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Part Six

  • Explain. Explain to students the circumstances of the deaths of 650 workers when a factory floor in Bangladesh collapsed.
    • Discuss. Who is to blame for the conditions in these factories?
    • If US companies or stores subcontract the work, does that exonerate them?
    • Do US workers have to worry about building collapses and fires like overseas workers? How about illegal immigrant workers in the United States?
    • How do unions in the United States today compare to unions a century ago?
  • Explain. Explain how the Torah discusses the issue of workers’ rights and safety
    • Read an Excerpt from the Living Wage Teshuvah” by Rabbi Jill Jacobs
  • Assignment. Ask students to formulate five rules for employers and five rules for employees, sharing their answers and coming up with a comprehensive list. Then, in a roundtable discussion, encourage students to brainstorm ways they can help improve conditions for workers today. Ideas might include:
  • E-mailing clothing manufacturers to find out where their clothing is made.
  • Questioning retailers about safeguards they have in place to ensure safe working conditions for overseas factory workers.
  • Organizing a petition to improve factory conditions.
  • Organizing a protest against manufacturers or retailers who do not inspect the factories in which their goods are made.
  • Urging manufacturers and retailers to pay employees a living wage.
  • Urging manufacturers to provide food, housing, and schooling for workers and their children.
  • Refusing to buy clothing from companies who do not care about their workers.
  • Discouraging their friends from buying clothing from companies that do not protect their workers.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Part Six." (Viewed on April 1, 2023) <https://jwa.org/node/25230>.


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