sweatshop movement
, in concert with other elements of the alter-mondialist/global justice movement, play on this contradiction to advance workers' collective power in free trade zones and in the United States?
The anti-sweatshop movement is a subset of actors and campaigns within the larger corporate accountability movement that aims to identify sweatshop conditions and to define and enforce labor standards within the global apparel industry.
In the first part of this essay, I describe the emergence of the anti-sweatshop movement and the restructuring of the global apparel industry in order to highlight the way in which the movement has framed its demands on the corporation.
The anti-sweatshop movement
began to take shape and sweep across U.S.
"Kohl's is a great campaign for students in the international community because there have been such gross violations in Nicaragua in the free trade zones," says Peter Romer-Friedman, an economics student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a leader in the anti-sweatshop movement
If it's growing ever harder to distinguish the anti-sweatshop movement
's agenda from that of American unions as an institution, well, that's no coincidence.
A good number of states around the world have ratified the convention, so I am surprised to see that this was not mentioned in Richard Appelbaum and Peter Dreier's article ["The Campus Anti-Sweatshop Movement
," TAP, September-October, 1999] and that it is not part of the (legal) strategy being deployed by the students.
Anner and Evans identify organizing this sector as "perhaps the biggest single challenge" facing unions and NGOs alike, and note that neither of the campaigns that they discuss in their chapter--the anti-sweatshop movement
and the Hemispheric Social Alliance process--seriously addresses this pressing question.
COHEN Chairman Pennsylvania House of Representatives Democratic Caucus THE CAMPUS ANTI-SWEATSHOP MOVEMENT
Last year's student anti-sweatshop movement
gained momentum as it swept westward, eventually encompassing more than 100 campuses across the country.
More than two hundred campuses in this country have anti-sweatshop movements
. And they're not just talking about the issue, they're winning.
"These grassroots immigrant women are the very heartbeat of the labor and anti-sweatshop movements
," Louie writes.