City of Milwaukee Code of Ordinances 310-17 provides that all commodities purchased by the City of Milwaukee are purchased from contractors who:
- Comply with all applicable local, state, and national laws,
- Comply with the principles of the fundamental conventions of the International Labor Organization regarding forced labor, child labor and freedom of association,
- Provide a safe workplace for their employees,
- Provide a healthy workplace for their employees,
- Are non-discriminatory in the work environment,
- Compensate their employees with non-poverty wages,
- Do not violate workers’ rights,
- Terminate employees only with just cause, and
- Provide a mechanism for the resolution of workplace disputes that are not regulated by the National Labor Relations Act.
These guidelines apply regardless of whether the commodity is manufactured within or outside of the United States of America.
The City Clerk calculates the hourly non-poverty wage amount annually each March 1st.
Bidders are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the ordinance prior to submitting a bid. Bidders are also urged to make all subcontractors aware of this ordinance and encourage any and all subcontractors to comply with it as well.
Bidders must submit a completed Affidavit of Compliance with their bid to be considered for an award. Updated Affidavits and/or additional information regarding the information provided on the Affidavit may be requested by the Purchasing Division at any time during the term of the contract. In addition, an updated Affidavit may be requested if the contract is amended.
If contractor is found to be in violation of City of Milwaukee Ordinance 310-17, the contractor may be subject to any of the following sanctions imposed by the City:
- Withholding of payments.
- Termination, suspension or cancellation of the contract in whole or in part.
- After a due process hearing, denial of the right of the contractor to bid on future City contracts, by himself or herself, partner or agent, or by any corporation of which he or she is a member, for a period of one year after the first violation is found and for a period of 3 years after a second violation is found.