senate Bill S3351

2013-2014 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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Jan 08, 2014 referred to higher education
Feb 01, 2013 referred to higher education


S3351 - Details

Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §361, Ed L; amd §342, Lab L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S975A
2009-2010: S5609

S3351 - 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.

S3351 - Sponsor Memo

S3351 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013

  STAVISKY -- 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

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


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