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File #: 43987    Version: 1 Name: Recognizing February 14th (Valentine's Day) as International Flower Workers’ Day in the city of Madison and acknowledging workers in flower-producing countries by stating the city’s support to practices that respect labor rights abroad.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/30/2017 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 2/7/2017 Final action: 2/7/2017
Enactment date: 2/10/2017 Enactment #: RES-17-00097
Title: Recognizing February 14th (Valentine's Day) as International Flower Workers’ Day in the city of Madison and acknowledging workers in flower-producing countries by stating the city’s support to practices that respect labor rights abroad.
Sponsors: Samba Baldeh, Paul R. Soglin, Michael E. Verveer, Marsha A. Rummel, David Ahrens, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Sheri Carter, Maurice S. Cheeks, Mark Clear, Denise DeMarb, Sara Eskrich, Tim Gruber, Amanda Hall, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Rebecca Kemble, Steve King, Larry Palm, Matthew J. Phair, Paul E. Skidmore, Zach Wood, Ledell Zellers
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsWatch
2/7/20171 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Not available
1/30/20171 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Not available
Fiscal Note
No appropriation required.
Title
Recognizing February 14th (Valentine's Day) as International Flower Workers’ Day in the city of Madison and acknowledging workers in flower-producing countries by stating the city’s support to practices that respect labor rights abroad.
Body
WHEREAS, Colombia is the second largest exporter of flowers worldwide, with an industry value of 1.3 billion dollars; and,

WHEREAS, 77% of flowers exported from Colombia come to the United States; and,

WHEREAS, international flower workers face daily health risks from contact with pesticides; and,

WHEREAS, three of the pesticides used in close proximity to Colombian flower workers have been labeled extremely toxic and one fourth of the pesticides used around Colombian flower workers are classified as carcinogens which are restricted for use in the U.S.; and,

WHEREAS, pesticides can cause serious health impacts including blood and skin cancer, and repetitive motion work can cause other health conditions; and,

WHEREAS, pregnancy tests and birth control use represent conditions to gain or maintain employment for many female flower workers in Colombia, reportedly due to their proximity to toxic pesticides that cause birth defects and health risks for pregnant women; and,

WHEREAS, flower workers from Valentine’s Day to Mother’s Day work up to 12-22 hours per day, six days a week, while earning pay that does not allow them to rise out of poverty; and,

WHEREAS, workloads or production goals have progressively increased over the years since the beginning of the flower industry in Colombia in the mid-60s; and,

WHEREAS, these workers have been denied their right to collectively organize, bargain and strike; and,

WHEREAS, the labor force of Colombian flower workers is predominately women, one-third of whom are single mothers; and,

WHEREAS, the Labor Action Plan (LAP) was implemented to improve labor conditions for workers in Colombia; and,

WHEREAS, the American Federation of La...

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