PLEASE USE THIS INFO TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE GARMENT WORKER PROTECTION ACT (Senate Bill 62) ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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  • Brand Nameor Weor I Support(s) the Garment Worker Protection Act because. . .”
  • FOR CITIZENS: Many of LA’s 45,000 garment workers make less than 1/2 the min wage because brands are under-paying factories. Brands at the top of the chain profit from low wages & wage theft without accountability. @gavinnewsom + @JenniferSiebelNewsom, protect workers and stop the exploitation. Pass #SB62
  • FOR CITIZENS: We must fix systems that uphold racism & inequality now. Passing The #GarmentWorkerProtectionAct is a start in CA, where we have the 5th largest economy but garment workers, mostly WOC, are exploited. No more sweatshops in #LA@gavinnewsom + @JenniferSiebelNewsom pass #SB62 #GWPA
  • FOR BRANDS: California should be the hub for ethical fashion in the USA, not the sweatshop capital! Legislation needs to catch up with the brands like ours that are leading the way towards a better future for the fashion industry, for businesses and garment workers alike! We urge elected officials to #PassSB62.
  • FOR BRANDS: Fashion brands that profit off sweatshop conditions in their supply chain should be held accountable! #SB62 closes loopholes in the law and levels the playing field for brands like ours that follow the law and are committed to manufacturing ethically in California.
  • PART 2: INCLUDE CALLS TO ACTION

1) Tag Gov. Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and urge them to pass #SB62. Make sure to also tag Garment Worker Center and use the hashtags #SB62 #GarmentWorkerProtectionAct

IG @gavinnewsom @JenniferSiebelNewsom Twitter: ​​@GavinNewsom @JenSiebelNewsom

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SAMPLE TWEETS FOR BUSINESSES

 

  • @GavinNewsom I am a small business owner, one of 145+ in support of #SB62. California should be no place for sweatshops. Make California a leader not a laggard in the $8 billion global ethical and sustainable fashion industry and pass the #GarmentWorkerProtectionAct!
  • For #sustainable business to thrive, we need to level the playing field & hold brands accountable who are exploiting workers & stealing wages. Restore pride in the #MadeinLA & #MadeinUSA labels. CA should be an example in sustainability- @GavinNewsom @JenSiebelNewsom pass #SB62
  • @GavinNewsom CA garment workers earn $5.85 / hour in the richest state in the United States. Business owners like myself don’t support exploitation. Level the playing field for brands like mine who operate ethically. Pass #SB62 and make California a leader in ethical and sustainable fashion. #GarmentWorkerProtectionAct
  • @GavinNewsom  As the owner of @YOURBRANDNAME I strongly support increased brand accountability and an end to wage theft in California garment factories. I proudly stand with fashion’s essential workers. Please pass #GarmentWorkerProtectionAction #SB62
  • @CalChamber: “You do not speak for CA’s small businesses…#SB62 has our “enthusiastic support!” Take SB 62 off the “Job Killer” list. Stand aside & let smart, humane policy move us forward. #SB62 @MariaEDurazo @CAgovernor

SAMPLE TWEETS FOR CITIZENS

  • Hey, @GavinNewsom + @JenSiebelNewsom – #PayHer & end wage theft in CA. Garment workers in LA are earning as little as $2.68/hr. Hold fashion brands liable for ensuring garment workers are paid a fair, livable wage for their hard work. #PassSB62 #GWPA #GarmentWorkerProtectionAct
  • We must fix systems that uphold racism & inequality now. Passing The #GarmentWorkerProtectionAct is a start in CA, where we have the 5th largest economy but garment workers, mostly WOC, are exploited. No more sweatshops in #LA! @GavinNewsom & @JenSiebelNewsom pass #SB62 #GWPA
  • @CalChamber: Take #SB62 off the “Job Killer” list. Garment workers literally died during the pandemic making PPE because of California’s entrenched wage theft. Exploitation is not “job growth” @CAgovernor #GarmentWorkerProtectionAct
  • Many of LA’s 45,000 garment workers make less than 1/2 the min wage because brands are under-paying factories. Brands at the top of the chain profit from low wages & wage theft without accountability. @GavinNewsom + @JenSiebelNewsom, protect workers and stop the exploitation. Pass #SB62
  • Does racial & economic justice or women matter to you @GavinNewsom + @JenSiebelNewsom ? It’s only rhetoric until garment workers, disproportionately women of color, many who continue to make face masks, are protected from unethical labor practices. Stop exploitation. Pass #SB62
  • The #GarmentWorkerProtectionAct will ensure garment workers make minimum wage in CA for their essential labor. @GavinNewsom + @JenSiebelNewsom, CA MUST END decades of exploitation! Pass #SB62.
  • Taxpayers subsidize wage theft while large brands continue to profit. In 2019 CA used $7MIL+ of General Funds just to catch up on garment claims. This keeps our communities locked in poverty, crushing spending potential. @GavinNewsom + @JenSiebelNewsom End wage theft pass #SB62
  • We are in the 21st century, we should not accept workers making $3, $4 or $5 an hour. California must step up and provide its citizens with an environment where both workers and businesses can thrive. #PassSB62 @GavinNewsom @JenSiebelNewsom #GarmentWorkerProtectionAct
  • Normalize minimum wage in CA. Normalize worker safety in CA. Normalize brand accountability in CA. @GavinNewsom + @JenSiebelNewsom #PassSB62 #GarmentWorkerProtectionAct
  • Wage theft, worker rights, and workplace safety should not be swept under the rug. How can California have a functional economy when taxpayers are forking out BIG $ for a company’s wrongdoings? #PassSB62 @GavinNewsom + @JenSiebelNewsom

