From: The Honorable Keith Ellison
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Date: 2/13/2017

Supporting Organizations: Witness for Peace, the Washington Office on Latin America, United Steelworkers, and International Labor Rights Forum

Dear Colleagues,

I invite you to join me as an original cosponsor of a resolution calling for February 14th to also be recognized as International Flower Workers’ Day.

Although the flowers we buy for our loved ones on Valentine’s Day look beautiful, flower workers in Colombia and around the world struggle under terrible working conditions. Reports of extremely low pay, long hours, and systemic labor abuses are far too
common. A full 2/3 of flower workers have health problems due to exposure to pesticides and toxins, many of which are prohibited in the US. During the high season, which stretches from Valentine’s Day to Mother’s day, many workers have to endure 12-22 hour
shifts, six days a week.

In addition to supporting the designation of International Flower Workers’ Day, the resolution supports the elimination of exploitative labor practices and encourages the development and implementation of a revised plan to uphold and fulfill the strong labor
commitments made under the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.

By acknowledging these workers and the hardships they face, the House of Representatives would demonstrate the United States’ commitment to practices that respect labor rights abroad.

For more information or to cosponsor this resolution, please contact Brieana Marticorena in my office at or at 5-4755.



Keith Ellison

Member of Congress