Saturday. 6/29, 1pm
Mobilize for Bangladeshi Workers // Mass Funeral Procession to SoHo Retailers

Where: Petrosino Square, Spring St. and Lafayette St, NYC

After the tragic deaths of over 1,200 workers in Bangladesh factory fires and building collapses, U.S. retailers MUST take responsibility for the conditions at factories that produce their clothing. A groundbreaking agreement, the “Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh”, will take meaningful steps towards this goal, but most U.S. companies won’t sign.

Gap, Banana Republic, North Face, Timberland, American Eagle, Target, Sears, Old Navy, Walmart: STOP THE BLOODSHED. Sign the Accord.< Join 99 Pickets, Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM), United Students Against Sweatshops, NYNJRJB Workers United, the YaYa Network, Student Labor Action Movement, the United Auto Workers and the Rude Mechanical Orchestra in a mass funeral march to shame and call out U.S. retailers that haven't signed the Accord. WHEN: Saturday, June 29 at 1pm WHERE: Petrosino Square, near Spring St. & Lafayette St. in Manhattan. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/9uwY1
RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/525866820794337/
*Dress for mourning*

We’ll let SoHo shoppers know about these corporations’ murderous inaction. H&M and other European corporations have signed, why haven’t most U.S. companies?

*More about the Accord*

The Accord, a new agreement between several global union federations and 40 prominent apparel and retail companies, requires companies to participate in and fund a program of independent safety inspections, remediation, and worker safety trainings with the involvement of trade unions.

Visual map of the agreement: http://www.laborrights.org/sites/default/files/publications-and-resources/Visual_explanation_of_the_Bangladesh_Safety_Accord.png

The time for individual and ineffective “corporate social responsibility” programs is long over. The legally binding, multi-stakeholder Accord is the kind of framework that is much more likely to result in safer factories and better jobs for garment workers.

For more info, go to http://99pickets.org/campaigns/bangladesh


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