The following is the text of a letter I sent to all San Leandro city council members in support of a "Sweatfree Ordinance" for San Leandro. You can call them and e-mail them to show your support as well. Their contact information is available at http://www.ci.san-leandro.ca.us/slcitycouncil.html. For more information on the issue visit http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/sweatshops/
Dear City Council Members:
Last Tuesday night, Berkeley became the third city in the United States (after San Francisco and LA) to allocate funding for a “Sweatfree Ordinance” that would prohibit the city government from purchasing any and all goods produced in sweatshops. The Berkeley City Council approved $25,000 for initial funding and vowed to revisit the issue again in December during the mid-year budget review.
Earlier this year, Council member Tony Santos committed himself to introduce an ordinance that would provide a living wage to all city employees and employees of large companies doing business with the city. Legislation that would prohibit the San Leandro city government from purchasing goods produced in sweatshops would not only compliment the living wage ordinance, but assure that it was meaningful. It would also assure that the city government is not unwittingly exploiting workers, in particular immigrant workers, by buying products from companies that do not adhere to fair labor practices.
I urge you to consider introducing and passing an ordinance similar to the one passed by the city of Berkeley and to allocate sufficient funding to support it.