From: John Beck
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008
To: Link, Terry
Subject: Our Wal-Mart No Sweat
In the Fields and Factories:
Human Cost of Everyday Low Prices at Wal-Mart
Come hear two
workers tell their stories of toiling in Cambodia and Costa Rica to provide the
goods and produce available at your local Wal-Mart – and learn how
you can make a difference!!
From Costa Rica, Didier Leiton (41 years
old) has worked for 17 years on pineapple and banana plantations and has worked
for two years as a union organizer for SITRAP (Sindicato de Trabajadores
Agrícolas y Plantaciones). He has been ‘black listed’ by the
plantations for his activities with the union. Workers on the plantation are
usually under 40 years old because of the hard physical labor required of them.
He is responsible for organizing workers on pineapple and banana plantations
that supply fruit to Wal-Mart stores.
From Cambodia, Phal Savin has sewed
clothing for Wal-Mart and was recently fired for trying to form a union. She is
vice president of the Coalition of Cambodia
Apparel Worker Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) and
has spent many years working in garment factories. She has witnessed the many
abuses inflicted on workers by factory management. Phal has directly experienced
cruel labor practices in which she has been forced to work long hours and has
experienced the intimidation by management in response to her organizing
activities. She and the other workers have focused on raising the wages at
their factory and other factories that supply directly to such companies as
Wal-Mart. Phal has 5 children.
This event is
hosted by the Labor Education Program of Michigan
School of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Co-sponsors include Peace and Justice Studies, James
and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean
Studies among others (A full list of sponsors is in development). For more
information, contact John Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 517-432-3982.