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Behind the Labels: Garment Workers on U.S. Saipan
 
Produced By: Tia Lessin; Co-Producer: Oxygen
Produced In: USA, 2001
Running Time: 45 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English (with some subtitling)
Themes: USA and its territories,Immigration, Economic Justice , Labor
Distributor: WITNESS
Synopsis:
Lured by false promises and driven by desperation, thousands of Chinese and Filipina women pay high fees for jobs in garment factories on the Pacific island of Saipan- which despite being a U.S. territory is exempt from federal minimum wage and certain immigration laws. The clothing they sew, bearing the "Made in the USA" label, is shipped duty- and quota-free to the U.S. for sale of The Gap, J.Crew, Polo, and other retailers. Powerful hidden-camera footage, along with the garment workers' personal stories, offers a rare and unforgettable glimpse into indentured labor and the workings of the global sweatshop-where fourteen-hour shifts, payless paydays, and lock-downs are routine. Behind the Labels follows the issues from the factory floor ot the streets, where protesters worldwide wage an ongoing battle against corporate globalization. Narrated by Susan Sarandon.
Links:
  • Visit the WITNESS Home Page for the film for excerpts of the video, background information, online action tools and links to relevant resources
  • Visit the National Mobilization Against Sweat Shops (NMASS) homepage to learn about national campaigns to end sweatshop labor.
  • Visit the Chinese Staff and Workers Association to learn more about the New York City-based organization and their ongoing work to end sweatshop labor and improve working conditions in New York City.

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