The Rick Smith Show is a union radio show that broadcasts across Pennsylvania. Tomorrow they go door to door to expose the retailers who refuse to sign the Bangladesh safety agreement. You can listen live, or download the podcast from the website. This …

Rick Smith

The Rick Smith Show is a union radio show that broadcasts across Pennsylvania. Tomorrow they go door to door to expose the retailers who refuse to sign the Bangladesh safety agreement.

You can listen live, or download the podcast from the website.

This Wednesday Rick Smith and guest host Pat LaMarche have invited listeners to join them as they speak to shoppers at the 15 fashion retailers in the US who refuse to sign the Bangladesh agreement which was drafted following April’s catastrophic garment factory collapse which cost 1127 workers their lives.

“Hundreds of workers are still missing and hundreds if not thousands of workers were injured and will not be able to return to work,” explained Rick.

“The West Texas Fertilizer explosion has taught us that this sort of disregard for human life is not unique to the third world, but has taken place right here in the United States. We have to start voting with our pocket books. We have to let people know that when they do business with Macy’s or Walmart or Kohl’s, they will be telling them it’s OK to risk human life to get blue jeans on their shelves.”

“And it’s not OK,” added Pat LaMarche. “We know that Americans care when other Americans die. But it doesn’t stop there. We believe that Americans care when anyone dies so that some company can reap bigger profits. And they also know that these people aren’t working in deadly conditions to save the consumer money, because the 50 cent garment manufactured in Bangladesh can cost upwards of one or two hundred times that amount here in the U.S.”

Rick agrees, “Pat’s right. This money goes right to the profit line of Target, Sears and JC Penney.  And the workers in Bangladesh, just like the shopper in Harrisburg, are just victims of these companies who can’t get stuff cheap enough at the same time that they can’t charge too much for it.”

Rick and Pat will be visiting retailers beginning Wednesday, the 22nd of May at 11:00 a.m. Because the retailers will likely not be pleased to see their names among those listed, the Rick Smith Show isn’t giving them a heads up that they will be visited or when.

Here are the bad guys:

  • Macy’s
  • JC Penney
  • Sears
  • GAP
  • Target
  • Kohl’s
  • Sears
  • KMart
  • Walmart
  • The North Face (Wrangler Jeans)
  • Carter’s (Osh Kosh B’Gosh)
  • Nordstrom
  • American Eagle
  • The Children’s Place
  • FootLocker

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South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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