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Students Push Russell Athletic To Rehire Unionized Workers
Published November 18, 2009
|Schools Revisiting Russell Contract After
Company Rehires Honduran Workers
STUDENT ACTION: In Madison, Todd Finkelmeyer reported the Univ. of Wisconsin’s Labor Licensing Policy Committee Friday voted to recommend that Chancellor Biddy Martin “start taking steps to end the university’s apparel contract with Nike, Inc. due to alleged labor rights abuses at two of the company’s factories.” The recommendation comes after two Nike factories that produce collegiate apparel in Honduras were “shuttered early in 2009 without paying legally mandated severance and back pay to some 1,800 workers.” The committee’s vote -- which “came under the urging of the Student Labor Action Coalition -- is strictly advisory” (Wisconsin State JournaL, 11/17).