St. Louis County adopts anti-sweatshop measure
CLAYTON • The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday passed legislation that prohibits county government from buying any apparel manufactured under sweatshop conditions.
The bill applies to any uniforms, shoes, garments and accessories purchased for county employees.
The legislation, introduced by Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, passed 5 to 1 at Tuesday’s regular council meeting in Clayton with Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, casting the dissenting vote.
Quinn said he opposed the bill because he felt it was impractical and unenforceable.
“The ordinance is very vague,” said Quinn, who is an attorney. “And it defines a sweatshop in a way that most people wouldn’t define it. For instance, it cites failure to pay time-and-a-half for overtime as constituting a sweatshop. But would that be overtime as defined by U.S. law or overtime rules in the country where the item was manufactured?”
Queue LULAC opposition in three, two, one…
Then pull back LULAC’s curtain to see the cheap labor lobby.