Notre Dame ReSources

Author: Dennis Brown

*Notre Dame ReSources
April 13-19, 1997

Notre Dame faculty are available for additional comment on these people and events in the news this week:*

Sweatshops: The Clinton administration’s proposed code of conduct to improve working conditions in the apparel industry must give independent monitors the “power to publish,” says Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C. , associate professor of management and director of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business. “The devil is in the details,” he says. “If these codes are going to work, the monitors must have the power to publish their reports in the press. That’s how you get the information to the consumers.” Williams added that it isn’t enough for U.S. firms operating factories in foreign countries to pay the minimum wage in each nation. “Catholic social thought has always said you ought to pay a living wage,” he says. “The minimum wage in some places is just too low. When workers are starving because they can’t make enough money, how can you say that the market should set the wage? That’s carrying laissez-faire capitalism too far.” (219) 631-6373 p.

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