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STORIES / SB1137

Senate Bill 1137 on Garment Manufacturing



If you’re into fashion at all, consider yourself as part of the fashion industry, or simply care about humans earning more than $5/hour, this matters. After a 7 hour hearing, SB-1399 "Employment: garment manufacturing" passed the Senate Labor Committee vote!!⁣

The bill extends laws and wording that ultimately protect garment workers from wage theft. ⁣

Key takeaways
  • WAGES: Garment workers are prohibited from being paid by the piece. (Historically, workers were getting paid cents per unit they worked on.)⁣
  • LIABILITY: All parties (retailers and brands included) engaged in garment manufacturing share liability for legal responsibilities regardless of how many layers of outsourced contracting is involved ⁣
  • PAYMENT: Parties must guarantee payment of unpaid minimum and stolen wages and overtime pay even when factories are shutdown⁣
  • OVERSIGHT: the Labor Bureau of Field Enforecment is authorized to investigate and cite parties for wage theft⁣

This is a HUGE step in the fight for fair-labor practices and it's all thanks to those who are continuously vocal about and stand for garment workers--Virgilda Romero, @garmentworkercenter, @mariaelenadurazoofficial

Learn more:
https://www.billtrack50.com/BillDetail/1212430
www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/⁣

“Several manufacturers have attempted to avoid liability by adding layers of contracting between themselves and the employees manufacturing the garments. [Before the bill]...manufacturers have no incentive to ensure safe conditions or the proper minimum wage and overtime payments for the workers producing their garments without liability.”