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International Garment Workers’ Labor Union Organizer
To Speak at UW-Eau Claire Sept. 9
MAILED: Sept. 3, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Filipina Labor organizer Carmencita “Chie” Abad will speak to a Geography 111 class from noon until 12:50 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in Room 100 of Schneider Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Abad will discuss the working conditions she endured for six years while working for the Sako Corporation on the island of Saipan in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Sako Corporation supplies clothing to The Gap and other major U.S. retailers. Many of its employees, like Abad, are from the Philippines.
Abad spent two years attempting to organize Saipan’s first garment workers’ union, but she claims managers’ threats to workers caused the union-certifying election to be lost. After Abad’s own work contract was not renewed as a result of her unionizing efforts, she chose to come to the U.S. to try to educate the American public about inhumane factory conditions and practices occurring on U.S. soil.
Space is limited for this free lecture, but the university community and interested community members are invited to attend. For more information, contact Dr. Zoltan Grossman, assistant professor of geography, at 836-4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: February 4, 2003