Broome County, NY Resolution Against Child Labor and Sweatshops

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Broome County, NY, US

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Type: Resolution

Status: Adopted on 12/23/97 In Favor - 17 Opposed - 0 Absent - 2

Source File: http://gobroomecounty.com/legis/pdfs/minutes/1997/19971223SessionMinutes2.pdf

Text:

WHEREAS, we believe that in our global economy, human rights protections are every bit as important as corporate rights, and

WHEREAS, we do not want U. S.-based multinational corporations pitting the U.S. worker against the poor in the developing world in a race to the bottom line competing over who will accept the lowest wages and benefits and the most miserable working conditions, and

WHEREAS, we need to lift human rights standards around the world, not lower them, and

WHEREAS, we affirm the dignity of life over corporate greed, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that this County Legislature calls upon Companies to clean up their factories and hire the parents and older brothers and sisters of the very young people they employ, and strictly respect local laws requiring young people to attend school, and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that this County Legislature calls upon Corporations to respect internationally recognized human and worker rights, with their actions and not just their words, and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that this County Legislature calls upon Corporations to pay wages tied to the basic cost of living in each country, and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that this County Legislature calls upon the stores in our community to reflect upon how they might be contributing to such conditions in the selling of items made under such conditions and refrain from stocking such items in the future as their conscience dictates, and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that this County Legislature calls upon the people in our community to reflect upon how they might be contributing to such conditions in the buying of items made under such conditions and refrain from buying such items in the future as their conscience dictates, and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clerk of this County Legislature send a copy of this Resolution be sent to President Bill Clinton, Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, Senator Alfonse D'Amato, Representative Sherwood Bohlert, Representative James Walsh and Representative Maurice Hinchey.

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