By  on April 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — A Bangladeshi garment worker who survived the factory fire at Tazreen Fashions in Dhaka that killed 112 workers, and a labor leader who has been jailed for trying to help workers organize, pressed lawmakers and Obama administration officials here on Thursday to intensify pressure on retailers and brands to make a binding commitment to improve fire safety and prevent more deaths.

Sumi Abedin, who survived the fire in November, and Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, discussed their cause with WWD in the midst of a 10-day tour that will include Los Angeles, Washington, Bentonville, Ark., Cincinnati, New York, Albany, Boston, Seattle and San Francisco.

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