Stop the Abuse of Young Women Sewing T-Shirts for the NFL
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Commissioner, NFL
Roger Goodell
President, Reebok
Uli Becker
CEO, Puma
Jochen Zeitz
President, Old Navy
John Wyatt
CEO, Columbia
Timothy Boyle
CEO, Talbots
Trudy Sullivan
CEO, Perry Ellis International
George Feldenkreis

Stop the Abuse of Young Women Sewing T-Shirts for the NFL

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      Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

Women at the Ocean Sky sweatshop in El Salvador are paid just eight cents for each $25 NFL T-shirt they sew. Their wages amount to just 3/10ths of one percent of the NFL shirt's retail price!

Workers sewing for NFL, Reebok, Puma, Old Navy (GAP), Columbia, Talbots and Penguin (Munsingwear) are drenched in their own sweat...Drinking water is filthy...They are cursed at...Garments hurled in their faces...Surveillance cameras monitor the workers' every move...Overtime is forced...Wages of 72 to 92 cents an hour-one quarter of what a family needs to survive... Anyone even asking for their rights will be immediately fired and blacklisted.

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Don't let NFL, Reebok, Puma, GAP and the other companies get away with it. Their corporate codes of conduct and corporate monitoring have failed miserably.

The U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement has ended in a race to the bottom, with workers stripped of their rights and trapped in poverty.

Ask the U.S. Government to finally implement the worker rights provisions in the US-CAFTA. Right now, only corporations have rights. But the workers want to be treated like human beings.

Please help. Sign the petition on the top right of this page.

We are calling upon U.S. and Salvadoran Government officials, along with representatives of the NFL, Reebok, Puma, GAP and the other labels to travel to El Salvador and meet face to face with the Ocean Sky workers. 

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    1. Reached 1 signatures
    2. The story on this campaign has been mentioned by , the , , and even the

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Get Your Super Bowl Fan Jerseys, Courtesy of Abused Women

      In near 100 degree heat, with only contaminated drinking water nearby, women work 60-hour weeks sewing the NFL fan jerseys sold across the nation in preparation for the big day: Super Bowl Sunday. Fired for complaining, abused for existing, these El...

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. Abused, Exploited and Threatened: Women Making NFL T-Shirts

      This Sunday, sometime in the late afternoon/evening, more than 100 million of people from Alaska to Orlando, will sit down on their couch, hop on a bar stool or pop open their laptop to watch the most popular televised event of the year: the Super...

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. Representatives from Adidas, Reebok, Puma and the GAP arrived in El Salvador yesterday to investigate allegations of worker abuse at the Ocean Sky factory

    9. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Tabitha harwood CHARLOTTE, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      STOP THE DRUG WAR NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Stop arresting adults for poss if marijuana, its SAFER THAN ALCOHAL.

    • Sue halbrader ROCKFORD, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      Companies should have learned the lesson long ago from the tragedy at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Slaves are locked in. Employees are not. Stop the abuse!

    • Steve Howard CINCINNATI, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      Funny how profit is more important than anything else to so many people. What a disgrace we have all become.

    • Barbara Tomlinson SEATTLE, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      At the University of Washington, there's an organization, Students Against Sweatshops. This sort of issue is a good one for Students to take up. Student Sportswear, Band Uniforms, and University Logo shirts, are often produced under the same conditions as the NFL sportswear. Whatever the seller of the stuff can get away with -- it's a "race to the bottom". Thanks to NAFTA and CAFTA. Of course, the American workers suffer too -- thru unemployment, and making a farce out of Union gains, that lead to the American Middle Classes' high standard of living {once}.


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