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Frequently Used Links:

SB62 The Garment Worker Protection Act Official Website: www.garmentworkeract.org

Petition for Citizens to Show Their General support: tinyurl.com/SupportGWPA

Form for Brands Who Want to Official Endorse GWPA: tinyurl.com/EndorseGWPA

Ask your followers to Sign the petition: http://bit.ly/supportsb62

Encourage more brands to sign on as endorsers for the bill: http://bit.ly/endorsesb62

FAQs About the Garment Worker Protection Act

Is the Garment Worker Protection Act only relevant to California?

No. The Garment Worker Protection Act (SB62) could set an important legal precedent that brands are jointly liable for the pay and wages workers receive in contract factories.

Are people outside of California able to support the bill? What about outside the United States?

Yes. People outside of California, including residents of other nations, are encouraged to sign the petition at Tinyurl.com/SupportGWPA and to share information about the importance of this bill.

How does SB62 make fashion more ethical?

SB 62 is a landmark step towards ending our modern sweatshop regime. It will hold brands accountable to garment workers in the eyes of the law. It will also help re-establish the United States as an epicenter of ethical manufacturing.  

How will the Garment Worker Protection Act benefit Made in the USA and Made in LA labeling?

In Los Angeles, the largest apparel production hub in the United States, sweatshop conditions are pervasive with wages far below the minimum wage persist in many factories sewing clothes for small and large brands. The Garment Worker Protection Act will help protect the integrity of the Made in USA and Made in LA brands by ensuring products made in the United States are in fact ethically made. (Source: Garment Worker Center)

Which brands that source in Los Angeles are responsible for driving down working conditions?

Fashion Nova, Windsor, Forever 21, Harley Davidson, Lulu’s, Urban Outfitters, and Charlotte Russe are among the main drivers of the industry’s exploitative conditions in Los Angeles. They leverage their high volume purchases to demand lower prices from manufacturers and subcontractors in Los Angeles (Source: Garment Worker Center).

Why is the Garment Worker Protection Act focused on California? 

Los Angeles is home to the largest garment manufacturing hub in the US, employing 46,200 garment workers, most of whom are immigrant women from Mexico and Central America. Cut-and-sew garment manufacturing is the second largest manufacturing sector and second largest creative economy in Los Angeles. (Source: Garment Worker Center).

FAQs about Wages / Covid-19 on LA Garment Workers

  • Garment workers in Los Angeles work a 57.4 hour work week and are only paid on average $334 a week, with no compensation for meals and rest breaks or overtime. (Source: Garment Worker Center)
  • The average hourly pay for garment workers in Los Angeles is $5.85, far below the LA minimum wage of $15 per hour for workplaces with 26 or more employees. (Source: Garment Worker Center)
  • According to wage theft claims, some garment workers in L.A. are earning as little as $2.68 an hour through the piece rate system of pay. (Source: Garment Worker Center)
  • A 2010 UCLA Labor Center study found that 88% of low wage workers in Los Angeles experience wage theft. Wage theft occurs when workers do not receive their legally or contractually agreed-upon wages despite putting in the hours and work required.  (Source: Garment Worker Center)
  • The average wages stolen weekly from a garment worker in Los Angeles is $601.90. (Source: Garment Worker Center)
  • Of 219 Los Angeles garment workers surveyed during the pandemic, nearly half have lost their jobs. (Source: Garment Worker Center)
  • Of Los Angeles garment workers surveyed during the pandemic, 89% of respondents expressed worry about where their next meal would come from while 93% expressed worry about how they would pay rent. (Source: Garment Worker Center)
  • During the pandemic, already low piece rates paid to garment workers in Los Angeles are decreasing. In addition, many garment workers lack a social safety net and paid sick leave is not provided.  (Source: Garment Worker Center)
  • During the pandemic, work stations at garment factories are not sanitized between shifts or users, and the bathrooms lack hand soap. Garment workers are often not given the time to wash their hands. (Source: Garment Worker Center)
  • According to a Garment Worker Center analysis of data collected by the L.A. County Department of Health, as of December 8, 2020, at least 546 employees of garment manufacturing businesses in Los Angeles have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

