The Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act



Multinational corporations have demanded and won all sorts of laws in the global economy—intellectual property and copyright laws—backed up by sanctions to defend their corporate trademarks and products, while there are no similar laws to protect the rights of the human being who made the product.  Indeed, corporations claim that extending similar legal protections to those currently afforded to products to defend the rights of human beings “would be an impediment to free trade.” So, as things stand now in the global economy, the corporate trademark is protected, but not the rights of the worker.

Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act was originally written by the National Labor Committee with the help of Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and the United Steelworkers of America. In June 2006 the bill was introduced into the Senate by Senator Dorgan and into the House by Rep. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. The House bill, HR 5635 (109th Congress) was co-sponsored by 60 other members and the Senate bill, S 3485, was co-sponsored by Sen. Byrd (D-WV), Sen. Feingold (D-WI), Sen Menendez (D-NJ), Sne Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Rockefeller (D-WV) Both the House version and Senate versions died in the Committees.

The bill was re-introduced in 2007 (110th Congress). The House version, HR 1992, was sponsored by Representative Michael Michaud (D-ME) and co-sponsored by 174 House Representatives. The Senate version, S 367, was introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and co-sponsored by 25 Senators. Both House and Senate bills died in Committees. 


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