United Students Against Sweatshops

United Students Against Sweatshops United Students Against Sweatshops is a national student labor organization fighting for workers' rights with locals on over 150 campuses. United Students Against Sweatshops is the nation's largest youth-led, student labor campaign organization, with affiliated locals on over 150 campuses.
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USAS affiliates run both local and nationally-coordinated campaigns for economic justice in partnership with worker and community organizations. Since 1997, USAS has won precedent-setting campaigns, educated students about the growing dominance of corporations in the globalized economy, as well as the intersectionality of identity and social justice issues with the labor movement, and has trained tens of thousands of young activists to become skilled organizers, researchers, and campaigners in labor and social justice organizations. USAS seeks to hold accountable multinational companies that exploit the people who work on university campuses, in our communities, and in the overseas factories where collegiate apparel is produced. Students have unique leverage over the colleges and universities that are often the largest employers, the largest landlords, and large institutional investors in our communities and regions. Students also have leverage over the companies that value universities as clients. Over the past 16 years, USAS has won significant campaigns for organizing rights, fair contracts and living wage policies on campuses and in communities all across the US, using student power to support workers struggling to transform minimum wage jobs into living-wage, union jobs, and ensure universities support ethical contractors that set - not undercut - good employment standards in local economies. USAS is committed to building the next generation of progressive leaders who will be at the forefront of labor and social justice struggles. In carrying out this mission, we actively practice the principles of collective liberation to prioritize the development and mentorship of students of color, working class students mixed-race students, women, transgender, queer and differently-abled students. We strive to build deep relationships with other grassroots movements because we believe the labor movement is part of broader struggle for global justice.

Mission: USAS is an international student movement of campuses and individual students fighting for sweatshop free labor conditions and workers' rights. We define 'sweatshop' broadly and recognize that it is not limited to the apparel industry, but everywhere among us.

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United Students Against Sweatshops - USAS Local 94 at UCSD has started a petition demanding that UC San Diego Health CEO...
11/11/2020
UCSD: Rescind the Racist Layoffs of Tammy and Ashley

United Students Against Sweatshops - USAS Local 94 at UCSD has started a petition demanding that UC San Diego Health CEO Patty Maysent rescind the racist layoffs of workers Tammy and Ashley. Please sign and share the petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/ucsd-rescind-the-racist-layoffs-of-tammy-and-ashley/

“My name is Tammy. I worked at UCSD Health for two and a half years, in May of 2020 I put in a complaint with HR on my supervisor for discrimination, and a month later I was laid off. UCSD has admitted my lay off was done incorrectly, but has not done anything to correct it. With COVID-19, it has ...

Join us this Sunday, November 15th, at 7:00pm ET / 6:00pm CT / 4:00pm PT for an interactive workshop on Joining the Labo...
11/11/2020

Join us this Sunday, November 15th, at 7:00pm ET / 6:00pm CT / 4:00pm PT for an interactive workshop on Joining the Labor Movement After USAS. The workshop will be led by USAS alum and SEIU 509 Organizing Director Marcelle Grair, who will teach us about the many different opportunities to work in the labor movement after college. If you’re interested in working for a union or elsewhere in the movement after graduation, you won’t want to miss this event - register at http://bit.ly/laborafterusas to attend!

"The events of this year have increasingly brought to light what many of us have always known to be true: this system is...
11/05/2020

"The events of this year have increasingly brought to light what many of us have always known to be true: this system is failing everyone, and working people are ready to fight back. We are witnessing the self-destruction of capitalism right before our eyes, so how can we use the momentum in the streets right now to build our power as student organizers, as workers, and as the future leaders of the labor movement? It’s time to dream big!"

USAS Coordinating Committee endorsed the below statement written by USAS Local 617 at UMass Boston and USAS Local 559 at Fresno City College

Read the full statement on our website here: usas.org/nov-5-2020-statement

#Labor2020 #StudentSafetyOverProfit #WorkerSafetyOverProfit ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼

Today we have an urgent call for solidarity from a worker at the UC San Diego Health Center who is facing a retaliatory ...
11/02/2020

Today we have an urgent call for solidarity from a worker at the UC San Diego Health Center who is facing a retaliatory layoff after speaking out about racism in the workplace. Tammy Totten, a Teamsters Local 2010 member, is one of only two Black workers in the UCSD Health Managed Care unit. After filing a discrimination complaint against her supervisor, Tammy faced harassment and threats in the workplace until she was issued a layoff notice. Tammy is now calling on USASers to support her in demanding that UCSD Health Center CEO Patty Maysent rescind her layoff notice. Click https://ctt.ac/3xQW1 to tweet in solidarity with Tammy and let UCSD know that racism will not be tolerated in the workplace!