Quotes & Testimonials

“My family has struggled so much through this pandemic. We’ve had to borrow money. Even though I know it is not safe, I don’t really have a choice but to take this risk [and go to work in the factory].” – Maria, garment worker in Los Angeles and mother of three who worked through the pandemic

“When we are paid by the piece, we only make $200 a week. We make almost nothing. What we want is for the law to change. And at the least for them to pay us an hourly wage.” – Virgilda, a garment worker in Los Angeles with 19 years of experience

“What I want is for all the workers, above all, to earn what is fair. What is real. The brands hold a lot of responsibility.” – Fernando, a garment worker in Los Angeles with 27 years of experience

“Covid has brought to light what was hidden under the seam [in fashion]: Bad wages. Most factories closed. We were left without work. There were times I’d get depressed… You kill yourself working, and working. You leave very tired, very tired, to get home and take care of your children. It’s very exhausting. Our struggle is for brand companies to take into consideration that the worker making their garments isn’t earning enough to pay rent.” – Anna, a garment worker and organizer in Los Angeles

“We are The People. The Workers. We have rights, and those who persevere, accomplish. “ – Anna, a garment worker organizer in Los Angeles

“I have worked for companies like Ross, Fashion Nova, Forever 21, and Charlotte Russe. We no longer want to be paid by the piece. We want to be paid by the hour, so that we no longer have to be the victims of stolen wages. These name brands should be responsible for paying us a little more.” – Teresa, a garment worker and organizer in Los Angeles

Business Testimonials

Maggie Q, Qeep Up

  • “I am the founder of a sustainable activewear company that’s produced in LA, manufactured in LA, cut and sewn in LA and produced ethically in the state. I don’t believe that the 5th largest economy in the [world] should be a state that doesn’t care about its workers, a state that’s able to run it’s economy on… very skilled workers […] For them to not be paid properly for what they produce, for taxpayers to have to insert their own participation in what it is corporations should be doing, is absolutely ridiculous.”

Kristine Fanarakis, Senza Tempo

  • “We live in a world where a t-shirt costs as much as a cup of coffee, even when it’s made in the US. And you don’t have to be a finance person to realize that that math simply doesn’t add up.”

You, Your Brand

  • Add your own testimony about why SB62 is needed and share it!

Elected Officials Testimonials

Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Co-Author of the Garment Worker Protection Act:

  • “Our economy loses millions to wage theft. Enough is enough. We have to also level the playing field between those unscrupulous employers to the good businesses that do well and live up to a high ethic. So SB62 is our bill. We’re going to strengthen the safeguards for wages and garment worker professionals, and we’re going to help this ethical fashion industry to thrive.”

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Co-Author of the Garment Worker Protection Act

  • “It’s so inspiring when you have a worker-led movement. [Workers] are standing up for their own rights, and they need the protections of a law that will make it easier. They are the ones doing the fighting and leading, and we are following along and trying to make a space by which we can hold these companies accountable and get  workers paid what they deserve.”

Additional Social Media Tags

When sharing about supporting the bill, it’s very important to tag elected officials and use the appropriate hashtags. The hashtags remain the same across all platforms, but see accounts below for the specific accounts of electeds:

Hashtags: Always use at least these top 3 hashtags:

ENGLISH HASHTAGS SPANISH HASHTAGS
#GarmentWorkerProtectionAct

#SB62

#GWPA

#Payup
#Payher

#OneLegalWage

#MinimumWageNow

#EssentialWorkers

#EssentialProtections

#Paguenos

#UnSueldoLegal

#TrabajadoresEsenciales

#ProteccionesEsenciales

 

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