Girl Scouts uniform outsourcing

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pmorehou
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Hello all,

I've just watched a report on the NBC Nightly News (10/29 @ 6:30pm EDT), wherein it was revealed that the Girl Scouts of America is considering switching the purchase of their uniforms from a company in New Jersey to a company in China.

I am outraged by this, and you should be, too. ...The Girl Scouts of America, buying their uniforms from China? Is this a joke? What are they teaching our young ladies about economics? If we allow this to happen, we are, quite literally training the next generation of career Wal-Mart greeters.

I have sent the following e-mail to the Girl Scouts via their web page e-mail submission form (http://www.girlscouts.org/contact/email.asp). I encourage all of you to send a similar e-mail.

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

I am very distressed by a report I just watched on NBC Nightly News: There is a possibility that The Girl Scouts will stop buying uniforms from an American Company, and switch to a Chinese supplier.

 

Please know that, if The Girl Scouts choose to go ahead with this action, I will never buy Girl Scout cookies again.

 

Additionally, I am posting this information on several blogs tonight, and am hopeful that others will follow my lead, in support of American workers.

 

I am also hopeful that The Girl Scouts will reconsider this proposed change, and do what's right for the American worker, making a boycott unnecessary.

 

Regards,

Pat

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pmorehou
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Thanks to everyone who

Thanks to everyone who contacted The Girl Scouts. We've gotten results:

"For the first time in nearly a decade, Girl Scouts of the USA is
putting the manufacture of its uniforms out to competitive bid. News of
this led to reports that the uniforms might soon be manufactured
overseas, and over the last few days, Girl Scouts of the USA has been
contacted by parents, members, and volunteers urging us to make sure
that the iconic Girl Scout uniform continues to be made in the USA.  We
have taken their concerns into consideration, and have altered our
request for proposal to require that Girl Scout uniforms be manufactured
in the United States.

No decision has been made regarding which supplier we'll use when our
current contract expires.  Our vendor review process continues, with the
new requirement, in order to provide our customers with the best
quality, value, and service.  As always, we also require that vendors
agree to adhere to strict guidelines as to worker age, treatment, and
safety.

We thank the many Girl Scout parents and volunteers who stood up for
their beliefs and showed our 2.4 million girls that every voice makes a
difference.  They are the role models who help build girls of courage,
confidence, and character who make the world a better place."

Thanks again!!!