AAFA Urges California Assembly to Oppose Garment Bill
AAFA strongly supports the protection of labor rights for all workers in the apparel and footwear industry. AAFA has a long track record of supporting member companies in conducting appropriate due diligence in their supply chains and supporting efforts to improve working conditions. Although well-intentioned, the bill, as currently written, would, among other things, impose unprecedented joint liability on businesses with no control over garment workers. If this provision becomes law, it would drive garment manufacturing out of California and lead to the loss of jobs in California’s garment manufacturing sector, not because companies don’t want to do the right thing, but because there would be heightened risk of being penalized precisely for doing the right thing.