Going Beyond City Limits?

Municipalities are exercising their clout on social issues--and business is balking

On June 1, the city of San Francisco began requiring companies with which it does business to offer benefits to domestic partners of employees. At a June 21 meeting of the Conference of Mayors, Mayor Edward J. Boyle of North Olmstead, Ohio, exhorted his fellow leaders to pass a resolution, adopted in February by his Cleveland suburb, that would ban cities from buying goods or services made with child labor or under sweatshop conditions. And starting on July 1, city contractors in New Haven must pay workers $7.43 an hour--$2.68 more than the federal minimum wage.

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