Sweatfree DC Proposed Amendment
Date of publication: February 24, 2010
ILRF proposed to DC Councilmember Mary Cheh an amendment that she can add to the "Omnibus Procurement Reform Amendment Act of 2010"
The amendment states:
This body hereby directs the District of Columbia to create and implement a Sweatfree Procurement Policy; and to join the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium to collaborate with other public agencies and share information and the cost of monitoring the suppliers and factory locations.
- The City will develop a Sweatfree Procurement Policy requiring uniform, clothing, footwear, and textile suppliers to disclose factory names and location information and requiring those factories to comply with certain core labor standards and to pay non-poverty wages; and
- The City shall create a “Policy Committee” that will consist of nine persons, with members representing the following groups: four members from advocates for labor rights and just working conditions in apparel, footwear and textile industry; two members from an organization representing uniform-wearing public employees; one member who is an expert in global economics and supply chains; the City Purchasing Agent or designee and; the Auditor or designee. The members of the Policy Committee shall be appointed by the Office of Contracting and Procurement and be confirmed by the City Council; and
- The “Policy Committee” is directed to recommend a Sweatfree Procurement Policy for Washington DC no later than December 2010.