The Garment Worker Center (GWC)

is a worker rights organization whose mission is to organize low-wage garment workers in Los Angeles in the fight for social and economic justice.

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OUR MISSION

GWC addresses the systemic problems of wage theft, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, and the abusive and inhumane treatment faced by workers on-the-job.

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OUR HISTORY

GWC was founded in 2001. The idea to create a Garment Worker Center had its genesis during the infamous Thai garment worker slave case in El Monte California.

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Health and Safety in LA Sweatshops

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Los Angeles is the nation’s garment production capital and the city’s largest manufacturing sector. Over 45,000 workers cut, sew and finish garments locally, a workforce comprised primarily of Latino/a and Asian immigrants. The Los Angeles garment industry is notorious for operating within a complex, multi-layered system of fierce competition, in which thousands of small factories compete to obtain contracts with manufacturers by providing high volume and quick turnaround. To do so, contract owners “sweat” work out of their employees while garment manufacturers and retailers reap tremendous profits and routinely deny responsibility for the conditions in which their garments were produced.

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OFFICE ADDRESS

1250 S. Los Angeles St., Suite 213 Los Angeles, CA 90015

Phone

213.748.5866

Working hours

Call for appointments Tuesdays 1-4 Wednesday 12-8

Email

gwc@garmentworkercenter.org

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