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Who Makes the Clothes We Wear Jesse Jackson In his article Who Makes the Clothes We Wear Jesse Jackson raises the issue of intolerable working conditions He claims that many of the most well known and successful retailers and manufacturers such as Nike and Gap are exploiting the workers who make of their merchandise Jackson says that some companies deny the basic needs of their workers listing speech association the right to organize the right to a living wage the right to a bathroom break to healthy living conditions to overtime and the prohibition of child and slave labor In this same article Jackson brings up the instance in El Monte CA in August when the government busted a sweatshop staffed by immigrant women from Thai who were paid a mere fifty-nine cents per hour for their 22 hour work days If they misbehaved they were subjected to vile punishments adds Jackson like rape and battery besides the fact that even when they did behave they were forced to be caged day and night while manufacturing goods for Neiman Marcus and JC Penny as well as other retailers Jackson continues to say that the hundreds of millions of dollars Nike spends to endorse and sponsor professional athletes and teams can be blown if some informed and aware buyers and consumers stick to their morals and ethics of business and consumerism However Jackson says the Republicans are totally clueless about the dissatisfaction of the growing number of people who are finding out about this travesty proved by the reduction of the budget that is supposed to enforce and even prevent these things from occurring They he exclaims also rebuke proposed laws that would give employees of the mentioned companies as well as others the right to an egalitarian system of leadership which would monitor the safety and morality of the workplace Jackson urges consumers by attempting to empower them into thinking that if the buying
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