WASHINGTON — Rep. George Miller (D., Calif.), an outspoken critic of the apparel industry record on worker safety in foreign factories, most recently in Bangladesh, said Monday he will not seek reelection this fall after spending 40 years in the House advocating for labor rights around the globe.
Miller, 68, has chaired three committees in the House and is currently the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. While he wrote and sponsored major legislation affecting labor and health policy as well as the education system in the U.S. during his tenure, Miller was best known to the fashion industry as a staunch advocate of garment workers in Bangladesh and a critic of the fashion industry’s supply chain practices in the wake of two factory tragedies that claimed the lives of more than 1,240 workers in the past 14 months.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"