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Bloomington Human Rights Commission Launches New Fair Labor Initiative

Fair Labor Practice Decal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 12, 2014


For additional information, please contact:

Barbara McKinney, Director, City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission, 349.3429,

mckinneb@bloomington.in.gov


Bloomington Human Rights Commission Launches New Fair Labor Initiative


Bloomington, Ind. - The City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission (BHRC) recently launched the Fair Labor Initiative, a new program to encourage fair labor practices in Bloomington eating establishments. A brief ceremony was held Monday, Dec. 8, at City Hall. Representatives of local restaurants, BHRC members and Indiana University (IU) students of professor Stepanka Korytova's class were present.


The IU students assisted the Commission in recruiting an initial group of restaurants to sign on to the Initiative. Managers of these restaurants have signed a Compliance Agreement affirming their fair labor practices and were awarded specially-created decals to post in the windows of their establishments. The Fair Labor Practice decals are round with a yellow background and feature a knife, fork and spoon graphic, along with the words, "This establishment affirms its compliance with fair labor practices."


The participating restaurants have voluntarily pledged that they comply with the following requirements:


The Commission anticipates that potential customers who care about the working conditions of those who staff local eateries will be attracted to establishments displaying the decals and will more likely patronize those eateries.


Another planned component of the Fair Labor Initiative program will offer free resources to interested restaurant owners, managers and staff to help inform them of all applicable fair labor practice requirements.


In June 2014, an initial attempt was made to contact all eating establishments within the Bloomington city limits by letter to seek suggestions for designing this program. A second letter will be sent the week of Dec. 8 - 12, updating local eateries on the status of the program and inviting all who wish to join. Establishments already participating in the program include Anyetsang's Little Tibet, Taste of India, IU Art Museum - Angles Café, The Runcible Spoon, Lennie's Restaurant, Bloomington Brewing Company, Pourhouse Café, Soma Kirkwood, Soma East, The Village Deli and Laughing Planet Cafe.


For more information, to sign on to the Fair Labor Initiative or to request resources regarding applicable fair labor requirements, please contact BHRC Chair Byron Bangert at bcbangert@gmail.com or BHRC Director Barbara McKinney at 349.3429 or mckinneb@bloomington.in.gov.

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