Two workers from the Alta Gracia Factory, a project proving that an apparel factory that is unionized and paying a living wage can thrive, visited Texas Christian University earlier this week. They spoke and met with students, community members, and administration at the campus, which offers Alta Gracia apparel through their bookstore. Maritza Vargas and Sobeida Fortuna work at Alta Gracia in Villa Altagracia in the Dominican Republic and were happy to share their experiences openly at the campus.
The Project’s goal, as the first ever living wage union garment factory catering to collegiate markets, showcases the highest standard in ethical apparel production. Alta Gracia workers are paid well over the mandated minimum wage and have the freedom to join the union representing workers in the factory (FEDOTRAZONAS).
With a collective bargaining agreement and compensation (well above the local minimum wage) Maritza and Sobeida shared with TCU students the conditions of the factory and the impact it has made on their lives, as well as their fellow Alta Gracia garment workers.
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