Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Creator||Wilfredo Lee/The Associated Press|
|Context||Kathie Lee Gifford testified before the House International Relations Subcommittee about lending her name to Wal-Mart for a line of clothing made by children in Honduran sweatshops|
|Audience||The House International Relations Subcommittee and television viewers|
|Purpose||To show child-labor-law violations by American companies|
In 1995, investigators from the National Labor Committee found teenagers sewing clothes at a sweatshop in Honduras. Kathie Lee Gifford lent her name to a line of clothing from Wal-Mart, which was later discovered to be made these workers. The press coverage revealed one of the problems associated with globalization: Manufacturers circumvented United States labor laws by moving their factories outside of the country. "The race to the bottom" was a competition between countries to lure corporate employers in order to secure jobs, regardless of how poor the working conditions. The poorer the country was--and the weaker its safety, health, and environmental laws--the more attractive it was to a corporation's bottom line.