The group KU Students for Sweatshop-Free Apparel is hosting a worker tour where they are bringing two garment factory workers who sew university apparel in the Dominican Republic to KU's campus to share their stories.
The speaking event is September 30th at 4:00 p.m. in the Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM) Building.
These workers are from Alta Gracia, a factory producing college-logo apparel that's located in Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic. In contrast to the often exploitative conditions in the factories where most university apparel is made, Alta Gracia treats its workers with dignity. Workers at Alta Gracia are paid a living wage- over three times the local minimum, have a democratic voice on the job, and work in a safe and healthy work environment as regularly verified by independent labor rights watchdog Worker Rights Consortium. Alta Gracia is now sold in over 400 college bookstores (including KU's!), and costs no more- in fact, it often costs less- that other mainstream brands.
The result of over a decade of students and workers organizing together, Alta Gracia has had a profound impact on the community of Villa Altagracia well as the wider garment industry. It's a victory for workers' rights, women's rights, economic justice, anti-human trafficking, and so much more.
The event is co-sponsored by Solidarity Ignite.