Cambodian garment workers are fighting for a livable wage. Of the
half-million garment workers in the county, 90 percent are women living on about $3 a day, not enough to eat much less afford housing. The majority of textiles exported are destined for brands like Gap and Wal-Mart, as Cambodia enjoys “most favored nation” status with the United States under the World Trade Organization’s free trade agreement.
The federal poverty guidelines, which dictate eligibility of most public benefits, including food stamps, is flawed in that it does not account for variances in cost of living.
Despite a tough year for U.S. women’s overall economic status, we have good reason to feel optimistic that the tide may turn in 2014.
The measures passed thanks in part to strong local organizing efforts, but it was a mixed outcome for tipped restaurant workers.
New anti-choice laws in Texas and other states around the country could push more women and their families deeper into poverty.
Advocates are linking paid sick days for restaurant workers to a broader fight to raise the minimum wage in Washington, D.C.
An international convention on domestic workers’ rights is going into effect, just as labor organizing is picking up steam in the United States and abroad.
Restaurant workers, half of whom are women, are among the lowest earning workers in the United States. But one Michigan company, Zingerman’s, is moving toward a “thriveable wage” for its restaurant workers.