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1 Sep 2020

Garment Worker Center

USA: Garment worker group petition calls for support for SB1399 Garment Worker Protection Act

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"Pass SB1399: Garment Worker Protection Act", August 2020

Please sign this petition to share with California Legislators and show your support for SB1399: the Garment Worker Protection Act.

SB1399 is... sponsored by Garment Worker Center, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the California Labor Federation and Western Center on Law and Poverty.

There are more than 45,000 garment workers in Los Angeles, many of whom are paid less than half of the minimum wage in the city. Fashion brands at the top of the supply chain profit off these low wages and wage theft yet they face no accountability.

Workers in the California garment industry are still often paid through a piece-rate system, which can change on a whim. The piece-rate can be as little as 2 cents per piece. The piece-rate system puts minimum wage out of reach. Garment workers who are paid by piece-rate are usually paid less than $6 per hour for their efforts and as low as $3 per hour depending on piece-rates, according to a study by UCLA. Big name fashion brands know what they are doing. They pay subcontractors rates so low that workers end up paying the price for cheap clothing.

Senate Bill 1399 would eliminate the piece-rate system in the garment industry, which is too often used as a cover to pay wages less than the minimum wage...