Former Garment Sweatshop Workers Speak Out
- Tuesday, April 23, 2013, noon
- Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave., Lawrence
- Age limit: Not available
Yudo Sasmito and Asmiati Wandoyo are garment workers who worked in the PT Kizone factory in Indonesia sewing KU apparel for adidas, Nike, and other brands for $0.60 an hour. They’re fighting adidas in a wage-theft case of more than $1.8 million – 6 months of pay - owed to them and their 2,800 coworkers that adidas refused to pay when the factory closed unexpectedly.
A miniscule fraction of adidas’ massive annual profits, these owed wages are everything for Indonesian families. Families are going hungry and falling ill, and children have been forced to drop out of school, all in the name of college apparel.
Yudo, Asmiati, their friends and family and United Students Against Sweatshops are fighting back! To date, 13 universities, including Penn State and University of Washington, have cut contracts with adidas until workers are paid.
Join us for a rare look into the garment industry, and find out more about what students are doing to pressure the University of Kansas to cut their adidas contract.
Where: Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave. Lawrence, KS 66044
When: Tuesday, April 23rd, 12 pm. Free lunch will be provided.