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Resource ID: #15721
Subject: Labor
Source: American Prospect
Date: 1999-10-01


The American Prospect reports the "the anti-sweatshop movement is the largest wave of student activism to hit campuses since students rallied to free Nelson Mandela by calling for a halt to university investments in South Africa more than a decade ago...The target of this renewed activism is the $2.5 billion collegiate licensing industry--led by major companies like Nike, Gear, Champion, and Fruit of the Loom - which pays colleges and university sizable royalties in exchange for the right to use the campus logo on caps, sweatshirts, jackets, and other items. Students are demanding that the workers who make these goods be paid a living wage, no matter where in the world industry operates. Students are also calling for an end to discrimination against women workers, public disclosure of the names and addresses of all factories involved in production, and independent monitoring in order to verify compliance."

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