International Labor Rights Forum, STITCH, SweatFree Communities and US Labor Education in the Americas Project are pleased to announce the transformation of this blog into a collaborative space that will continue to focus on international labor rights issues. We have chosen to reorganize under the name “Labor is Not a Commodity”, as this phrase so poignantly states that the exploitation of workers impacts countless lives in communities the world over. Labor is in fact at the heart of many struggles -- struggles that go far beyond the reaches of any stock market analysis or economic theory.
We are organizations that hear the stories of people who have experienced unacceptable working conditions, often for the sake of consumers having access to cheap, convenient products precisely when they want them. The incredible rise of just a few corporations which allows for unchecked market power has continued a vicious cycle of exploitation. ILRF, STITCH, SweatFree Communities and USLEAP refuse to accept the status quo as the way things have to be. On the contrary, we are working harder than ever to develop strategic partnerships with NGOs and trade unions around the world so that workers can continue to organize and stand up for themselves in the face of increasing pressure to work longer hours for less money.
Over the next several months we will continue to engage the growing community of people reading this blog and encourage them to talk about how labor rights are intricately related to many current issues such as immigration and corporate accountability, to name a couple of examples. We welcome your comments and contributions to this community as we continue to fight for the rights of laborers around the world.