Dallas Cowboys Vehemently Deny They're Making Clothes in a Salvadoran Sweatshop

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On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh-based Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights issued a report titled Dressing Babies in Sweatshop Clothing: Dallas Cowboys, Ohio State and a Creepy Business, in which it alleged that the Cowboys are having team-branded clothing made in "gross sweatshop conditions at the Style Avenue factory in El Salvador." The report insists that workers -- most women, some working round-the-clock shifts -- are being paid about a dime to sew garments for toddlers that retail for around $15, and that they're doing so in horrible conditions: in a locked compound where temperatures routinely top 100 degrees and where the drinking water's contaminated, and where bosses constantly berate them ("I don't get it. Why can't this old son-of-a-bitch hurry up. You're shit. You're like a mule").

The report follows a New York Times story from September concerning student protests over a proposed deal that would allow the Cowboys' merch-making affiliate, Silver Star, to manufacture branded clothing for Ohio State University. Silver Star was launched in March, when it was announced the Cowboys would be making and selling clothes on behalf of USC; Jerry Jones Jr. heads the operation, along with Cowboys Merchandise Ltd. chief operating officer Bill Priakos. But the United Students Against Sweatshops chapter at Ohio State is demanding that school stay away because of allegations like those made in Wednesday's report.

But the Cowboys are insisting the report's false: Thursday morning I asked Brett Daniels, a team spokesman, to comment on its contents. Late yesterday, he sent the following statement from Priakos:
"We are extremely disappointed to see our company misrepresented again in this area. These allegations are completely erroneous and have no basis in fact. We do not, and have never, utilized the Style Avenue factory in El Salvador for the production of any Dallas Cowboys or Silver Star merchandise. We take corporate responsibility very seriously at Silver Star and having certain third parties continuously make false accusations is very troubling. We hope that the people who spread this false information are held accountable for their actions as well."
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women shoes
women shoes

I'm watching the Cowboy game right now and realize there are more important things they need to be worried about. lol

Jssenterprises47
Jssenterprises47

'America's Team' indeed.  Outsource, exploit and profit.

WavMoo
WavMoo

lol, that is just like WAY too funny when you think about it dude. I mean seriously.anon-web.es.tc

ryan perter
ryan perter

If the collection was awesome and of good quality then it would definitely cost more. If the product was of good quality then it would be more interesting.winter park moving company

Bbriggs
Bbriggs

Style Avenue workers confirm with 100 percent certainty thatthey sewed “Dallas Cowboys Football” baby creepers in July and August2011.  Workers independently interviewedfrom three different departments at Style Avenue—sewing, cleaning (cuttingloose threads) and packing—all verify that “Dallas Cowboys Football” creeperswere made at their factory.

 

When our skilled researchers first met with the Style Avenueworkers in a safe location on August 13, the workers were asked, when theyreturned to the factory the following day, to start writing down the names ofthe NFL creepers they worked on.  OnAugust 20, the workers gave us their list. The first name the women had written down was “Dallas Cowboys.”  Other NFL teams were also mentioned—GreenBay, Steelers, Miami Dolphins, New England, Chicago and others.

 

The Institute then purchased several sets of Dallas Cowboyscreepers, including from a Dallas Cowboys store in Austin, Texas.  We photographed the creepers and emailed thephotos to our researchers in San Salvador. On Friday, September 28, the workers immediately recognized the imagesof the pink girls and gray boys “Dallas Cowboys Football” creepers purchased atthe Cowboys store in Austin, whilethey did not recognize two other Dallas Cowboys creeper styles. 

It would be important for the Dallas Cowboys Merchandizing Corporationto acknowledge  and support the legalrights of workers sewing their garments across Central America—their right toorganize independent unions and to a collective contract.  This would be the most important step theCowboys could take to end sweatshop abuse.   As more information becomes available, we will post it onour website.

--Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (glhr.org)

tcudavid
tcudavid

Just because those garments have the team names on them, it doesn't mean the Cowboys or any other team have anything to do with them.  There are sweatshops all over the world that produce fake items.How about we wait for actual proof that any NFL team is actually associated with this shop before blaming them.  There's this little thing called innocent until proven guilty.  I'm willing to give these teams the benefit of the doubt.  If I'm wrong, I'll be happy to place blame.

Doug in DFW
Doug in DFW

Here in the first world are the Dallas Cowboys & the New York Yankees (well, Legends Hospitality) still skimming tips from minimum wage beer vendors? 

Ned Ryerson
Ned Ryerson

This opens up a great PR opportunity for the Cowboys to showcase the humane working conditions at their actually contracted El Salvadorean garment factories...

Or not.

Guest
Guest

"Dallas Cowboys Vehemently Deny They Beat Their Wives and Children"

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

If our tax structure and all of the other BS legislation didn't drive our businesses to other countries, this wouldn't be an issue.  The El Salvador stamp kind of gives this away so I'm inclined to disregard the statement from Priakos.  LOL 

I wonder if these kids realize even if the tag said Made in the USA that the materials, dyes, etc. often come from other countries. "The Textile Fiber Products Identification Act and Wool Products Labeling Act require a Made in USA label on most clothing and other textile or wool household products if the final product is manufactured in the U.S. of fabric that is manufactured in the U.S., REGARDLESS of where materials earlier in the manufacturing process (for example, the yarn and fiber) came from."  But I suppose they're just mad about sweat and work conditions. 

Guess we should all run around naked.

Guest
Guest

"If our tax structure and all of the other BS legislation didn't drive our businesses to other countries..."

Reference, please?  Really sick of the ol' "regulation and/or tax is killing business" meme, especially when no one can provide any verifiable facts to point to that conclusion.

There are plenty of companies that manufacture goods in this country within the confines of the tax structure.  Let me fix that for you: "If our workers who demand a living wage didn't drive our businesses to other countries..."

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

Spoken like an employee...Start a business and then tell me about it.  Your sentence is also correct about a living wage driving business to other countries.  why do you think they can't or don't provide a living wage?

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Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Wow, then how did Frito-Lay, S&S Restaurant -Brinker Int'l (Steak and Ale, etc...), Dr Pepper, Kimberly-Clark, Southwest Airlines, Mrs Baird's Breads, Neiman-Marcus, Mark Cuban, Dallas Cowboys and a host of other companies ever succeed in Dallas? Wow. High taxes, strangling regulations, indeed. Maybe some people suck at opening their own businesses? Maybe competition drives out the weakest? Maybe markets change?

We once had a 90% tax bracket--it was called the 1950's and early 1960's. Cannot recall, since I was a kid then, but I think that despite that CRUSHING tax level, America boomed.

Nanoo
Nanoo

 Made in America would be more expensive wouldn't it ?   Or would it just mean they're not going to make much $$ when they sell them ?   In either case who really cares ?    

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

All of Jerry's plastic surgery was done on American soil, so there's that.

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

If its not true, why aren't they suing the people making the false claims?

ChrisU
ChrisU

'why can't this old SOB hurry up. you're like a mule'that guy was talking about Marion Barber.

NewsDog
NewsDog

If the team was winning no one would care.

Paul
Paul

"Wear America's Team Clothing Made in El Salvador" ... Now that is a marketing slogan.

"I do not sit around thinking of a way to make a buck"-- He Whose Name Shall Not be Uttered

We don't berate our sweatshop workers, we just beat them.

Albert
Albert

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