On American Retailers and the Bangladesh Disasters

  American clothing retailers should put up or shut up The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 23, 2013 By Robert J.S. Ross The death of over 1,100 workers in the Bangladesh garment factory collapse now poses a stark challenge to North … Continue reading

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Ralph Lauren and the Olympic Uniforms (from the LA Times)

Op-Ed Hey, Ralph Lauren, sweatshops aren’t chic Olympic gear shouldn’t come from such factories — ours or theirs. By Robert J.S. Ross July 19, 2012 Ralph Lauren, the crown prince of preppy, received more than $30 million in compensation in … Continue reading

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Remembering MayDay

MAY DAY 2012: REMEMBERING WHY Robert J.S. Ross, rjsross@clarku.edu The story of May Day begins with the struggle to make the eight-hour workday the legal and economic norm for wageworkers. In the older industrial countries, this struggle was largely successful, … Continue reading

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Bread and Roses: Dignity and Respect in Working Class Struggles

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 From This week in Sociology Bread and Roses: Dignity and Respect in Working Class Struggles by Robert J. S. Ross, Clark University, Professor of Sociology On January 11, 1912 a group of Polish women textile workers … Continue reading

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Struggles at the bottom of the pyramid [unpublished] June 2009

In the midst of the last Great Depression, in 1933, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins said: “The red silk bargain dress in the shop window is a danger signal. It is a warning of the return of the sweatshop, a … Continue reading

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Workers’ Wages in China and Bangladesh

Author’s note:  this letter made the NYT website, but not the grown-up newspaper. link » July 23, 2010 Workers’ Wages in China and Bangladesh To the Editor: Re “As Labor Costs Rise in China, Textile Jobs Shift Elsewhere” (front page, … Continue reading

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Bangladesh and the Triangle Fires: Exporting fires from rich to poor

12/15/10 Bangladesh and the Triangle Fires:  Exporting fires from rich to poor 100 years after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, a sordid parallel exists across the globe Laws and enforcement needed in trade agreements  On March 25 we will observe the … Continue reading

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In Chains at the Bottom of the Pyramid : Gender and Sweated Labor in Global Apparel Production

Published on the blog site This week in Sociology OCTOBER 25, 2011 Robert J.S. Ross – Clark University Sweatshop conditions refer to long hours, low wages and oppressive conditions – dangerous unhealthy, psychologically abusive or squalid. In the global assembly … Continue reading

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