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McDonalds Advises its Workers: Get a Second Job and don’t buy Food or our Health Insurance

As Brendan Kiley notes, McDonalds has created a special budgeting guide for its employees. Here’s just one page from the guide:

Kiley has noticed that there isn’t any spot for food in McDonalds’ sample budget for its employees, that heat won’t be a necessity either, but that a second job will be necessary. Why? [...]

Centrist? Billionaire Michael Bloomberg Says a Living Wage for Workers is Downright Soviet

When groups like Americans Elect refer to the “sensible center” while drawing up lists of names of acceptable presidential contenders — names like Evan Bayh, Erskine Bowles, Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, David Walker and Michael Bloomberg — they’re appealing to the idea that these are typical people, reasonable, sensible people holding typical ideas, reasonable, sensible [...]

How to Order Sweatshop-Free Alta Gracia Shirts for Your Group

Are you a member of an organization — a school, an activist group, an ethical non-profit, a community sports team — that is looking to buy shirts in bulk? Are you particularly interested in supporting ethically-made, sweatshop-free t-shirts? Would you like to support economic development outside the United States in your choice?

Until this [...]

Now Anybody Can Sell Sweatshop-Free, Living Wage Alta Gracia Shirts

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 [...]

Econscious GOTS Report Establishes Much, But Not Fair Labor Conditions

For a month now, I’ve been evaluating the claim by CafePress that the Econscious brand t-shirts it sells are made produced by “sustainable organizations” in accordance with “fair trade practices.” In particular, I’m looking at production in one of the factories supplying shirts to Econscious — a factory in Lahore, Pakistan. Econscious executives have proclaimed [...]

Basic Food Budget Eats Up Pay of Lahore, Pakistan Econscious Factory Workers

I’ll get to considerations of a basic food budget in Lahore in a moment, but first a review of why I’m interested in the matter:

For a bit less than a month now, I’ve been considering the veracity of claims of CafePress that the Econscious brand shirts it sells are made produced by “sustainable organizations” [...]

Apparel Factory's "Livable Wage" Not Enough to Afford a Slum Flat in Lahore, Pakistan

I’ve been trying to figure out as best I can whether or not the Econscious garment factory’s reported 2007-2008 wage of 4600 rupees for a month of full-time work qualifies as a “livable wage” for its workers who live in the city of Lahore, Pakistan. One way to figure this out is to actually ask [...]

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 [...]

What is a considered a living wage in Lahore, Pakistan?

In the Lahore, Pakistan factory that produces t-shirts for the Econscious brand, workers are reported to have been paid the minimum wage of 4600 Pakistan Rupees per month during the winter of 2007-2008, plus overtime. The average worker at that factory for Econscious took home PKR. 5344.75 (equivalent to US $89) in a month for [...]