Mission of the Made in the USA Foundation
The Made in the USA Foundation, a non-profit organization, was created to promote, domestically and internationally, products made in the USA. The mission includes raising awareness and standards around the world concerning fair wages environmental rules, child labor and human rights.
What Organizations Support the Made in the USA Foundation?
The Made in the USA Foundation was formed in 1989 with matching grants from the United Auto Works and the Ford Motor Company. The Foundation is neither pro nor anti-union, just pro jobs. Major donors to the Foundation include: Allen Edmonds, Anchor Hocking, Anheuser Busch, Annin flagmakers, American Apparel, Bed Head Pajamas, Bentley Prince Street, Boyd Lighting, Bunn Coffeemakers, Channel Island Surfboards, Colt’s Manufacturing Co., Competition Headwear, Filson, Ford Motor Co., Glima, Helios Solar, Herman Miller, Infinity Surfboards, Kala Eyewear, Kellex Furniture, Knoll, Letarte Swimwear, Liberty Tabletop, Lifetime Products, Master Lock, Maglite, Milliken & Co., New Era Cap Co., New Jersey Headwear, Nordic Ware, Oreck Vacuum Cleaner Co., Red Wing Shoes, Shinola, Solarworld, Steinway & Sons, Thumprints, Tito’s Vodka, Vermont Flannel, Vitamix, Whirlpool Corp., Whirlpool Foundation, Worksman Bicycles, Zero Motorcycles , Zome-tool , United Auto Workers, United Steelworkers, Communication Workers, Teamsters, Laborers International Union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and many other unions and corporation.
Legislation and Advocacy
The Foundation developed and supported two pieces of federal legislation that have been signed into law, and one California law. The first success was the American Automobile Labeling Act. This law requires that all new cars and trucks have a label affixed to the window that states where the vehicle was assembled, the percentage of U.S. and imported content and where the engine and transmission were made. The Foundation worked for many years on passage of The Country of Origin Labeling Act. This law requires that all grocery stores label fresh fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish, beef, lamb and other meats with their country of origin. In 2015 the Foundation lobbied successfully in California and got the Made in the USA law improved. The Foundation, with the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing, won a major victory against Chinese companies dumping subsidized panels in the United States. The Commerce Department imposed tariffs ranging from 18.3% to 250%, depending on the company, for anti- dumping tariffs, and about 15% in addition for “anti-subsidy duties.
The Foundation has brought many cases in its own name, and supported other lawsuits that were consistent with its mission, and has had many victories in the courts. COOL DOWNS: Country of Origin Labeling Defending Our Whole Nation’s Sovereignty Recently, the Foundation, along with the Ranchers- Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, filed suit against World Trade Organization and others. I n r e s p o n s e , the United States Agriculture Department adopted the Foundation’s proposed rules for meat labeling. KWIKSET: Major Consumer Victory The California Supreme Court, in a landmark decision in a case filed by MUSA’s general counsel against Kwikset Locks, ruled that consumers can file court cases when a manufacturer labels a product as “Made in the USA” and the product is not American- made. California’s highest court ruled: “Simply stated: labels matter. . . .to some consumers places of origin matter. . . . in particular, the ‘Made in U.S.A.’ label matters.”
The Foundation also created the American Crafts Project in 1999. This project assists American designers who have their works copied overseas. This project has won 20 cases against Target, Walmart, K-Mart, Kohls and many other U.S. retailers.
Principles of the Foundation
★ The Foundation supports “fair trade,” as opposed to “free trade.” Fair trade means that workers have the right a decent wage and the right to organize. Manufacturers must meet strict environmental standards, child labor is prohibited, and intellectual property rights (copyrights, trademarks and patents) are protected.
★ The Foundation supports getting tough with China for manipulating its currency, for human rights and labor rights violations, for allowing theft of intellectual property and for other unfair trading practices.
★ The Foundation support s international en-vironmental standards for power plants, steel mills and factories. This will help to clean the air, re-duce global warming and make competition fairer.
★ The Foundation supports a global minimum wage for exporting industries. This will raise wages around the world and prevent companies from continually shopping the globe for cheaper labor.
★ The Foundation supports strict enforcement of the ban on importing products made with child and slave labor.
★ The Foundation opposes outsourcing of government work and services, and for transactions involving medical records, credit card information and social security card numbers. Outsourcing not only destroys jobs in the United States, it prevents injured consumers from suing for invasion of privacy and identity theft.
★ The Foundation supports improved product labeling for all consumer products, drugs and food so that consumers know where these products are made.