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    Taking A Stand!!!

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    Default These Workers Are Fighting To Keep Your North Face Jacket From Being Made for Poverty

    I am sure some of you use these products so this might be of interest to you.
    When Saudia Durrant approached the manager at an REI store in Manhattan earlier this month to explain that Polartec, the company that makes much of the fabric that REI uses in their products, was closing their flagship production facility in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the manager listened attentively.

    “I let her know that we’re there to represent the Polartec workers [in Lawrence] who are organizing to put pressure on Polartec to have a conversation about keeping Polartec in Lawrence, Massachusetts,” Durant told In These Times.

    Durrant, who works for UNITE HERE in New York, was one of over 100 union members, including a number of workers from the Lawrence plant, who approached management at REI stores in 21 cities across the country last Wednesday to draw attention to the closing of the historic textile mill.
    Polartec, best known for inventing polar fleece, provides materials for companies like Patagonia, The North Face and LL Bean, as well as the U.S. military. The company has operated the factory since 1906. Once a thriving factory town, Lawrence has seen numerous factories close in the last few decades as domestic manufacturing has left in search of cheaper labor markets in the South and overseas. The town has a vibrant history of labor militancy: In 1912, during the “Bread and Roses Strike,” tens of thousands of workers, who spoke over 20 different languages and worked at nearly every textile mill in Lawrence, successfully struck to protest management’s response to local laws that sought to reduce the number of hours they were able to work.
    These Workers Are Fighting To Keep Your North Face Jacket From Being Made for Poverty Wages - Working In These Times
    Last edited by ABFwife; 03-30-2016 at 09:52 PM.

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