October 21, 2019
77 Hot Metal Street
Re. Stop Fast Fashion Supply Chain Union Busting: Demand American Eagle Reinstate Indian Union Leaders and Recognize the Union
Dear American Eagle,
We are disappointed in your failure to protect workers in your supply chain from retaliation and ensure freedom of association at Richa Garments.
We stand with the Richa Garment Workers Union in their demand to reinstate Dev Jamadar, Binod Tanti, Srikant, and Ajju Pandit with full benefits and continuity of service and to recognize and meet with the union on a regular basis.
Freedom of association is a right recognized around the world. In American Eagle’s own home town, working people and their unions have exercised that right for decades. Now, when American Eagle can have a direct impact on ensuring this human right is followed, the company refuses to act decisively. It is a betrayal of human rights and a betrayal to the people of Pittsburgh for American Eagle to not act when the rights of the people who make the company profitable are violated.
As a store in our community, we ask that you call on American Eagle Corporate Headquarters to specifically
- Have the workers are immediately reinstated in the same location, department, and position with continuity of service, proper seniority, backpay and all other benefits.
- Have American Eagle and Richa Garments immediately set up regular meetings with the union to discuss working conditions and issues of mutual interest.
- Have American Eagle and Richa Garments put out public statements that freedom of association will be respected and ensure that no worker faces harassment or retaliation for protected union activities.