Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has introduced the Fashioning Accountability and Building Real Institutional Change (FABRIC) Act in support of American garment workers, which has already received widespread industry support.
The bill is a response to the increasingly dangerous working conditions that many Americans face, with the senator stating in a press release that the pandemic has only highlighted these issues further.
Gillibrand visited Ferrara Manufacturing in New York City to launch the bill, outlining efforts to combat wage fraud and domestic reshoring.
The FABRIC Act, according to the Democrat legislator, will protect over 100,000 American textile employees while also helping to revitalize the US clothing industry.
“So we can not only make American, but buy American…”
The act is defined by five pillars, including the reorganization of pay rates and the introduction of pay incentives.
The bill also aims to introduce new liability measures to encourage retailers to “become friends in the fight against labor abuses,” as well as for recordkeeping and transparency requirements and reshoring incentives.
In addition, the act will establish a domestic garment manufacturing program with the goal of revitalizing the industry nationally.
“This measure will thread the needle of protecting workers’ rights by ending abusive pay rates and guaranteeing equitable compensation for garment workers, while also making historic investments in domestic garment manufacturing so we can not only make but also purchase American,” Gillibrand continued.
The FABRIC Act will update the Fair Labor Requirements Act of 1983, which established standards for worker protection in the garment industry.
Since its inception, the updated FABRIC Act has received widespread industry support, including endorsements from a diverse group of designers, organizations, and manufacturers.
Fashion Revolution USA’s policy manager, Nikki Eclarinal, stated in a statement, “We are happy to promote the FABRIC Act.” “The FABRIC Act, as the nation’s first federal fashion bill, is founded on improving the lives of thousands of garment workers, boosting supply chain transparency, and holding businesses accountable for unethical labor practices.”
“By supporting the FABRIC Act, we ensure that people, human rights, and dignity are at the forefront of promoting a more sustainable and transparent future in fashion,” Eclarinal concluded.