Editorial/US: Let the Sweatshop Reform Law Work

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Subject: Editorial/US: Let the Sweatshop Reform Law Work
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Jun 19 2000 - 10:16:33 EDT


Let the Sweatshop Reform Law Work
+Garment workers have a right to minimum wages and overtime. Don't allow
big business to circumvent that.
By LORA JO FOO, JULIE A. SU
Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2000

Last year, Gov. Gray Davis signed into law Assembly Bill 633, the sweatshop
reform bill. Today, big-name retailers, hoping to have Davis safely tucked
in their multimillion-dollar pockets, are pressuring him to exempt them
from its requirements.

This law gives protection to the state's 160,000 garment workers, the
majority of whom are immigrant women toiling 60 to 70 hours a week in
sweatshops for less than minimum wages and no overtime pay. The law makes
explicit the garment manufacturers' and retailers' legal responsibility to
ensure that the workers who sew their clothes at contractors' facilities
receive at least minimum wage and overtime pay. This law, which
acknowledges the economic reality of manufacturers' and retailers' control
over sweatshops, provides the state's garment workers with a new legal tool
to collect an estimated $73 million in unpaid wages each year.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/comment/20000407/t000032565.html

Melanie Orhant <<morhant@igc.org>>
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