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The 90 Percent Of Us Who Need Google Glass

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that most workers don’t make enough money to buy Google Glass as a professional accessory. [...]

The Children’s Place = The Orphans’ Place. Why?

Why is the International Labor Rights Forum calling for Americans to boycott and picket The Children’s Place on April 24 2014?

Why? Because a year earlier, on April 24 2013, the rickety Rana Plaza apparel factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people. Those people were paid dirt-poor wages in dangerous conditions to make [...]

Firing Workers for Organizing: One More Reason to Boycott Walmart

Need a reason to boycott Walmart? How about this: the corporation has fired 11 of its workers for organizing fellow workers to advocate for better pay and working conditions — a legally-protected activity. Dozens more have been punished by Walmart without losing their jobs.

Is that not enough? Do you need another reason to boycott [...]

Skater Socks: Going Strong After Three Years

Putting hardly-paid kids through a garment fire so you can wear those 70s retro socks just isn’t worth it.

Fortunately, you don’t have to make that choice. As I mentioned back in 2010, Skater Socks makes those stripey tube socks in all kinds of colors right here in the USA, so you know that your [...]

We Can't Survive On $7.25!

On average, CEOs of fast food restaurant chains make $25,000 every day. That’s more than twice what fast food workers who are given New York state’s minimum wage make in an entire year. In the same time that CEOs make $25,000, workers in their restaurants bring in just $56.

Fast Food Forward is paying attention. [...]

Update: Democratic Undergound Still Selling Sweatshop Shirts

Three and a half years ago, I contacted Democratic Underground to ask them why, given their stance at the time against sweatshop production in factories, they were selling shirts many of which were likely made in sweatshops.

Three and a half years later, I haven’t heard a word back from Democratic Underground on this.

Three [...]

Requiring Information That Children Feel Suffering

Mike Johanns and other senators that have introduced legislation requiring women to be informed that abortion can cause pain in a fetus don’t want to apply the same protections for children who have already been born. [...]

ILRF Report: Gymboree = Child Labor

Earlier today, I mocked the American Family Association for its call this year to boycott companies that don’t use the word “Christmas” enough in their advertising. Pardon me for being blunt, but a matter like that is utterly trivial compared to something like forced child labor.

Do you have a second grader at home? [...]

Bill To End Normal Trade Relations With Nations Restricting Labor and Religious Liberty. Your Thoughts?

If there were a nation that engaged in human slavery, would you support normal trade relations with that nation?

When the nation of South Africa engaged in racial apartheid, did you support normal trade relations with South Africa?

Yesterday, I made a critical jab at Rep. Thaddeus McCotter‘s legislation to make pet care expenses tax-deductible. [...]

Hoodies Recalled Ethical Standards

The Commission is highly concerned, however, because the jackets have a drawstring in their hoods, which, if tied in difficult knots around a child’s neck, could present a risk of strangulation. [...]

Interested Parties Articulate Livable Wage Much Higher Than Minimum in Pakistan

As part of an effort to demonstrate that its Lahore, Pakistan factory does right by its workers, Econscious President Dale Denkensohn released reports of workers’ pay from the winter of 2007-2008 a few days ago. Are their reported wages for full-time 48 hour workweeks — 4600 Pakistan rupees a month, equivalent to 37 US pennies [...]