Essay On Sweatshops

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Waging War with Our Wallets: The Key to Saving the Underpaid and Overworked Sweatshop workers are without a doubt some of the most overworked and underpaid employees. With inhumane, unhygienic work areas and demanding, cruel employers, it is tantamount to modern day slavery. Unfortunately, most of these sweatshops are either located in developing countries or generally impoverished areas in the U.S., where there are not many opportunities for jobs with decent wages. This forces many people (children included) to take on these undesirable jobs in order to provide for their families. Though there are anti-sweatshop organizations dedicated to opposing and halting the usage of maltreated labor, there are too many giant and well-established corporations and brands that utilize sweatshops. To add insult to injury, the general population willingly consumes products created through these means, unintentionally supporting and perpetuating this cruel practice. We as consumers should boycott the manufacturing of sweatshop produced goods in order to encourage the improvement of the harsh working conditions or eliminate the use of sweatshops altogether. To procure a firm understanding of why and how these workshops need to be shut down, one must become aware of their origin. When people think of a sweatshop, images of people assembling items in a hot and crowded factory somewhere in a “Third World” country tend to come to mind. However, the first few sweatshops were located in both New York and England, becoming established in the late 1800’s. The term “sweatshop” originated from the term “sweating”, which described the contractual agreements between workers and designers to produce clothing. In these workshops, there was a “sweater”, an ind... ... middle of paper ... ..., Michael. "The Ethics of Sweatshops and the Limits of Choice." Business Ethics Quarterly, vol. 25, no. 2, Apr. 2015, pp. 191-212. Accessed: Dec. 11, 2017 EBSCOhost, doi:10.1017/beq.2015.9. Harrison, Ann and Jason Scorse. "Improving the Conditions of Workers? MINIMUM WAGE LEGISLATION and ANTI-SWEATSHOP ACTIVISM." California Management Review, vol. 48, no. 2, Winter2006, pp. 144-160. Accessed: Dec. 11, 2017 EBSCOhost, Finn, Ed. “Harnessing Our Power As Consumers: Cost of Boycotting Offset by the Benefits” Global Issues, Local Arguments, Third Edition June 2003, pp.29-31, Print. “Origins of Sweatshops” Sweatshops in American Urban History. Accessed: Dec. 11, 2017.

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