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St. Louis County Considers Anti-Sweatshop Bill

Allison Blood, KMOX News
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St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and councilmen Steve Stenger and Mike O'Mara during a council meeting on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and councilmen Steve Stenger and Mike O’Mara during a council meeting on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - The St. Louis County Council is considering a bill that would prohibit the county from buying its employees apparel that was made in sweatshops.

Bill sponsor Tim Dolan says it’s about setting an ethical standard from the county. He says though he would like everything the county buys to be made in America, this bill only requires that garments not be made in sweat shops. It doesn’t apply to electronics or office supplies.

If a department fails to comply with those standards, whomever executed the contract wouldn’t be allowed to contract for a year.

Dolan says he doesn’t know of any county uniforms that are currently made in sweatshops, but says this would put a necessary check in place. He also says he doesn’t think fairly made goods will cost much more than what the county pays now. Though Dolan sponsored the bill, it got first round approval with no objections.

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