Madison, WI-"At the Common Council meeting of October 11, a new ordinance creating humane standards for city garment purchases was adopted unanimously. The new policy requires that apparel purchases by the city, like uniforms for police, fire and parks departments, be made in conditions that respect the economic dignity and human rights of workers, including the right to organize.
"Today, Madison has finally joined the list of responsible governments across the country that have prohibited taxpayer dollars from being used to purchase garments that were made under the deplorable and inhumane conditions of sweatshop labor," said Ald. Austin King, district 8, the sponsor of the ordinance. The Council had previously passed a resolution in April calling for such a policy to be drafted. The ordinance sets up a process whereby the city can utilize an independent monitoring organization to report back on the conditions of factories where the city’s garments are being produced.