If you would like to get more involved here are the dates and contact info for protests happening in a city near you:
New York- Sunday Dec. 17 Jessie Leiken 301-512-7109
Boston- Sunday Dec. 17 Jamila Martin 617-549-6813
Philadelphia- Wednesday Dec. 20 Dina Yarmus 215-280-0111
Washington, DC- Wednesday Dec. 20 Zack Knorr 951-368-8004 Tell me more
Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
CEO of Jones Apparel Peter Boneparth
Executive VP and General Counsel Ira Dansky
Manager of Corporate Compliance Matthew Xu
President of Aldem International B.C. Caldem
VP Corporate Compliance and Human Rights Laura Whitman
Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Stop the union-busting!
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
I am writing to express my concern over the anti-union practices that seem to be common place in factories producing for Jones Apparel. Six months ago, workers at the Rising Sun Factory in Kenya were fired and beaten simply for protesting the low wages, sexual harrassment, and other unacceptable practices that were happening every day in their factory. Many of these workers were blacklisted, and it is my understanding that they are owed more than 500,000 dollars in severance that has yet to be paid. In addition, workers throughout the Athi River Zone, an area in which Jones Apparel is one of the major buyers, have been attempting to renegotiate their collective bargaining agreement for over a year while factory management throughout the region has refused to bargain in good faith.
At the same time, similar abuses have taken place in the Avandia SA factory in Guatemala. Some time ago, your company agreed to participate in a code of conduct compliance pilot project at this factory in which 37 workers were elected by their co-workers to receive training and to become worker representatives. Unfortunately, factory management never acted in good faith with these workers and, in the last two months, more than 25 workers have been fired simply for trying to exercise their associational rights.
I find this kind of behavior to be unacceptable, and would urge Jones Apparel to live up to its responsibilities by ensuring that the following steps are taken:
As concerns the workers of Rising Sun:
1. Ensure that all fired workers are either rehired or receive the compensation to which they are entitled.
2. Participate in good faith in the stakeholder meeting between the Tailors and Textile Workers Union, Athi River EPZ employers and buyers and ensure that buyers are working towards the payment of a living wage in the zone.
3. Offer incentives for employers to end the casualization in the region and to bargain in good faith with the Tailors and Textile Workers Union.!
As concerns the workers of Avandia SA:
1. Ensure that all of the terminated workers are rehired and that they receive all lost wages to which they are entitled.
2. Ensure that the factory management make oral and written statements expressing their commitment to protecting workers' rights, including the right to freely associate.
3. Publicly commit to keeping the level of orders at the factory steady while working with factory management to attain compliance with basic standards of worker rights.
I am deeply disturbed to discover that Jones Apparel Group would even tacitly allow such abuses to occur, and I expect that your company will take the steps necessary to ensure that these abuses are addressed.