To keep Irregular Times going up on the web, we sell t-shirts with political messages we believe in. We refuse, however, to sell shirts made in sweatshops that profit off the exploitation of third-world people, which is why we only offer made-in-the-USA shirts. An indirect consequence of this, however, is that capital investment remains within [...]
Alta Gracia brand shirts are unique in the world of collegiate gear for their transparently ethical production. They aren’t made in the USA, and in fact are made in the Dominican Republic, which in the past has signified sweatshop production. But Alta Gracia shirts are made under an arrangement between student activists, rigorous independent inspectors [...]
I’ve written recently regarding Alta Gracia shirts being introduced to stores now in an innovative cooperative agreement between Students Against Sweatshops, the Workers Rights Consortium and Knights Apparel. Workers at the Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic are fully unionized, are being paid a living wage 338% of the minimum wage plus an array [...]
Last year I carried on a conversation with a printer in Florida who sells his own line of Democratic Party and “progressive” apparel. After I asked him where his shirts were made, he admitted that they were made in the Caribbean by workers who were probably mistreated and paid a dirt-cheap, grindingly low minimum wage, [...]
This month, the Knights Apparel company is introducing an Alta Gracia line of t-shirts and sweatshirts and paying the workers who make them 338% of the minimum wage of the Dominican Republic plus benefits in a unionized environment.
Initially, they were to be sold only to the collegiate market. But now Knights Apparel announces [...]