(en) Disney Union in Haiti Asks for Support

Shawn Ewald (shawn@wilshire.net)
Wed, 17 Sep 1997 21:56:34 -0700


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------- Forwarded Message Follows ------- Date: Wed, 17 Sep 1997 21:35:13 -0700 (PDT) To: Campaign For Labor Rights e-mail alert <clr@igc.org> From: Mike Rhodes <clr2@igc.apc.org> Subject: Disney Union in Haiti Asks for Support

Subject: Disney Union in Haiti Asks for Support Labor Alerts/Labor News a service of Campaign for Labor Rights 1247 "E" Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 clr@igc.apc.org (541) 344-5410 http://www.compugraph.com/clr Compiled from information supplied by Batay Ouvriye, P.O. Box 13326, Delmas, Haiti, (W.I.) Tel/Fax: 509-22-6719 through Witness for Peace, 110 Maryland Ave, NE, Suite 311, Washington, DC; Tel: (202) 544-0781; e-mail: <witness@w4peace.org> and Christian Peacemaker Teams, P.O. Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680, Tel: (312) 455-1199; e-mail: cpt@igc.org Union Busting in B.V.F. Apparel Mfg: Haitian Disney Garment Workers Need Your Support! For the past two weeks, a tense repressive atmosphere exists at B.V.F. Apparel Mfg. BVF Apparel Mfg. is a company that is subcontracting for the Waterbury Corp in Connecticut. Workers are assembling garments with the Disney label. They are paid 28 cents an hour to sew pieces on garments that sell for $12-$30 each in North American stores. For more than seven months the union has been requesting a meeting with the owner of the plant concerning working conditions. Recently, the union sent another letter through its lawyer pressuring management to negotiate. Management refused to respond and, meanwhile, the company fired two union leaders under ridiculous charges: 1) On August 19th, the secretary of the union was accused without any proof of tearing garments that she had been responsible for assembling. 2) On August 29th, when the General Coordinator of the union got back from a visit to a medical clinic, the head supervisor, Mr. Yvon Charles refused to let her inside the factory, forcing her to miss a day of work. The next day she was fired based on the excuse that she missed too many days of work.

The workers' solidarity organization, Bayay Ouvriye, calls upon all progressive organizations and people to support the struggle of the workers at BVF Apparel Mfg. Company. Since the formation of the union, floor managers and supervisors have been harassing workers who have joined the union. Last November, managers fired Odette Denier and 6 other union members. More were fired under false pretexts that management invented. BATAY OUVRIYE and the Union have been fighting these firings. Today, the survival of the union is at stake. Both organizations urge people to protest the firings of these two women workers. Both of them are very active and outspoken union organisers. The factory owner wants to get rid of this union before the plant is relocated to another city and to intimidate other workers from fighting for their interests. This is a clear case of the kind of dismissals for union activities that the Walt Disney Company has always denied by saying that its licensees never violate the rights of the workers. Don't let Disney get away with it this time, send your faxes or letters of protest to the following people: Michael Eisner Jack Brownstein, Pres Walt Disney Company Waterbury Garment Corp 500 South Buena Vista Street 1669 Thomaston Ave. Burbank, Ca 91521 Waterbury, CT 06704 Tel: 818-850-1000 Tel: 203-574-3811 Fax: 818-560-1930 Fax: 203-575-0169 Alain Villard B.V.F. Apparel Mfg Rues Lumumba & Cineraire Delmas, Port-au-Prince Haiti, (W.I.) Tel/Fax: 509-46-4199 For more information, contact: Witness for Peace, 110 Maryland Ave, NE, Suite 311, Washington, DC; Tel: (202) 544-0781; e-mail: <witness@w4peace.org> or Christian Peacemaker Teams, P.O. Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680, Tel: (312) 455-1199; e-mail: <cpt@igc.org> CAMPAIGN FOR LABOR RIGHTS memberships: Send $35.00 to CLR, 1247 "E" Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. For a sample copy of our newsletter, send your postal address to clr@igc.apc.org ---------------------------------------------------------------------- To receive our e-mail Labor Alerts send a message to clr@igc.apc.org with "labor alerts -- all campaigns" in the subject line or specify which labor issues interest: Nike, Disney, Guess, child labor, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, US farm workers, US poultry processing workers. If you would like to receive information which falls outside those categories (prison labor, workfare, other policy issues, additional briefing material on some campaigns), indicate that you want to be on out Additional Labor Information list AS WELL as our All Campaigns list. To stop receiving this service, check to see whether you have received our alerts directly from us or as a reposting via some other list. Send an email message to the address listed in the "return path" saying that you want to unsubscribe.

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