Clothing and accessories stores added jobs in June, but department stores shed them.
About 100 people demonstrated outside of the H&M flagship in Herald Square Wednesday, calling for a fair contract.
Attendees emphasized the need for companies to support the renewal of The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
The industry is hiring again after last year’s widespread layoffs and store closures.
More than 168 million children are forced into child labor, according to the nonprofit GoodWeave that aims to end child labor.
The industry cut thousands of jobs during March, with struggling department stores hit hardest.
By cutting $54 billion from the collective budgets of government agencies dealing with trade, the economy and nonviolent crime, President Trump plans to increase defense spending to one of the highest levels in history.
Students at dozens of universities are banding together through United Students Against Sweatshops to rally against Nike for allegedly refusing unrestricted access for the Worker Rights Consortium.
The Wage and Hour Division found violations at factories making clothes for retailers including Ross, Forever 21, TJ Maxx and Nordstrom.
The key to slashing jobs to achieve a leaner organization is empowerment.
The National Retail Federation said the new DOL rule could have a “chilling effect” on employers.
The report raised concerns about the right to freedom of association in those sectors, as well as inadequate labor law enforcement in Peru, which has a free trade agreement with the U.S.