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Over 100 women worked for years in Pactiv Corporation’s New Jersey factory – owned by Reynolds Group Holdings and its boss, Graeme Hart – one of the richest men in the world. They were worked near to death in sweltering sweatshop conditions. The majority of the work was packing boxes of plastic containers for shipment to major retailers such as Walmart and Costco.
When more than two dozen Chinese and Latina women spoke out and organized, the Pactiv Corporation retaliated: doubling and tripling their work and not even letting women use the bathroom, despite workers’ worsening health conditions. Then Pactiv fired about 60% of the packers and dumped all of the remaining workload on the workers they didn’t fire. At the factory, the problem was not LACK of work, it was OVERWORK.
The fired workers are not backing down. They are determined to hold Pactiv and Reynolds Group accountable for their retaliation against the workers who organized for better working conditions.
We call upon your organization to join the Pactiv workers and the Ain’t I A Woman?! Campaign to change the sweatshop system in this country that has us all chained — whether we are factory, retail, restaurant, public or office workers. It is important for workers to come together to fight against forced overtime.
- The right to take bathroom breaks.
- The right to sick days and parental leave.
- The right to speak out and organize without retaliation.
- Reinstatement with back pay for those laid-off or fired.
- The right to a 40-hour work week and no mandatory overtime.