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April 15, 2013                                        Issue # 335

                              Intimate Apparel

New Contract for Port
A new, long-term master labor contract covering operations at port terminals along the East and Gulf Coast has finally been approved, putting to an end months of uncertainty for US retailers.
A vote by the International Longshoreman's Association (ILA) on April 9 ratifying the contract is described as "welcome news" by the National Retail Federation (NRF).
"The nation's retailers have been on pins-and-needles for the past year due to the possibility of a supply chain disruption along the 14 East and Gulf Coast container ports," noted Jonathan Gold, NRF vice president for supply chain and customs policy.
Longshoremen unload and offload cargo from ships.
"The nation's ports are our economic lifeline to the world," Gold continued, adding that the vote "will bring much-needed certainty and efficiency to East and Gulf Coast port operations and secure the United States' position in the global supply chain."
The new contract puts an end to the threat of strike action after negotiators thrashed out issues such as overtime rules and container royalties. The dock workers at 14 ports on the East and Gulf Coasts handle nearly half of the US's ocean cargo.

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Pixie Dust which is billing it's self as "the cutest costume
company in the world" is reporting that the April International Lingerie Show was a huge success. 
Not only did the costumes such as Twizzler, Jolly Ranchers and other confectionery treats create a great amount of buzz but they generated a nice amount of orders. 
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Nicki is wearing  H & H Design
Photo by Jerome Hamilton of Studio Time Photography
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Guatemala Agrees to Enforce Labor Laws
The Guatemalan government has agreed to enforce its labor laws - finally resolving a complaint filed in 2008 by the US government under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).
The "robust enforcement plan" announced earlier this week is designed to put an end to ongoing concerns over labor rights violations.
The 18-point plan includes concrete actions with specific timeframes that Guatemala will implement within six months to improve labor law enforcement.
The "landmark agreement" will see the Guatemalan government set aside additional resources for labor inspections, and there will be new mechanisms to indicate impending and sudden factory closures and ensure that workers are paid what they are owed when factories close.
There will also be improved monitoring and enforcement of labor court orders and new efforts to ensure export companies comply with labor laws.
This is the first labor case that the US has brought to dispute settlement under a trade agreement.
"Its full and timely implementation over the coming months will yield demonstrable improvements in Guatemalan labor law enforcement that will be a real victory for workers," noted Acting Secretary of Labor, Seth Harris.
US apparel retailers and brands sourcing in Guatemala have long been concerned at the Guatemalan government's failure to enforce its labor laws.
A letter sent a year ago to President Otto Perez Molina by Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters, Gap Inc, Liz Claiborne, Nike, PVH Corp, Under Armour and VF Corporation, urged change to "establish Guatemala's reputation as a country where socially-responsible companies may do business with confidence."

    Curvy Kate A/W 2013 
The Curvy Kate Autumn Winter collection welcomes a sophisticated, elegant and sumptuous feel. Although the key feel good philosophies still remain, the brand believes it is the right time to grow and mature the offer with pieces designed for all shapes and for all occasions, whilst reaching out to a wider age range.
Hannah Houston, Marketing Manager Comments. ĎThe feel of the new brochure is romantic and hails the return of the curvy sex siren. We wanted to show that there isnít just one type of Curvy Kate girl or personality. The growth since our launch has been huge and we want to continue to offer styles that our audience are asking for but also give them something different that isnít already available in the market. Curvy Kate has always looked at their customerís attitude rather than age and we believe the romantic, sassy collection will make every woman feel and look a million dollars.í
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Peru's Labor Reform Has
     Become an Issue
Efforts by a group of US apparel brands and retailers to persuade the Peruvian government to repeal legislation that allows the use of short-term contracts in the country's garment industry have, as yet, generated no formal response.
The companies - New Balance, Nike, PVH Corp (owner of the Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein brands), VF Corporation (owner of Wrangler, Lee, The North Face, Nautica and Timberland), 47 Brand, and Life Is Good - wrote to President Ollanta Humala Tasso in early March to express their concern.
The law, Decree 22342, allows 'non-traditional' exporting companies to employ workers on short-term contracts - typically for six months, but often for three months and sometimes for as little as one month - to work on specific export orders.
A proposal to repeal its labor provisions is currently making its way through the committee stage before being put to the country's Congress.
The repeal is strongly opposed by textile and apparel manufacturers.
Yet while there has been "an incredible response" from the Peruvian media to the US concerns, there has been no formal reply from the President or the Minister of Labor.
However, a letter issued by the Exporters Association (ADEX), the National Federation of Private Business Institutions (CONFIEP) and other business associations to the president criticized the action of the US brands - calling it an inappropriate intrusion into Peru's sovereign jurisdiction, designed to reduce Peru's competitive advantage.
Some domestic opponents seem to agree with the US stance, saying the law defends a small segment of Peru's textile sector, including the most profitable companies in the country, who benefit by denying their workers their rights.
"What the Peruvian industry needs to realize, however, is that the abuse of short-term contracts is becoming a hot-button issue for many global brands and what might have seemed like a competitive advantage is rapidly turning into a disadvantage for Peru," local reports were told. 
Peru's garment and textile industry exports some US$642m annually in textile products to the US alone - and the use of short-term employment contracts has grown exponentially since the signing of free trade agreements with the US and Canada.