USAS sent a letter to the CEOs of Canada Goose and Bain Capital inviting them to our campaign kickoff meeting tomorrow -...
10/16/2020

USAS sent a letter to the CEOs of Canada Goose and Bain Capital inviting them to our campaign kickoff meeting tomorrow - will they show up to explain why workers at their Winnipeg factory are facing unsafe conditions and intimidation from management? Join tomorrow’s Student Solidarity Summit with Winnipeg Youth United and Workers United Canada Council, an SEIU affiliate to find out! Register: bit.ly/cgtruth

Join us this Saturday at 3:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Central / 12:00pm Pacific for the official launch of our campaign in so...
10/15/2020

Join us this Saturday at 3:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Central / 12:00pm Pacific for the official launch of our campaign in solidarity with Canada Goose workers demanding the right to unionize. Register now: http://bit.ly/cgtruth

It's time for Canada Goose to treat their Winnipeg factory workers fairly. Workers face low wages, unfair piecework rates, poor treatment of immigrant workers, pressure to meet unrealistic standards, favouritism, threats and bullying from management.

Join Winnipeg Youth United, United Students Against Sweatshops and Workers United Canada Council this Saturday for an online Youth Solidarity Summit to gain justice for Canada Goose workers.

Register at https://bit.ly/CGTruth

Follow Canada Goose Truth on Instagram to learn more about this campaign at https://instagram.com/cgtruth
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#canadagoose #canadadouche #union #unionize #solidarity #respectworkers #workersrights #unions #workers #tradeunion #1u #crueltyfree #canada #canadianworkers #justice #justiceforworkers #workforce #SupportUnions #SupportEsentialWorkers #winnipeg #cgtruth #students #youth #studentmovement

Join USAS, Winnipeg Youth United, and Workers United Canada Council, an SEIU affiliate next Saturday, October 17th 3-4:3...
10/10/2020

Join USAS, Winnipeg Youth United, and Workers United Canada Council, an SEIU affiliate next Saturday, October 17th 3-4:30pm ET for the Canada Goose Student Solidarity Summit where we will plan our campaign to win justice for Canada Goose garment workers! Register: bit.ly/cgtruth

Canada Goose workers from Winnipeg, Manitoba have come forward with stories of injustice happening in their workplace. They are demanding the right to form a union in an atmosphere free of company interference and free of fear. Workers are facing a number of issues including safety during the pandemic, bullying from management, poor treatment of immigrant workers, no job security, and sweatshop wages.

USAS is joining with Winnipeg Youth United, to stand in solidarity with workers and their fight for justice, and together we are ready to expose the company’s unethical practices and reveal the truth behind their famous label!

We are inviting all youth leaders and activists interested in making the right to organize a union a fundamental human right, to an online zoom planning meeting on Saturday October 17th, 2020 @ 3:00pm – 4:30pm ET. We will hear from workers first hand, and collectively develop a plan for the rest of this year and 2021 to show our support and help the 1000 workers in Winnipeg win justice.

Follow @CGTruth on Facebook/Instagram for more info about Canada Goose garment workers' fight!
#GettheGoose #RighttoUnionize

🚨🚨🚨 Today we have an urgent call to action in solidarity with the New York State Nurses Association. Click ctt.ac/qGI26 ...
09/30/2020

🚨🚨🚨 Today we have an urgent call to action in solidarity with the New York State Nurses Association. Click ctt.ac/qGI26 to tweet in support of Jen and other Albany Medical Center nurses, and tell board member Ruth Mahoney that the time to support nurses is now! Also call Ruth's office at ‭(518) 257-8723‬ and tell her that USAS says a contract for Albany nurses is long overdue! ☎️

🗣 Jen Bejo, a nurse at Albany Medical Center, has reached out with the following message:

“Nurses at Albany Medical Center are fighting for the health and safety of our coworkers, communities and patients. As patient advocates, we've risen to the challenge during a global pandemic, but management refuses to bargain in good faith. Three years after we voted overwhelmingly to organize a union, management continues to stall negotiations. With a second wave of COVID looming, we can wait no longer. We need a contract now so that we can retain nurses, fight for safe staffing and have a real voice on the job. By a supermajority, nurses have authorized a strike. We are calling on the support of USAS to help us pressure management to do the right thing and settle our contract. The health and safety of our communities depends on it! Will you tweet and call Albany Medical Center board member Ruth Mahoney and tell her to back the frontline workers and settle the contract?” - RN Jen Bejo ✊

