As classes resumed this month, students at more than twenty campuses across North America participated in a Week of Action to spread the word about the ongoing boycott of teen retailer American Eagle Outfitters.
College students from Ottawa to Miami and San Antonio to Montreal are supporting the back-to-school boycott protesting workers’ rights abuses at American Eagle’s Canadian distribution contractor, National Logistics Services, where workers faced harassment and intimidation when they sought to improve conditions by forming a union. American Eagle’s Code of Conduct for Contractors requires protection for freedom of association.
UNITE HERE joined with United Students Against Sweatshops, the Student Labor Action Project and the Canadian Federation of Students to launch the boycott of American Eagle in June. Since then thousands of people have signed the online boycott pledge at www.AmericanVulture.org. The campaign recently launched a counter-marketing contest called "Defeather the Eagle" – the best ads satirizing American Eagle may be eligible for prizes.