To Demand Gap & Walmart Join Fire And Safety Agreement Signed By 50 Apparel Companies, Labor Rights Groups Protest At Retailers

 To Demand Gap & Walmart Join Fire And Safety Agreement Signed By 50 Apparel
Companies, Labor Rights Groups Protest At Retailers In Over 30 Cities Saturday

Protesters Say Only Binding Requirements Can Reverse Deathtrap Conditions at
Bangladesh Factories, Lambast Reprise of Giant Retailers' Failed, Decades-Old
"Voluntary" Approach

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --United Students Against
Sweatshops (USAS), labor unions and community groups will hold protests at Gap
and Walmart stores across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom on
Saturday, June 29. Organizers are demanding that the companies sign onto the
Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which holds corporations
legally responsible for the safety of garment workers in Bangladesh.

In response to the April 2013, Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,127
workers, apparel giants such as H&M, PVH and Abercrombie & Fitch signed the
binding agreement. But rather than participate in a labor-backed plan that
could address the problems in Bangladesh's garment industry, the Gap and
Walmart have pursuedtheir own non-binding agreement. The Worker Rights
Consortium, an independent labor monitoring organization, has denounced the
Gap and Walmart's alternative as a cop-out that does nothing to protect

What:  Protests at Gap and Walmart stores demanding the retail giants sign on
to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

Who: United Students Against Sweatshops and labor groups including United
Steelworkers, Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, Amalgamated
Transit Union, American Federation of Teachers, Bangladesh Center for Worker
Solidarity, Bangladesh Garment & Industrial Workers Federation, Clean Clothes
Campaign, IndustriALL, International Labor Rights Forum, Jobs With Justice,
Labor Behind the Label, Maquila Solidarity Network, People & Planet, National
Garment Workers Federation (Bangladesh), United Auto Workers, United Food and
Commercial Workers, and Workers United (SEIU). See signatories on Statement of
Support for the Day of Action.

Where: Gap and Walmart stores across the world. See the list of events
currently scheduled.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2013

USAS  is North America's largest student-run campaign organization, with
affiliated organizations on over 150 college campuses advocating for the
rights of workers on our campuses, in our communities and making our college
apparel. Learn more at and

The United Steelworkers (USW) represents 850,000 men and women employed in
metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the
energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public
sector and service occupations.

With 2.1 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is
the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in
healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning
better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while
uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure
that workers—not just corporations and CEOs—benefit from today's global

SOURCE Service Employees International Union

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