Founded in 1995, Sweatshop Watch is a coalition of labor, community, civil rights, immigrant rights, women''s, religious and student organizations, and individuals committed to eliminating the exploitation that occurs in sweatshops. We serve low wage workers, with a focus on garment workers in California, as well as nationally and globally. We believe that workers should be earning a living wage in a safe and decent working environment.
Our accomplishments include:
* winning justice for the El Monte, CA slave sweatshop workers, released in 1995
* raising the minimum wage in California in 1996
* hosting a living wage summit for garment worker advocates from around the world in 1998
* winning the country''s toughest sweatshop reform law for California''s 160,000 garment workers in 1999
* settling lawsuits in 1999 with several major retailers, who agreed to implment independent monitoring to prevent future worker abuses in their factories in Saipan
* educating countless consumers through our Web site, newsletter and traveling photo exhibit.