⏩ Click ctt.ac/qGI26 to tweet in support of Jen and other Albany Medical Center nurses, and tell board member Ruth Mahoney that the time to support workers is now! You can also call her office at ‭(518) 257-8723‬ and tell her that USAS says a contract for Albany nurses is long overdue. Please tweet, call, and share widely! ☎️

Join us this Sunday, Sept 27th at 3pm ET/2pm CT/12pm PT for our organizing call focused on the crucial labor issue of he...
09/22/2020

Join us this Sunday, Sept 27th at 3pm ET/2pm CT/12pm PT for our organizing call focused on the crucial labor issue of health and safety! We will be joined by the @nynurses who are on the frontlines during this pandemic. Get ready to discuss how to creatively plan powerful actions that prioritize safety as we pressure our universities! Register now: bit.ly/usashealth

🗣  Listen in as Teamsters Local 2010 members and USASers from across the California State University (CSU) make public c...
09/22/2020
CSU Board of Trustees Open Sessions | CSU

🗣 Listen in as Teamsters Local 2010 members and USASers from across the California State University (CSU) make public comment to the Board of Trustees demanding an end to layoffs during the pandemic!! ✊ https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/board-of-trustees/livestream

Due to the nature of real-time captioning the resulting unedited text may contain errors and is not an authoritative record of today's meeting. If you experience video or connection issues during playback, please refresh your web browser.

USAS Local 14 at Gonzaga University is leading the fight for student and worker safety on their campus! Check out this a...
09/17/2020
Urgent Demands for Safety at Gonzaga

USAS Local 14 at Gonzaga University is leading the fight for student and worker safety on their campus! Check out this article and sign their petition at bit.ly/safety4zags

“Gonzaga isn’t doing what it should be to protect the students and workers,” [USAS Local 14 Leader Frida] Curiel Cota said. “We shouldn’t have indoor dining, people should get tested, people should know who they’ve been around that tested positive and people should also have some sense of job security during these times because I can’t imagine working at a university and knowing that if an outbreak comes, then I lose my main source of income.”

The safety and livelihoods of thousands of students and workers at Gonzaga University is at risk and they need your support - sign this petition to the Gonzaga President now and make sure he meets our demands! Due to USAS pressure on September 3rd, Gonzaga met our demand to publicize COVID testing s...

Connect with USASers running campaigns across the country by joining the new USAS Slack community! This is a space for U...
09/11/2020

Connect with USASers running campaigns across the country by joining the new USAS Slack community! This is a space for USAS members to connect with each other, stay up to date on USAS campaigns, and participate in working groups with other student organizers. You can sign up to join the Slack at bit.ly/usasslack if you are a current student and registered USAS member -- become a member now at bit.ly/usasdues if you’re not already!

Applications for USAS WRC Board Representatives are now open! USAS WRC Board Representatives play a crucial role in repr...
09/11/2020

Applications for USAS WRC Board Representatives are now open! USAS WRC Board Representatives play a crucial role in representing and advocating for USAS’ positions on international solidarity campaigns (ISC) to the Worker Rights Consortium and other external organizations. WRC Board Representatives also keep USAS members informed about our ISC work and take on regional and national leadership among students working on garment worker solidarity campaigns. This position is for students committed to strengthening the leverage of USAS in the global labor movement. Email your completed application (bit.ly/usaswrcrep) to [email protected] by 11:59pm ET on Wednesday, September 16th.

🚨  We are having a National Emergency USAS Call this Sunday, September 13th at 3pm ET/2pm CT/12pm PT! 🚨➡️  Make sure to ...
09/09/2020

🚨 We are having a National Emergency USAS Call this Sunday, September 13th at 3pm ET/2pm CT/12pm PT! 🚨

➡️ Make sure to register: bit.ly/covidoncampus ⬅️

We are calling all USAS members for an emergency campus reopening call! We will hear from USASers fighting for student and worker safety on their campuses, hear from you and what’s happening on your campus, and we’ll strategize together to make sure our universities listen to our demands to put #studentsafetyoverprofit and #workersafetyoverprofit ✊

***Flyer creds to Samantha from Fresno City College USAS Local 559***

While Gonzaga University gave students a “choice” to return to campus, mandatory in-person classes forced many students ...
09/08/2020
Urgent Demands for Safety at Gonzaga

While Gonzaga University gave students a “choice” to return to campus, mandatory in-person classes forced many students to return. Student and worker safety is more important than your profits! President McCulloh, meet our demands. Sign & share: http://bit.ly/safety4zags. #ZagsHelpZags #COVIDonCampus

The safety and livelihoods of thousands of students and workers at Gonzaga University is at risk and they need your support - sign this petition to the Gonzaga President now and make sure he meets our demands! Due to USAS pressure on September 3rd, Gonzaga met our demand to publicize COVID testing s...

