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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

Finding Common Ground: Exploring Alternative Solutions to Improve the Rights of Workers in Developing Countries

Increasing globalization and the reduction of barriers to trade in the last twenty years has caused a drastic shift in apparel manufacturing from industrialized to developing countries as multinationals search for the cheapest workers in the world. Corporations in this labor-intensive industry often pay minimal wages, require excessive overtime, employ children, and force employees to work under unsafe or unhealthy conditions. This trend has raised concerns from organizations and agencies throughout the United States and the international community. Various solutions have been proposed and implemented to address the concerns of the exploited workers. Several of these efforts will be examined in this paper in order to find the best possible solution.

--Author's foreword.