Student Labor Action Coalition
The Clock is Ticking, Chancellor Blank!
12:30pm, Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Bascom Hill - UW-Madison campus
The Student Labor Action Coalition has been asking Chancellor Blank to require UW apparel licensees to sign onto the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh since the beginning of the school year. While Chancellor Blank continues to stall, workers in Bangladesh who make collegiate apparel are in grave danger. After dropping several banners across campus, WE'LL BE DELIVERING A GIANT CLOCK TO BLANK'S OFFICE IN BASCOM HALL TO REMIND HER THAT THE CLOCK IS TICKING AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO MAKE UW-MADISON A LEADER IN WORKERS' SAFETY. Join us to deliver the clock to her office. We'll meet at Abe Lincoln at 12:30!
What Is SLAC?
The Student Labor Action Coalition is a coalition of students, workers, and labor activists dedicated to:
- Organizing students to engage in labor solidarity activities locally and worldwide.
- Educating students and the community about labor unions and workers' struggles for social justice.
- Training students to be activists and organizers in the labor movement.
- Actively opposing racism, sexism, imperialism, and other forms of oppression, while supporting the struggle for social justice for all.
SLAC meets weekly to discuss these kinds of issues, develop strategies and organize events. All meetings are open to everyone interested in learning more and getting involved. No previous experience or knowledge is required.
We are a completely volunteer run organization with no dues or other membership requirements. We are an affiliate of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), an international student network dedicated to organizing globally around similar issues.
SLAC meets every Wednesday at 7 PM at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. See the "Today in the Union" list on bulletin boards in the Memorial Union for room location, or check TITU online.
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Every Wednesday, 7pm — Regular SLAC organizing meeting. All are welcome!
Check TITU on the day of the event for the room location on campus.
Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh
Across the country, students are calling on universities to require brands producing college-logo apparel to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. The Accord is an independent agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. It includes independent safety inspections at factories and public reporting of the results of these inspections. Where safety issues are identified, retailers commit to ensuring that repairs are carried out, that sufficient funds are made available to do so, and that workers at these factories continue to be paid a salary... read more: Accord on Fire and Building Safety In Bangladesh
about the Accord and Death Traps in Bangladesh on the United Students Against Sweatshops site.
In the last eight years alone, over 1,800 Bangladeshi garment workers have died in building collapses and factory fires.
Two recent disasters in Bangladesh death trap factories:
- October 9, 2013 Bangladesh garment factory fire kills 10
- Wikipedia entry about Rana Plaza building collapse, April 24, 2013, which left 1,129 garment workers dead and approximately 2,515 injured