On April 23rd & 24th, the WFTC will stand with Kalpona Akter of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity and Sumi Abedin, garment worker and survivor of the Tazreen Factory fire that took the lives of 112 of her colleagues, to encourage a SweatFree Purchasing Policy for WA state, and call on Walmart and the GAP to support independent fire codes and to compensate victims of the fires and their families.

Be a part of this unique opportunity as workers in solidarity across Walmart’s global supply chain jointly call for respect!

WA Government & Community Forum
April 23rd from 9-10:30am
Columbia Room of the Legislative Building
Senator Steve Conway, the Washington Fair Trade Coalition & South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign, in collaboration with the Washington State Labor Council, are hosting Kalpona and Sumi to explain the condition of garment workers in Bangladesh and the ways that a SweatFree Purchasing policy for WA State supports worker health and safety and labor rights in Bangladesh.

Walmart Workers  in Solidarity Throughout the Supply Chain

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 6:00pm
UW, SAVERY HALL 260 Located in The Quad behind Kane Hall
WHAT: Our Walmart workers join Kalpona and Sumi to call on Walmart to sign on to independent worker monitored fire safety standards and respect workers throughout its supply chain!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 10:00am
743 Rainier Ave. S. Renton WA 98057

Kalpona Akter is the executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity and a former child garment worker. She is an internationally-recognized labor rights advocate and has travelled widely to speak about the deplorable conditions Bangladesh garment workers face every day.
Sumi Abedin is a Bangladeshi garment worker who survived the fire at Tazreen Fashions, a factory supplying Walmart apparel. Sumi was working on the 4th floor of the factory at the time of the fire and survived after jumping from the burning building.

END DEATH TRAP TOUR SPONSORS: UFCW 21, WA Fair Trade Coalition, The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, United Students Against Sweatshops. http://bit.ly/EndDeathTrapsTour.
For more information, contact Reagan Jackson at (206) 436-6558.