Do you want your tax dollars to subsidize sweatshops?
The Jobs Through Procurement Act (H.R. 6262), introduced by Congressman Phil Hare and Mike Michaud, seeks to tap the enormous purchasing power of the federal government to create manufacturing jobs in the United States and ensure decent working conditions for all workers who make products for the government.
The United States Government spends over $500 billion on goods and services annually, including about $4 billion on clothing and related materials. These tax dollars support millions of jobs both in the United States and overseas. But, those jobs often provide substandard wages and poor working conditions. Many are sweatshop jobs.
The Jobs Through Procurement Act will require contractors to adopt a standard for decent working conditions based on the International Labor Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and to certify the names and locations of the factories to be used in supplying the government. Contracting officials and contractors that procure manufactured goods with government funds will be trained on domestic purchasing requirements, and domestic purchasing clauses will be inserted in all applicable contracts and subcontracts, including service contracts.
Ask your Representative to support this important legislation so that our tax dollars support decent work, not sweatshops.
As a taxpayer, I am concerned that my tax dollars are going to sweatshops. I am also concerned by the loopholes in laws that are designed to protect domestic jobs.
It is my sincere hope that you will agree with me that government should use its purchasing power to create good jobs, promote decent working conditions and a fair global economy. Without adequate enforcement of domestic purchasing and a baseline for decent working conditions worldwide, contractors may compete by cutting cost at the expense of workers. The Jobs Through Procurement Act sets a global floor for labor standards: a baseline for decent working conditions that all suppliers that make uniforms for our military or apparel for public employees must respect.
Please cosponsor the Jobs Through Procurement Act by contacting Kevin Donnelly (Rep. Hare) at Kevin.Donnelly[at]mail.house.gov, or at (202) 225-5905.