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Justice Clothing

Justice Clothing logo This sweatshop-free retailer gives consumers a socially-conscious way to purchase American and union-made clothing.

In Partnership WIth: IAM, UAW, UFCW, UNITE HERE

A principled retailer transforming America’s garment industry

Justice Clothing takes the high road and is able to do what most other retailers cannot—guarantee that all of its merchandise is sweatshop-free and unionmade. The Maine-based clothing distributor is advancing a socially-conscious business model that gives consumers the ability to support North American jobs and workers’ rights through the clothing they wear.

At a Glance

Justice Clothing is an online retailer and wholesaler of union-made and sweatshop-free apparel.

Headquarters
Bangor, ME

Website
www.justiceclothing.com

Industry
Retail Apparel

Union Employees
1,000 to 2,000 garment workers via wholesale retail arrangements

Total Employees
1,000 to 2,000 via wholesale retail arrangements

Annual Revenues
$250,000

Outlets
Web-based retail operations

Customers
Approximately 5,000 retail and wholesale customers

Justice Clothing’s co-founders, Mandi and Eric Odier-Fink, were largely inspired by the anti-sweatshop movement which flourished at college and university campuses beginning in the 1990s. Eric Odier-Fink recognized the need for his business, “when friends wanted to purchase union apparel but couldn’t find it. Most people who wanted to support justice in the world of apparel with their dollars would simply give up because the quest was too hard.”

He adds, “We started Justice Clothing to prove that companies can sell sweatshop-free, union-made, American products and stay in business through responsible practices that don’t contribute to the mistreatment of workers here and abroad. The union label guarantees that these people have decent pay, they have benefits, and they have job protection and security. That’s what really matters.”

Justice Clothing’s products are made by union members at 14 factories in both the United States and Canada. The company verifies collective bargaining agreements with each of its manufacturers. Its strong labor principles ensure that the workers who make their clothing aren’t subjected to unhealthy levels of dust, excessively long work hours, or rampant sexual harassment, as is often the norm in the international garment industry. Justice Clothing adheres to a strict code of conduct and refuses to do business with manufacturers that violate workers’ rights.

Clothing and accessories available at the retailer’s online store include name brands such as Wigwam socks and Schott pea coats, as well as a wide variety of sportswear and outerwear. The company also sells customized retail apparel such as uniforms and business attire. Justice Clothing is currently working to expand the availability of organic and recycled-material products, as it continues striving to offer consumers the ability to buy a wide variety of clothing with a union label.

Justice Clothing proves that businesses that respect workers’ rights can compete in this global economy. Its loyal base of customers keeps on growing—80 percent of all new orders are from new customers. The retailer continues to fill the demand for products that are sweatshop-free and union-made, while inspiring other businesses to follow.

Selection Criteria  

> Free and fair chance to form a union

> Collaborating as equal partners with workers and their unions to craft innovative strategies on compensation, performance, and productivity to meet business goals and address challenges

> Providing sustainable wages or progressive increases and worker-friendly benefits 

> Creating new jobs and implementing employee retention strategies

> Contributing positively to the broader community