senate Bill S5609

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Directs state university trustees to promulgate and enforce a sweat-free code of conduct for the licensing and purchase of apparel at colleges of state university

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  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2010 referred to higher education
May 21, 2009 referred to higher education

S5609 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §361, Ed L; amd §342, Lab L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S975
2013-2014: S3351
2015-2016: S2248
2017-2018: S4334

S5609 - Summary

Directs the state university trustees to promulgate and enforce a sweat-free code of conduct for the licensing and purchase of apparel at colleges and universities of the state university; requires provision in contracts with apparel manufacturers providing for the termination thereof if the manufacturer uses a sweatshop; requires that at least one member of the special task force on the apparel industry be a representative of the state university of New York.

S5609 - Sponsor Memo

S5609 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2009-2010 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 21, 2009

Introduced  by  Sen. HASSELL-THOMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a  sweat-
  free  code of conduct for apparel licensed by the colleges and univer-
  sities of the state  university;  and  to  amend  the  labor  law,  in
  relation to the special task force for the apparel industry


  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
the "ethical business conduct in higher education act".
  S  2.  Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that the state
university of New York has not responded to decades  old  requests  that
its  campuses  disaffiliate their business relationships with sweatshops
in the production and licensing of campus apparel. It is now clear  that
voluntary action by each campus is no longer an option and that the time
has come to require a system-wide set of rules and regulations be put in
place by the chancellor and board of trustees of the state university of
New York.
  For years, lawmakers, religious and labor groups have criticized state
university  campus'  affiliations  with  apparel  manufacturers  who are
indifferent to the fact that  workers  making  university  apparel  face
abusive  treatment,  excessive  working  hours, dangerous conditions and
wages that are inadequate to meet basic needs.
  There continues to be  a  strong  demand  that  all  state  university
campuses  diligently  adopt  sweat-free  standards  in  the  purchase of
athletic apparel and in the licensing of campus  merchandise.  Advocates
on  behalf  of working people deplore the repression and exploitation of
apparel workers in Latin America and elsewhere in the world. The univer-
sities and colleges of the state   university of New York  should  be  a
model  for  ethical  business  conduct,  both for their students and the
broader public. It is past time for the state university system adminis-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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