Supporters

As of October 18, 2010

Members of Congress

Original cosponsors:
Bob Filner (CA-51)
Raul Grijalva (AZ-7)
Alcee Hastings (FL-23)
Phil Hare (IL-17)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)
Mike Michaud (ME-2)
Gwen Moore (WI-4)


Phil Hare (IL-17):


"Allowing domestic sourcing requirement loopholes to be exploited and standing by while U.S. government products are made under sweatshop conditions is deplorable and we can not tolerate it any longer,” said Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL). Government procurement policies may be increasing the downward pressure on wages and working conditions, hastening a race to the bottom which is costing American workers their jobs. It’s clear we can do better and we owe it to American taxpayers and workers to make sure that the procurement process works for them. This legislation has the ability to create and keep jobs here at home, help restore the manufacturing base across this country, and create a more fair global economy."

Mike Michaud (ME-2):

"American tax dollars should be used to buy American goods in order to maximize the economic benefits to our communities.  This bill will put safeguards in place to ensure our government does not procure goods made with sweatshop labor and that it maximizes the use of our domestic supply chain.  We need to be doing everything we can to push our economic recovery forward and create jobs."


National Organizations

AFL-CIO
American Federation of Government Employees
Change to Win
Food Chain Workers Alliance
Global Green
Interfaith Worker Justice
International Labor Rights Forum
Organic Consumers Association
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Social Accountability International
SweatFree Communities
Workers United, SEIU

AFL-CIO:

“The AFL-CIO supports Representative Phil Hare's Jobs Through Procurement Act, which sets a high, uniform standard for the procurement of goods at the federal level, which we see as an important and necessary step to guaranteeing the full exercise of workers' rights worldwide.  We look forward to working with Congress on this important legislation and urge its enactment.”

American Federation of Government Employees:

"AFGE, which represents acquisition personnel in more than seventy agencies, strongly supports efforts to ensure that the federal government’s contractors are held to a higher uniform standard for the treatment and compensation of their employees.  Representative Hare’s Jobs Through Procurement Act provides a thoughtful framework for thinking about how to best establish that higher uniform standard, and AFGE looks forward to working with the broad coalition of labor and community groups dedicated to achieving sweatfree procurement to ensure its expeditious Congressional consideration."

Change to Win:

“The Jobs through Procurement Act is a much needed first step toward ending a federal procurement system that allows taxpayer dollars to go to firms that violate basic human rights, pay subpoverty wages, and prevent their workers from unionizing," said George Faraday, Legal Director for Federal Initiatives at the Change to Win labor federation.

International Labor Rights Forum:

“The Jobs through Procurement Act taps the federal governments purchasing power to hold corporations accountable to the American people,” said Bama Athreya, Executive Director of the International Labor Rights Forum.  “Ending tax dollars for sweatshops is the right thing to do morally and it’s the right prescription for our economy.”

Presbyterian Church (USA):

"The Presbyterian Church (USA) has called on all Presbyterians to practice responsible purchasing in our own lives, and the Jobs through Procurement Act will help our government to do the same.  We wholeheartedly support this legislation which reflects the values of Christians and all faiths," said Grayde Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

SweatFree Communities:

“Jobs through Procurement makes sure our tax dollars are put to work creating good jobs with decent working conditions.  This legislation is sorely needed today and a victory for  workers, businesses, and communities,” said Bjorn Claeson, Director of the SweatFree Communities campaign at the International Labor Rights Forum.

Workers United, SEIU
 
“During these tough economic times, Congressman Hare’s legislation would help create jobs – good jobs that will raise the standard of living of workers everywhere,” said Bruce Raynor, President of Workers United, a union that represents apparel workers making government uniforms.  “The purchasing power of the federal government is enormous and we should direct funds towards businesses that support our communities. I hope that our elected officials from both parties agree that it is unconscionable for taxpayer dollars to fund sweatshop labor.” 


State & Local Organizations

Austin Fair Trade Coalition, TX
Bread & Roses Club, Brooklyn, NY
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Harrisburg Chapter, PA
Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance, MI
Institute for Labor Studies, Kansas City, MO
Mission Office, Alvernia University, Reading, PA
Ohio Conference on Fair Trade
Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm, WI
IBEW Local Union 113, Colorado Springs, CO
Zion United Church of Christ, Evansville, IN


Business

People Wear SF
Traditions Fair Trade
Unionwear

Mitch Cahn, President, Unionwear:


"The Jobs Through Procurement Act will level the playing field for small businesses domestic manufacturers seeking government contracts.  Demanding that federal contractors comply with core labor standards will redirect dollars already budgeted by the federal government towards small, labor intensive businesses, leveraging those expenditures into job creation and the rebuilding of our industrial infrastructure."


U.S. Garment Workers

 
Mary Luz Aliseo, worker at Sam Bonk in the Bronx, New York:

"I’ve worked making uniforms in New York City for 10 years and my job has allowed me to support my family.
 
We hope that this bill will provide more jobs and more opportunities. The government should not be spending money supporting sweatshops. Our country is in a recession and we need good jobs that help develop our country’s economy."
 
 
Wilheminia Richardson, worker at American Apparel in Selma, Alabama: 
 
"I have worked at American Apparel for 21 years.  I feel good about making top quality uniforms for our men and women in the military.
 
American Apparel is one of the biggest companies in our area, and these jobs help a lot of us provide for our families and save for our futures. 
 
But I worry about what will happen if our government allows just anybody to make military uniforms.  That is why I hope Congress passes this bill. Our government should take the lead in promoting US jobs with good pay and benefits.  Now more than ever."
 

Albert Torres, former employee of Propper International, laid-off after initiating a lawsuit insisting that the company comply with the benefits established under Puerto Rican law: 

"This bill will help workers in Puerto Rico who are constantly abused by employers like Propper International, the biggest military uniform manufacturer working for the Department of Defense.
 
Propper pays minimum wage and does not comply with basic laws in Puerto Rico, like the ones that provide vacation and sick days. Workers at the plant have suffered from lack of toilet paper, poor ventilation, and the violation of core labor standards.
 
This bill will give the federal government jurisdiction to look into these illegal actions."
 

Dawn Quanstrom, worker at Excelled Leather in Kewanee, Illinois:


"Congressman Phil Hare worked in the garment industry for years and knows the importance of good manufacturing jobs in his district and throughout the country. I’ve worked at Excelled Leather in Kewanee, Illinois for 26 years and we been making products for our men and women in the military.  I am proud of my work and proud of my contribution. Congressman Hare’s bill would make sure that our tax dollars are going to support good jobs – not sweatshop labor."
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SweatFree Communities,
Sep 30, 2010, 8:38 AM
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