Jordan Stiffs U.S. Government and Blocks Worker Rights

March, 28 2012 Share

Ten years into the US-Jordan Free Trade Agreement brutal sweatshop conditions endure at the Chinese-owned Rich Pine Factory, where grueling mandatory seven-day 96-hour workweeks are the norm. Hundreds of Chinese and Bangladeshi guest workers have been allowed just one day off in the last four months, while sewing clothing for Liz Claiborne, Macy's, J.C. Penney and Kohl's.

•\tRoutine 14-hour shifts from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week.
•\tNo weekly day off or public holidays are permitted.
•\tAll overtime is obligatory and workers are cheated of their overtime premium.
•\tWorkers appear to be earning just 70 cents an hour, which is below the legal minimum wage.
•\tEvery single labor law in Jordan is routinely violated, including  Jordan's commitments under the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement.

Please help. It does not have to be this way. Write Liz Claiborne, Macy's, J.C. Penney, and Kohl's. Short notes are very powerful.


Model Message

"I am deeply concerned by the brutal sweatshop conditions at your supplier factory, Rich Pine, in Jordan. I treat my pets better than you treat the hard working Chinese and Bangladeshi men and women who sew your garments. Clean this factory up immediately. Shame on you!"

Company contact information

Liz Claiborne Inc.

CEO: William L. McComb
1441 Broadway New York, NY 10018

JCPenney, Inc. (now owns Liz Claiborne label)

CEO: Ron Johnson
CSR: Daphne Avila
Purchasing P.O. Box 10001, Dallas, TX 75301

Macy's, Inc.

CEO: Terry J. Lundgren
7 West Seventh St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Fax: 513-579-7555


CEO: Kevin Mansell
N56 W17000 Ridgewood Drive
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Fax: (262) 703-6305


[Report] Ten Years into the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement Brutal Sweatshop Conditions Endure