Chaumtoli Huq Urges Requiring Global Brands to Partner with Unionized Factories

Chaumtoli Huq (’99), Associate Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law, was quoted in The Nation regarding the extension of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, which requires over 100 major brands to help reduce the likelihood of factory fires and building collapses, and discussed the role of unions in ensuring worker safety (“Sweatshops Won’t Help the World’s Poor, but Unions Could,” Sep. 15). “In my interviews, women workers regularly raise three demands. They’re naturally concerned about workplace safety, but they also want to raise the dismally low wages and end the repression of their right to unionize. . . . The only solution is to fight to require the brands to only source from supplier factories that are unionized—everywhere.”