Saturday, November 18th
Steve and Barry’s store in the Centerpointe Mall
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Students Protest Worker Abuses at Kenyan Factory
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STEVE AND BARRY’S ALLOWS WORKERS RIGHTS VIOLATIONS! DON’T LET THE SUN SET ON RISING SUN FACTORY!
Steve and Barry’s talks about their low prices, but what they don’t talk about is the appallingly low human rights standards in the factories where their clothing is produced!
Saturday, November 18th, 2006 – Students will gather to protest outside the Steve and Barry’s store in the Center Point Mall of Grand Rapids due to the recent workers rights abuses in the Rising Sun Factory. The Rising Sun Factory, located in the Athi River Export Processing Zone of Kenya, is currently producing exclusively for Steve and Barry’s. Over four months have now passed since approximately 1,272 workers were illegally locked out of Rising Sun. Last May, workers demonstrated peacefully in response to egregious mistreatment by management, including frequently delayed payment, forced and improperly compensated overtime, and verbal and physical abuse. Workers are still owed over $540,000 dollars. Students’ demand to Steve and Barry’s: “Live up to the code of conduct you agreed to follow when producing our schools apparel — fair payment for all Rising Sun workers now, stop firing union members, no blacklisting of worker leaders!”