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February 1, 2014IM -
A The New York Times article uncovered numerous labor abuses at the hands of overseas suppliers to the US government. According to its investigation, Uncle Sam purchases around $1.5 million in clothing from factories exploiting workers with little regard for working conditions. The purchased uniforms are resold to federal workers.
Among the companies was Missouri-based Propper International, which has a $30 million contract with the General Services Administration. Several of its Dominican Republic and Haiti based suppliers are paid unlivable wages. For years the company skirted Puerto Rican labor laws that would have granted 12 paid sick days and 15 days paid vacation by firing and rehiring workers. When workers earning just $5.85 per hour fought back, the company moved its production to the Dominican Republic where it could pay them $5 per hour less. Workers at the company’s Haiti factory, who work forced and unpaid overtime, earn at most $.72 per hour.