Economic Justice

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Update posted 18 hours ago

Petition to Walmart , Primark , Forever 21, Armani , Urban Outfitters

#GoTransparent: Demand to Know Who Made Your Clothes

Have you ever shopped at Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Primark, or Armani? Do you know how to find out exactly where those clothes were made, and under what conditions? Neither do we!  We often lack meaningful information about where our clothes and shoes were made. A T-shirt label might say “Made in China,” but in which of the country’s thousands of factories was it made? What were the working conditions of the workers—mostly women—in these factories?  The need for information about factories manufacturing for global brands has become painfully clear in recent years through deadly garment factory catastrophes. The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013 killed over 1,100 garment workers and injured more than 2,000. In the year before the collapse, two factory fires—one in Pakistan’s Ali Enterprises factory and another in Bangladesh’s Tazreen Fashions factory—killed more than 350 workers and left many others with serious disabilities. When these tragedies occurred, virtually no public information was available about the brands that were sourcing from these factories. The only way to hold these apparel companies accountable was to interview survivors and rummage through the rubble to find brand labels. Four years have passed since these tragedies. It’s time for industry-wide transparency. As a result of civil society pressure, over the past decade a growing number of global apparel companies have published information about factories that manufacture their branded products. But too many remain in the shadows.   Demanding that apparel companies publish their supplier factory information could help workers by allowing unions and other labor advocates to alert brands to labor abuses in these factories. Knowing the multitude of brands that a factory produces for can help brands co-operate on solutions to labor rights problems. The new “Transparency Pledge” for apparel and footwear brands aims to create a level playing field in the garment industry. Brands that join the pledge will publish key information about their supplier factories. Developed by a civil society coalition, the Transparency Pledge is a crucial starting point for shedding light on who made your clothes. You can read more about the Transparency Pledge and the civil society coalition that developed it in a new report, Follow the Thread. Coalition members wrote to more than 70 apparel companies, asking them to agree to implement a Transparency Pledge and publish information about factories where their brands are produced. The “Follow the Thread” Campaign is asking Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Primark, and Armani to commit to the Transparency Pledge and implement it by December 31, 2017. This is the first step in making the industry more transparent and fostering an environment of accountability and protection of human rights of workers.The Follow the Thread Campaign is a coalition consisting of Human Rights Watch, Clean Clothes Campaign and International Labor Rights Forum.

Follow the Thread Campaign
57,622 supporters
Update posted 19 hours ago

Petition to Michigan Public Service Commission Case 18418

Fair Yooper Electric Rates

 I live in Germfask where our rates are some of the highest in the country. We are served by UPPCO. Since UPPCO announced their proposed rate increase case I’ve been trying to understand why. I organized this online petition drive that garnered over 3,300 signatures in comments opposing those increases across the U.P.  Now is time to expand this Petition to let the voices of ALL Yoopers be heard.There is a new law that requires every utility to file something called an Integrated Resource Plan or “IRP” as it is called. An IRP certainly sounds good. A comprehensive plan to figure out how much electricity is going to be needed in the future and consider some of the alternatives, like wind and solar and how much they would cost. I have 4 points to make regarding this IRP plan. 1.) We need a plan for the entire Upper Peninsula. It makes no sense for UPPCO to have one plan and Cloverland, for example, to have another plan. Right now, we all get our power from the power plant in Marquette. And when WEPCO (now called UMERC I guess) wanted to shut down that power plant everyone in the U.P. had to pay to keep it open, not just the WEPCO customers. What happens on one side of the U.P. affects the other side of the U.P. 2.) My 2nd point is that this plan should be studied and approved before the Public Service Commission approves WEPCO’s or UMERC’s request to build 2 new plants. Not one, but two. And who will pay for these? The people of the U.P.? The estimated cost of the two plants is $277,000,000. From what I’ve been able to read online, these plants are being built to serve the Cliffs mines. That’s fine. But I shouldn’t have to pay for them. Even UPPCO has opposed these plants because of the increase in costs to its customers. (and I never thought I’d be on the same side of an issue with UPPCO). Again, I’m no expert in these utility matters, but from what I read, it looks to me like the MINES will take 70% of the power of these two plants, but only pay for 50% of them, leaving folks like me and others having to pick up the difference. Maybe I’ve got this all wrong, if I do, please straighten me out, but this seems to me to amount to an unfair subsidy. Approving the two Baraga plants BEFORE the IRP is approved is putting the cart before the horse. 3.) My 3rd point is that this plan should also include a financial analysis of bringing in power to the U.P. from Ontario through the Sault. Again, from what I’ve read there is a study going on to look into that. Cheap power from Canada’s hydro or an unused natural gas plant up there could save us all the cost of building these expensive new plants when cheaper cleaner power may be right across the border. 4.) Finally, I think this plan should take a close look at these new meters that are being installed. They are supposed to be the new technology allowing customers to eventually better control their own usage. But from what I read on Facebook, hundreds of people have seen their bills go up without any increase in their electric usage. I wonder who is paying for the electricity that powers these smart meters. Is it the customer? Is that why their bills have gone up so much? I believe a COMPREHENSIVE IRP is vital to to all Yoopers to achieve lower, affordable electric rates. If you agree with my view please join our Petition and go to the Rally Congress link below. 

Gary Talarico
3,370 supporters