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Reinforcing the Seams: Guaranteeing the Promise of California’s Landmark Anti-Sweatshop Law - An Evaluation of Assembly Bill 633 Six Years Later

When California’s Assembly Bill 633 (AB 633) was signed into law in September 1999, it held much promise as the strongest anti-sweatshop bill in the nation. AB 633’s enactment signaled an historic consensus—among the state’s legislators, industry leaders, and labor advocates — that something had to be done about horrendous labor abuses in the garment industry, and that those who profit most from sweatshops should be held responsible for eliminating them. 
 
This report was designed by the Garment Workers Collaborative: five California-based organizations that have worked together over the past decade by combining legal advocacy, worker organizing, and policy advocacy to achieve racial and economic justice for California’s immigrant garment workers. The Garment Workers Collaborative is comprised of the Asian Law Caucus (ALC), the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), the Garment Worker Center (GWC), Sweatshop Watch, and the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic of Golden Gate University School of Law (WERC). 
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