The FABRIC Act
The FABRIC Act (S.4213), introduced by US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, is a federal bill that introduced in Congress that proposes major new workplace protections and manufacturing incentives to cement the US as the global leader in responsible apparel production. Here are the 5 Key Provisions of the FABRIC Act of 2022: - The **establishment of a nationwide garment industry registry** through the Department of Labor to promote transparency, hold bad actors accountable, and level the playing field. - New requirements which **hold fashion brands and retailers alongside manufacturing partners jointly accountable for workplace wage violations** to incentivize responsible production, starting at the top. - **Setting hourly pay in the garment industry and eliminating piece rate pay** until the minimum wage is met to ensure jobs with dignity. Productivity incentives on top remain protected. To incentivize domestic manufacturing, the bill introduces: - The **establishment of a $40 million Domestic Garment Manufacturing Support Program** to supply grants to manufacturers for equipment costs, safety improvements, and training and workforce development. Nonprofits focused on manufacturing workplace development may apply as well. - A **30 % reshoring tax credit for garment manufacturers who move manufacturing operations to the US**. This credit will be applicable to costs associated with reshoring production.
Remake, along with Garment Workers Center and Workers United, helped to develop the FABRIC Act's worker rights provisions alongside Senator Gillibrand and her staff. Remake is also helping to gather Endorsements, garner press attention and educate the public about this important bill.
9/20/22 - Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) join the FABRIC Act as Cosponsors. Endorsements now top over 160 companies, civil society groups, media and educators. 5/18/22 - The FABRIC Act has picked up three initial Cosponsors: Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Corey Booker (D-NJ).
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The FABRIC Act: What It Is & Why It Matters
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Will Introduce the First Federal Fashion Bill; the FABRIC Act Seeks to End Wage Theft