Monday, July 9, 2007

The Toast

We would like to propose a toast to SITRACIMA, the Guatemalan union whose workers made the Liz Claiborne and Charter Club / Talbot's clothes hanging in this store. These workers made history in 2001 when they became the first union in Guatemala's apparel industry, one of only a handful of unionized clothing factories in the world. In three months, these women will have no union, no jobs, and no livelihood if Liz Claiborne and Macy's / Talbot's continue to tolerate violations of wokers' rights in their factories. To Liz Claiborne and Macy's / Talbot's we say: "Stand up for workers' rights! Support union factories, not sweatshops!" Here's to another six years for the courageous women of Sitracima!

Anniversary Action Photos

Reading the toast to the women of SITRACIMA inside Seattle's downtown Macy's store.

Telling people in Westlake about SITRACIMA's struggle.

Security guards from Westlake telling us to stand away from the Talbots entrance.

Continuing the protest outside Talbots.

Handing out fliers.

¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

Today SITRACIMA celebrates it's 6th anniversary! We will be celebrating downtown today with birthday cake and a sparkling cider toast. All are welcome.


The workers at the Guatemalan factory CimaTextiles formed a union in 2001. They won a collective bargaining agreement in 2003, and since then have struggled to protect their gains. The corporation which owns the factory, Choi & Shin Co., Inc., consistently tries to break the union's back, and has since its inception. etc. etc. Here is the union's wiki. Here are the pictures from the protest. Here is the urgent action.

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