             Model: Stefany Lopez       
         Wearing Fantasy Lingerie
           Photo by  Isadora Bravo
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Little Johnny & the Devil 
A Sunday school teacher asked Little Johnny, "Do you believe in the Devil?" 
"No," said Little Johnny. "It's the same as Santa Claus. I know it's my daddy." 

HerProject to Launch 
       In Cambodia
Better Work is set to launch HerProject in Cambodia through a partnership with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).
The project links multinational companies and their factories to local NGOs to create sustainable workplace programs that increase women's health awareness.
It will also work to demonstrate the return on investment for factory-based women's health programs through benefits like increased productivity, reduced absenteeism and turnover, and improved worker management relations.
HerProject is a 14-18 month program that currently operates in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan and Vietnam.
To support scaling the successful methodology for worker training and empowerment, Better Work will manage HerProject Cambodia, which will be implemented by an appropriate local NGO partner.


WTO Trade Talks Warned
                to Fail
The director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has warned that there is little chance of reaching agreement on a number of issues ahead of a ministerial meeting to be held in Bali in December.
The meeting hopes to deliver on a the trade facilitation, agriculture and lesser developed country issues from the stalled Doha round of global trade talks.
But WTO director general Pascal Lamy has warned the "stark reality is that the current pace of work is largely insufficient to deliver successfully in Bali". 
He said: "This means that without rapid acceleration and real negotiations, it is highly probable that you will not see the deliverables you desire in Bali."
He emphasized there needs to be a shift in mindset away from exploring, understanding and discussing issues and looking instead to negotiating and closing gaps.
Lamy added the WTO is still waiting for proposals from the lesser-developed countries around duty free and quota free, rules of origin and cotton so that work can commence on them.
The Lesser Developed Countries group wants to see Ambassador Steffen Smidt appointed as facilitator, which would be approved once he receives a green light from the Danish government.
Lamy said the stakes for Bali are "high". Global trade is forecast to grow below the 20 year average in 2013 at 3.3%, and the global economy is in a "fragile" state, with the trading system facing the risk of protectionism.
The Doha round of global trade talks launched in November 2001 in Doha, Qatar. But they collapsed in 2003 and again in 2006, 2007, and 2008, before finally stalling in 2011 because of differences between major rich nations and emerging trading powers.

Victoria Wells and DEG
   Productions Event
Photos by Isadora Bravo Photography
Victoria Wells and DEG Productions Event at The Stellan Hotel on March,23, 2013 Celebrating The Birthday of Ruben Rubin Cabrera and Maurice Aguilar Entertainment Manager from VH1's "Love & Hip Hop" 

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        Three Textile Trade Associations Have Merged
Three US textile trade groups are set to merge into one industry trade association, which will bring most of the US textile industry under one voice in Washington policy circles.
The National Council of Textiles Organizations (NCTO), the National Textile Association (NTA) and the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC) have merged under the National Council of Textiles Organizations (NCTO) name, effective April 1.
The new organization will allow the domestic textile industry to more quickly and effectively address the range of federal policy developments of importance to the 1.5m workers in the US whose jobs are either directly or indirectly tied to this sector.
It will also have the capability to present a united front to Congressional members and Executive Branch agencies on critical policy issues, particularly the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement negotiations.
Other benefits will include a more focused opportunity to brand the US textile industry as an integral component of America's 21st century economy by better highlighting its substantial economic contribution, particularly in the area of employment; its high-tech products; its cutting edge manufacturing processes; and its status as a globally competitive exporter.
It will also expand its focus to more fully cover an array of critical issues beyond those that involve trade, to include issues such as regulatory and government contracting matters.
The new organization will have increased staffing to do more lobbying, public relations and grassroots activity, as well as a better capability to identify and support major governmental customer needs such as those of the US military.
The merger will also improve the structural efficiency of the industry's representation in Washington by combining and maximizing the various strengths of the three separate organizations, eliminating duplication and allowing for a more systematic effort to recruit new members.
"This is an important step for the US textile industry and the hundreds of thousands of workers we employ," said Bill Jasper, NCTO chairman and chairman and CEO of Unifi.
"The industry has agreed to establish a completely unified trade association to represent its interests in Washington. The result will be a much stronger and more aggressive voice, with a wider geographical and political reach, on the critical matters that face our industry."



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