We all know too well the devastating effects of a broken trade system: the loss of jobs, shattered communities, staggering national deficits.
Now, nearly every edition of the daily newspaper or broadcast of the nightly news reveals there are more side effects that could harm every American — toxic toys, poisoned pet food, tainted toothpaste and an at risk human food supply are making their way into the United States from China and other places where there are little or no environmental and health regulations.
In early August, Fisher-Price recalled 967,000 plastic preschool toys made in China because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead. The recall covered 83 types of toys including play sets, toy vehicles, figures and musical instruments. Many of the recalled toys are connected to popular children’s TV programs including Sesame Street, the acclaimed educational series, and Dora the Explorer, an animated series. Fischer-Price is a subsidiar…
1,612 Days = WWll + 266Deaths as of Aug 17 = 3,706Daily rate (last 14 days) = 2.6There really is a flaw in our system of government when a nut job for a president can't be removed from office when the only option is impeachment, and the impeachment process has lost its credibility because of the Monica Lewinsky thing and the result of Dick Cheney taking over would probably be just as bad. What a terrible state of affairs.
What kind of manufactured goods are made with sweatshop labor?
It is not just the garment industry. Common sweatshop goods include tires, auto parts, shoes, toys, computer parts, electronics, and nearly every other kind of manufactured good.
Urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor the Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act (S. 367 & H.R. 1992). It will ban sweatshop goods from entering our markets. Do it for your country, do it for your children, do it for yourself.
The Dog and Cat Protection Act of 2000 prohibits the importing or exporting of dog or cat fur products into the U.S. market.
The goal of this Act is to deter the brutality and suffering inflicted upon dogs and casts, whose fur was being used for products such as coats that were entering the United States. Is it not time to extend these same protections to human beings?
Urge your Congressional Representative and Senators to support the anti sweatshop legislation (H.R. 1992 and S. 367. This is the Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act.
How would the Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act (S. 367 & H.R. 1992) be enforced? The Federal Trade Commission is charged with investigation of complaints and enforcement. As an added incentive for businesses not to exploit workers, competitors or investors can bring a private suit against any company using sweatshop labor to produce goods for the U.S. market. This includes manufacturers that operate sweatshop facilities in the U.S. as well.
Have you called or written to your members of Congress yet?
If the Decent Working Conditions and Fair competition Act can become law, consumers will get peace of mind knowing that they are not supporting sweatshop conditions. Businesses benefit from not having to go up against immoral competitors. Most importantly, workers around the globe will benefit from increased pressure to improve working standards - something our current trade relationships fail to do.
Please urge your members of the U.S. Congress to co-sponsor this legislation.
Any good manufactured in a condition that violates core labor standards is a sweatshop good.
The right to associate, organize and bargain collectively;The right to work free from forced or child labor; and The right to have acceptable conditions of work in terms of wages, safety and health standards, and hours of work.Call your U.S. Representative and Senators and urge them to support the Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act (S. 367 & H.R. 1992)
In Central America, companies exporting to the U.S. routinely target young, unmarried girls for hard labor. Forced abortions are common. When these girls reach a certain age, they are often fired in favor of younger workers.
In the overwhelming majority of these situations, workers have no recourse. They are merely bystanders in the global economy, used and abused by multi-national corporations in their quest to fatten bottom lines.
In the United States, workers are forced to compete with products made under these conditions. Downward pressure on wages and benefits, lost jobs and destroyed communities are the result.
We can do better; we can restore justice in our global trade relationships. Tell your U.S. Representative and Senators to support the Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act (S. 367 & H.R. 1992). It will ban sweatshop goods from entering our markets. The bill also prevents our government from purchasing sweatshop goods with our taxpayer dollars.
Manufacturing workers in China are routinely paid sub-poverty wages, locked inside plants and forced to work in filthy, unsafe conditions.The Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act (S. 367 & H.R. 1992) will ban sweatshop goods from entering our markets.
Call or write to your U.S. Representative and Senators and tell them to Co-sponsor this important legislation.
Join the USW’s Fight for Anti-Sweatshop Legislation
For much too long, our trade agreements have incorporated all types of corporate protections, while ignoring the lives of human beings within our global economy. As a result, worker oppression and abuse is rampant around the globe:
In Jordan, recent reports exposed slave labor conditions among imported workers making products destined for the U.S. market. If workers spoke out against their lack of pay or 18-hour days, they were beaten. Because passports were seized, workers had no escape from their factory compound.
Call your U.S. Representative and Senators and urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 1992 and S. 367, the Anti-Sweatshop Bill.