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'I Made This... But Didn't Get Paid': Garment Workers Appeal Directly to Shoppers


'I Made This... But Didn't Get Paid': Garment Workers Appeal Directly to Shoppers

Julia Conley, staff writer

Factory workers draw attention to mistreatment and unpaid wages with notes hidden inside clothing items


Was listening to a talk show host about tech yesterday - I think it was someone called Kim Comando. Anyway she is touting an app that you can use to find the absolute cheapest prices for any product. When I heard that I’m thinking - is that all we (US americans) care about any more - the cheapest price? Do we care about quality? or if the people who made these “cheapest” product got paid enough to have a decent living? This is a sickness in the US - the bottom feeding mentality of getting things the cheapest. People love to brag about how “cheap” they bought something. Why don’t they brag about buying something of quality that was made by competent people who got paid well for making a good product. I am so tired of so many of the beliefs that americans (in US) hold about life and the values we hold. When can we wake up?


I don’t know if there are any Zara retailers here in the US or not. That said, I see that capitalism’s corruption and abject exploitation of workers is systemic the world over. I buy clothes made all over and I hope the workers are at least being paid their slave wages. I am on a very limited fixed budget so I buy what I can afford. An answer to reader321, above, is most Americans are also being paid slave wages and are looking for what, they too, can afford. And yes, I’m well aware of the appalling conditions that exist in foreign countries. Capitalism needs to end and a switch to a democratic socialism has to happen or everybody, including most of the species, will be flushed down the memory holes of Earth’s eons, and she will start over again, sans humans. In an whole new reboot or version X.0 for those techies out there. (You fill in the X)


A large part of the “cheapest price” concern in the US may be because people’s wages here have stagnated for 40 years and more. With less money to buy essentials that are constantly rising in price, the “cheapest price” has become for too many, for too long, a basic necessity. That the “cheapness” of those products depends on paying laborers in other countries starvation wages is on the heads of those corporate CEOs who only see bottom lines rather than the misery they inflict.


Making the chic

Getting the shaft


Labor laws should be written in such a way that the workers who build the product AUTOMATICALLY have a Mechanics’ Lien against the company and its building and machinery, so the employees are the first ones paid if the company goes belly-up. Only after their paychecks clear the bank do the employees lift the lien, in a process that continues week after week.


Kim Komando, Computer Goddess.


Good suggestion!


And I’m sure the CEOs brag about how cheap they got their employees. So, so American.