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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hire American Buy American Post 2

We have all seen how American jobs have gone overseas and to places like Mexico ever since we started putting trade agreements in place.  Now, it is time to alter those trade agreements.

First of all, every item imported into the United States should have an easy to find label that states the country or countries where they were made and have a picture of that country’s flag so we can better identify it.

Anything proclaiming to be made in the USA must have a declaration listing any parts that were not made 100% in the USA. 

We also need what I call the International Minimum Wage.  This is how that would work.  If our minimum wage is $7.25 per hour for a 40-hour week then, we should require that all persons in the chain of making a product which is imported into the USA must make the equivalent of $7.25 per hour based upon a basket of goods.  Let’s say that $7.25 buys five pounds of rice and five pounds of flour in the USA.  If someone in Bangladesh is making products that are being imported into the USA, they must make whatever wage per hour it would take to buy five pounds of rice and five pounds of flour there.

We should also require that any company that exports goods to the USA maintain fair working conditions: an eight-hour or less workday, with breaks for lunch, and two other breaks of 15 minutes throughout the day without the fear of losing their jobs. 

Clean, well ventilated, heated and cooled work areas should be provided for all workers.  These workers should have access to a clean, working restroom at will.  Clean, fresh water should be provided for all workers.

We are importing goods made in sweat shops where people fear losing their jobs if they
take a break to eat or go to the bathroom.

The US government should inspect these facilities constantly.  The company wishing to export goods to the USA should pay the costs involved with this oversight.

We as a people are directly responsible for the terrible working conditions these people put up with. We are also the ones responsible for the collapse of the textile industry here in the United States.   Walmart does not sell much that is made in the USA because people don’t want to pay the extra it costs to make it here in the USA.

We should require that no one involved with exporting anything to the USA must work for less that our minimum wage.  No one should have to work more than a 40-hour week without adequate compensation, such as time and a half for overtime for a shift that goes longer than 8 hours or a work week that goes longer than 40 hours per week.

If we do this, Hire American Buy American will take care of itself.

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