UPDATE: Due to your tweets at Gonzaga yesterday, the university has published a COVID testing dashboard and President Mc...
09/04/2020

UPDATE: Due to your tweets at Gonzaga yesterday, the university has published a COVID testing dashboard and President McCulloh released a 6-minute video announcing that students will be randomly selected for free tests. Pressure from USASers across the country is helping to keep students and workers safe, but we’re not done yet! There are still 5,000 students who have not yet been tested, and Gonzaga is currently only testing students who show symptoms of the virus. Gonzaga University needs to meet our remaining demands of making testing mandatory for ALL students and workers, closing the indoor dining areas, and guaranteeing that workers will be paid until the end of the semester in the event of a campus closure. Click ctt.ac/vN2OU to tweet at President McCulloh to put student and worker safety over profit and meet all of our demands!

🚨  The safety of thousands of students and workers at Gonzaga University is at risk, and they need your support! CLICK H...
09/03/2020

🚨 The safety of thousands of students and workers at Gonzaga University is at risk, and they need your support! CLICK HERE to tweet in solidarity now: https://ctt.ac/zftFp ✊🏾

An anonymous USAS whistleblower has been made aware of multiple COVID-19 outbreaks on campus, but this information has not been communicated to students! You can read more about the dangerous situation at Gonzaga and our demands here: usas.org/safety4zags/

“I know our team didn’t wanna play. But when they started talking about the business side of things it kind of changed o...
08/29/2020

“I know our team didn’t wanna play. But when they started talking about the business side of things it kind of changed our mindset, but when we get down to the human decency of life - you’re choosing a human or you’re choosing a game." - Ariel Atkins, Washington Mystics

⚡️ USAS is in solidarity with athletes on strike! 🏀🎾⚾️

📌 Strike (n.) - When workers collectively withhold their labor.

Last weekend at the USAS Virtual Summer Conference, USASers discussed our campuses’ appalling reopening plans. Students ...
08/27/2020

Last weekend at the USAS Virtual Summer Conference, USASers discussed our campuses’ appalling reopening plans. Students across the country are making our own plans to fight back ;) #StudentSafetyOverProfit #WorkerSafetyOverProfit

USAS’s first ever VIRTUAL conference was a SUCCESS! 🎉 ⁣⁣Students from over 40 different campuses (including a high schoo...
08/25/2020

USAS’s first ever VIRTUAL conference was a SUCCESS! 🎉 ⁣

Students from over 40 different campuses (including a high school senior) across the country participated this past weekend! And more than 10 guest speakers including garment workers, campus workers, alumni, digital security experts, journalists, union leaders, and labor organizers joined us! ✊🏿 ✊🏾 ✊🏽 ✊🏼⁣

Students left feeling inspired by 23 years of powerful USAS history, our amazing guests, and incredible organizing workshops facilitated by student leaders. With the knowledge that all of our fights connect now more than ever before, USASers are ready to build student and worker power on their campuses and around the world! 💓

Today is the LAST DAY to register for the USAS Virtual Summer Conference: bit.ly/usas2020. Registration closes TONIGHT (...
08/17/2020

Today is the LAST DAY to register for the USAS Virtual Summer Conference: bit.ly/usas2020. Registration closes TONIGHT (8/17) at 11:59pm ET. SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE! Email [email protected] to waive your registration fee - no one will be turned away for inability to pay. All current students are welcome at this conference regardless of previous involvement in USAS, so bring your friends and REGISTER NOW!!!!

Only ONE DAY LEFT to register for the Virtual Summer Conference. Register now: bit.ly/usas2020.⁣⁣SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILA...
08/17/2020

Only ONE DAY LEFT to register for the Virtual Summer Conference. Register now: bit.ly/usas2020.⁣

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE! Email [email protected] to request a scholarship to cover your registration fee - no one will be turned away for inability to pay. This conference is open to ALL students who want to learn about student labor organizing, not just current USASers!⁣

Check out the images below for a preview of our conference Alumni Panel! Wondering what organizing after college looks like? Hear from these 4 incredible USAS alum about the movement work they’re doing now.

