We at the GWC find inspiration and hope in the creative ways people are coming together for support. We are committed to ensuring garment workers also have access to the resources and support they need at this time, and your donations are critical.
A needs assessment of our members revealed specific impacts of COVID-19 on their income and well-being.
- Dangerously unclean conditions: employers’ fail to implement social distancing, mask use, and sanitizing practices, and factory bathrooms lack soap or hand sanitizer.
- Alarming rates of infection. The garment workforce has suffered the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in LA County.
- When garment workers get COVID-19, they are rarely offered paid sick leave.
- As a a result of the lack of paid sick leave and wages that average $6 an hour, they face
- Food insecurity due to loss of income, and the
- inability to pay rent, utilities, and other essential bills.
- Garment workers are often not eligible for unemployment benefits and the underground nature of the industry, such as “off the books” work, makes applying for paid family leave or disability insurance uniquely challenging for this workforce.
Garment workers are providing essential labor to curb the pandemic by producing masks and medical apparel, yet have little to no health protection, paid sick leave, and assurance of fair wages!
This is why Garment Worker Center launched the Garment Worker COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
We are currently prioritizing emergency relief to those workers who contract COVID-19 and do not receive paid sick leave.
We urge our supporters to give what they can, and leaders of the fashion industry to contribute generously to give back to those who made their clothes. Please donate.