“I have been employed in the Lufa Garment Factory for two years. This is my first job ever. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., six days a week, I produce jackets and pants. The volume is so high—50 to 60 pieces per hour—that is not possible to keep a smiley face. My monthly pay is 2,500 taka [about 34 U.S. dollars]. I hardly save any money. In the last year I got myself three dresses. Each one cost 1,000 taka. Those were my only treats.” -Shagorika, 18, Garment Worker, Bangladesh
When I read this message, I found it hard to believe that the factory she was referring to was a garment factory that is well known throughout the U.S. This has become a trend in the United States so companies can make an extra buck. To me, the idea of shipping jobs overseas and paying people like Shagorika 34 US dollars a month is flat out wrong (this is roughly 11 cents an hour). In addition to this, the working conditions of being in a factory for 12 hours a day cannot be the greatest. As Shagorika stated, “that is not possible to keep a smiley face.” For me, it is not possible to keep a smiley face because this is what companies are doing today. The consequence of this is that they are costing Americans their jobs. This is proven with the the jobless rate which stands at almost 9.1% (12.5 million), its highest rate since the great depression (over 15 million).
In order to solve this trending problem, All American Clothing Co. is passionate about change with the goal in creating more US jobs. We are working extremely hard in raising awareness as to why it is important to buy American Made clothing and other products. To us, it is not about making the money. If it was, we would have moved overseas a long time ago. It is about a bigger, greater cause. It`s about YOU. It is our goal to create as many US jobs for you, the American people. We can achieve this in offering you a product that allows you to make a difference in the economy with one purchase. We encourage you to be a part in making a difference when you buy product from us, or any other American Made company. With that being said, when you buy American Made goods, you are creating American jobs! Are you contributing?