There are only 2 DAYS LEFT to register for conference!!! Register now bit/ly/usas2020. ⁣⁣Here is a preview of some of ou...
08/16/2020

There are only 2 DAYS LEFT to register for conference!!! Register now bit/ly/usas2020.
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Here is a preview of some of our amazing workshops and guest speakers. See you there!! :)⁣⁣
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[image captioning:(image 1)"Racial capitalism and collective liberation" with with labor organizer and USAS alum Marcelle Grair. Join labor organizer and USAS alum Marcelle Grair for an interactive workshop on the history of racial capitalism, anti-Blackness in the labor movement, and building worker solidarity across racial lines. How can we use this history to inform and strengthen USAS’s mission of collective liberation, and what is our role in building a pro-Black labor movement?(image 2)"Liberation-Informed Labor Organizing" with USLAW Chairwoman Yasemin Zahra. The U.S. business class has already made over $485 billion off of working people during this pandemic, but they have been looting from Black workers and the Global South for centuries. As the student arm of the labor movement, USAS has the power to stop the pattern of suffocating workers abroad with the resources stolen from workers at home. Join US Labor Against the War (USLAW) chairwoman Yasemin Zahra for a teach-in connecting the everyday issues of workers to big-picture, visionary organizing.⁣⁣
(image 3)"Racial justice is labor justice" with journalist and community organizer Eugene Puryear. One striking set of images of worldwide solidarity with the US uprisings against racism and police violence came from garment workers in Myanmar. To many it may seem like the struggle for labor rights in Myanmar and the struggle against racism in the United States are totally unconnected. In reality, these struggles are intimately linked through a worldwide chain of low-wage work. Hear from acclaimed organizer and journalist Eugene Puryear about how the two struggles are indicative of the types of coalitions that can truly move us towards Black liberation and justice for working people worldwide.]

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Hi USAS! Workers Defense Project is hiring an Organizer for a special project through December and I know there are some badass economic justice warriors in your network that might be interested! Here's the posting:
UIC community, please support our campus workers and RAs still living on campus.
Satu buruh NIKE sakit,MAKA semua buruh NIKE akan merasakan kesakitan itu....
Nike must be responsible for the fate of Dayat and his friends (30 people). Who are Dayat and his friends ?! Dayat and his friends are workers at Dream Sentosa Indonesia (Kanaan Group Korea) who worked for 15 years producing accessories for Nike. Why does Nike have to be responsible ?! Nike must be responsible for the continuation of the work and fulfillment of the rights of Dayat and his friends. Because the company (Dream Sentosa Indonesia-Kanaan Group Korea) is a factory that produces goods for Nike, then closes its business without fulfilling obligations to its workers. The Dream Sentosa Indonesia company even tried to add to the suffering of Dayat and his friends, by filing lawsuits with them to the Karawang District Court and demanding compensation of around 750,000,000 (IDR). And for this, Nike as an employer committed negligence. Although later, the Karawang District Court rejected the lawsuit. Nike is only looking for cheap labor (enslaving) Indonesian workers. In this case, it is very clear how Nike exploits Indonesian labor using the wage system in Indonesia, where the wages of Indonesian workers are determined by region (minimum wage), the value is not the same between one region and another. It is known that every Nike product is sold at the same price and is quite expensive in various countries, with the US Dollar exchange rate.
I wrote a piece detailing relevant instances of unethical conduct by ASU’s (and many other universities) food service provider, Aramark, following a strike at NYU. I think it’s information that students should know.
United Students Against Sweatshops has been fighting for a living wage for Rutgers employees and because of a peaceful protest, 11 student activists are facing legal charges and fines. Rutgers University is attempting to silence student activists by threatening us with strong legal action while claiming to be Revolutionary. Please help us pay the fines of working class student activists so that we can continue to fight for just working conditions domestically and internationally.
This is a great example of when sustained and global campaigning works. Great victory
This is a welcome victory that proves sustained and global campaigning works
This is great.
hola les saluda Waldin Banegas del SITRASTAR, sindicato ubicado en la ciudad de El Progreso Honduras C.A. nuestro sindicato pertenece a STAR empresa que forma parte de la Corporación GILDAN desde el mes de mayo recién pasado la corporación GILDAN y las marcas NIKE y ADIDAS entraron en maniobras con el fin único de destruir al SITRASTAR, durante diez años hemos luchado por mejorar las condiciones laborales pero al parecer esto le molesto GILDAN y hoy pretende mediante el debilitamiento paulatino el cierre de STAR, AGRADECEMOS SU SOLIDARIDAD......no permitan que gildan nos arrebate la comida de nuestras mesas ya que durante diez años generamos riquezas para NIKE y hoy no desechan como si fuésemos piezas desechables, somos seres humanos no maquinas.
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