TODAY: Protest Steve and Barry's in Michigan


Saturday, November 18th
12:00 pm

Steve and Barry’s store in the Centerpointe Mall

3665 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512


Kathryn O’Donnell
odonneka (AT) student (DOT) gvsu (DOT) edu

Students Protest Worker Abuses at Kenyan Factory

Used by Steve and Barry’s


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!”

The Grand Valley State University Students have planned this action to tell Steve and Barry’s that
if they continue to violate workers rights that they will no longer be welcome to do business with GVSU.


Anonymous said...

I work with SnB's and feel slighted by management, moreover corporate. My co-workwers and I have been victim to false accusations, mental abuse in the form of fear tactics and most leading to termination when dealing with Loss Prevention. I am still at this current job. I moved out to here a few months ago but have worked with this particular company for years. This last paycheck was the straw to break me. The signature was missing on every check. You are unable to cash your check without a signature. Monday is a holiday. How many of us are already living check to check and are heavily dependent on this Friday. Many of us were unable to make it to work the next day because of lack of funds for bus and or gas. Messing with somebodies life is one thing but when you put your better time into work for weeks and recieve no gratitude, it is a slap in the face. I was given a supposed "gift card," which I still have not recieved, over three weeks. The bi-weekly paycheck is torture enough. Every other week I become a monk and only eat dinner. Not by choice.
Feel free to contact me, I may sound crazy but I feel a certain responsibility when they look to me for answers.
Thank you for your time.

California, US


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