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LOS ANGELES – Garment workers in Los Angeles this week launched a new campaign to pass laws aimed at protecting them against wage theft. If passed, the Garment Worker Protection Act (SB 62), introduced by Senator Maria Elena Durazo, would see the elimination of the piece rate in the garment industry, the expansion of the liability for unpaid wages to fashion brands and a rebuttable presumption in favour of worker testimony with respect to wage theft.

Earlier this year, the Garment Worker Protection Act died in the state assembly after California lawmakers failed to bring the bill up for a vote in time before this year’s legislative session ended.

The new bill was introduced on the first day for bill submissions for the 2021 legislative season. Garment worker and campaign leader, Santa Puac, said: “I fight for this law for a better salary and to end injustice.”

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