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Did you know NCL began as an organization of women devoted to workers’ rights?
In 1908, NCL’s Florence Kelley and Josephine Goldmark mobilized and aided then-lawyer Louis Brandeis, arguing before the Supreme Court in defense of a state’s right to restrict a woman’s working hours. The case spawned the iconic “Brandeis Brief,” the first of the influential legal arguments based in societal evidence. Brandeis was triumphant; after Muller, states were permitted to regulate work hours, and future Brandeis Briefs would continue to change the course of American legal and social history.
There.s no place where globalization and fair labor issues are more visible than in retail. U.S. corporations are increasingly going far a field to manufacture their products. Adding to the concerns about the overseas workers who make the products sold in the United States are concerns for the U.S. workers who sell them. What should our expectations be of retailers when it comes to being a good global citizen, local employer, and neighbor?