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Shouldn’t the American Government Lead by Example? 


The story of Propper International, one of the largest clothing companies in the world, offers some important lessons on the ways the American government, sometimes inadvertently, undermines workers’ ability to make their jobs better globally.

The federal government’s complicity in labor abuses was recently highlighted by The New York Times in a sweeping investigation of working conditions at federal suppliers around the world. The piece was an unusually detailed indictment of the American government’s role in accelerating the race to the bottom for workers...