National Labor Committee Exposes Kohl's Department Store Use of Sweatshop Labor

August 28, 2000

or the past two weeks, activists from the National Labor Committee have been traveling across the country demonstrating against the Kohls Department Store chain, headquartered outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. These demonstrations immediately followed the deportation of Charles Kernaghan of the National Labor Committee, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and other anti-sweatshop activists from Managua, Nicaragua. The group spent four days interviewing workers of the Chentex and Mil Clores sweatshop, which produces blue jeans for Kohls, as well as K-Mart, Wal-Mart and JC Penney.


  • Charles Kernaghan, head of the National Labor Committee for Human Rights.
  • Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit. He just returned from interviewing workers in Managua, Nicaragua.
  • Gladys Del Carmen Manzanarez, General Secretary of the Chentex Workers Union. She was fired for union activity.
  • Rosa Esterlina Ocampo Gonzalez, Labor Secretary of the Mil Colores Workers Union. She was fired for union activity

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