Solidarity

May Day Report Back!

Thanks so much to everyone who lent their support to Batay Ouvriye (BO) and the Haitian workers movement this May Day! Together, we raised a total of $1,481! That’s $181 more than our original goal of $1,300. Thank you so much! We want to share a thank you letter from BO and a report back

$1,300 for Haitian May Day!

May 1st is May Day – International Workers’ Day! This day began as a commemoration of Chicago workers’ fight for the 8 hour work day and the right to organize. In Haiti, workers are still battling for these essential rights. Haitian garment workers receive the lowest wage in the western hemisphere – 350 Gourdes, or

$1,590 Raised for Garment Workers! Thank You!

Happy 2018! Thank you so much to all who ended the year with a contribution to support Haitian garment workers! We raised $1,591.96 for workers in Port Au Prince and Carrefour! This money was directly wired to Haiti and Batay Ouvriye to be disbursed to a group of workers from four factories. They have been unable

Year End Goal: $2,000 to Fight Exploitation!

Just $530 Left to Raise Before Midnight! We can do this. CLICK HERE TO DONATE <3 Illegally Fired Workers Face Hunger & Homelessness From May to July, 2017, SOTA-BO textile union led garment workers across Haiti in monumental mobilizations for an increased minimum wage. In the wake of these efforts, many of these union members were arbitrarily

SOTA-BO Celebrates 6 Years!

September 15, 2017 marked the sixth anniversary of SOTA-BO – an independent textile union, based in Port Au Prince, Haiti and affiliated with the Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight) movement! Since their start in 2011, the union has grown in numbers and strength! Workers with this union were instrumental in leading the country-wide, three month fight for

Goal Met! Workers Rehired!

We’re a little behind on posting updates due to Hurricane Irma’s impact on south Florida. We’re waiting to hear back from our contacts about hurricane impacts to workers and organizations in the north, northwest and northeast of the country. Our thoughts are with those in the Caribbean and Florida who are still dealing with the

Fund the Fight! Help Raise $1200

Can you skip a lunch, dinner, or coffee out? Will you contribute those dollars to garment workers, so they can continue their fight? For the past three months, garment workers in Haiti fought like hell for a minimum wage of 800 Gourdes (US$12.80). As we reported last week, this struggle reached a fever pitch when

SOTA-BO: Regroup & Onward!

The RRN extends MASSIVE thanks to all who have supported Haitian garment workers in their fight for 800 Gourdes minimum wage. Thanks in part to the pressure applied through international solidarity, workers were able to mobilize for three months, making significant gains in the level of their struggle. Workers turned out in record numbers, unified

Police Block Industrial Park. President Offers a Bogus Wage.

Monday – July 31, 2017 – Haitian garment workers planned to take the streets again today to demand 800 Gourdes/day (US$12.82) minimum wage. But, they encountered heavy police presence at the Sonapi Industrial Park in Port Au Prince. The police are blocking the gates to the industrial park, locking workers inside the gates of the

Pressure Works! Fairway Workers Rehired.

Last week, the RRN reported that National Police shot at workers with real bullets to break up a small protest at Fairway Apparel textile factory in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Three workers were severely injured. Many were hurt, including a pregnant woman. A representative of Batay Ouvriye was beaten. Workers were protesting an increased production quota, imposed