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July, 02 2005 |  Download PDF |  Share

Han-Soll Factory, Sweating for the NBA and NFL

 

Terrell Owens, Plaxico Burress, Jason Kidd...

NFL and NBA Jerseys made in Developing World Sweatshops

When we purchase a $75 NFL or NBA jersey, do we ever imagine that they were made by young women:

  • Locked in a factory compound ten to thirteen hours a day;
  • Discriminated against if they become pregnant;
  • Being paid just 19 cents for every $75 jersey they sew—meaning their wages amount to just 3/10 of one percent of the jersey's retail price!;
  • Insulted, shouted and cursed at by supervisors who are constantly speeding up the production lines;
  • Who are discouraged from speaking and need permission to use the bathroom—and if they take too long, supervisors come to get them out;
  • Who can be docked three days' wages for taking a sick day;
  • Who are forced to work overtime and can be at the factory up to 64 hours a week;
  • Earning a base wage of just 65 cents an hour, which meets only 60 percent of a family's basic food needs, leaving them trapped in deplorable living conditions;
  • Who have no idea that Reebok, the NFL, or the NBA even have codes of conduct which are supposed to protect their rights—many instead thinking the codes are rules demanding overtime to meet production goals;
  • Who have no rights, who could be fired for even meeting with us, and surely would be fired and blacklisted if management even suspected they were organizing. 
  • These are the conditions in the Han-Soll factory in Honduras where jerseys for the NFL and NBA are being sewn.
  • Who have no rights, who could be fired for even meeting with us, and surely would be fired and blacklisted if management even suspected they were organizing. 

These are the conditions in the Han-Soll factory in Honduras where jerseys for the NFL and NBA are being sewn.

 

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 NFL jerseys made in Honduras, selling for $75 in the U.S.

NFL jerseys made in Honduras, sold in U.S. for $75