Thursday, September 01, 2011

Fwd: JC Penney breaks promise to families following deadly fire

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From: Judy Gearhart, International Labor Rights Forum
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011
Subject: JC Penney breaks promise to families following deadly fire

Call on J.C. Penney to institute fire safety and justly compensate families -- send a letter now >> <>

Dear Mark,

Last December, 30 Bangladeshi factory workers perished in an easily preventable fire that broke out in the unsafe, multi-story sweatshop in which they were working.

Following the fire, over 65,000 ILRF supporters and members called on U.S. apparel brands sourcing from the factory to assume responsibility for fair compensation for the affected workers' families and to take meaningful steps to stop the epidemic of workplace deaths at their suppliers in Bangladesh. But further action is needed now <>.

Most U.S. apparel brands that were doing business with the factory have now signed a commitment to act, but J.C. Penney has shamefully broken this pledge. While other brands continue negotiating in good faith to establish an adequate worker compensation fund and sustainable fire safety initiatives, J.C. Penney has dropped out of this initiative, despite its initial commitment to support these efforts.

We need your help to send a message calling on J.C. Penney to honor the commitments the company made in January.

Sign the new petition to J.C. Penney now! <>

In Bangladesh, nearly 500 workers have died in factory fires during the past five years. Establishing effective initiatives to prevent fires like this from occurring again is critical. Nothing less than workers' lives are at stake. Don't let J.C. Penney walk away from workers in Bangladesh.

Are you on Twitter? Help JCPenney feel the heat by tweeting along these lines: 

@JCPenney: honor your commitment to compensate Bangladeshi factory fire victims & adopt fire safety. @ILRF

Thank you,

Judy Gearhart


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