Students demand NYU take action for Bangladesh factory safety
On Thursday, October 3, ten students from the NYU Student & Labor Action Movement (SLAM) held a die-in outside the University Senate prior to the Senate’s meeting. As the students lay down holding pictures of workers who died in a factory collapse in Bangladesh in April, they had one goal in mind: to insist NYU to take action for workers’ rights now. Over 1100 workers lost their lives when the Rana Plaza building collapsed, and SLAM is currently fighting to make sure something like that does not happen again to the workers who produce the NYU apparel in Bangladesh. To SLAM, the crisis of worker safety in the garment industry has reached a breaking point.
By Daniel Hinton
Two years since the closing of the PT Kizone factory, located in Tangerang, Indonesia, Adidas has settled with garment workers and agreed to pay them legally owed severance packages. The details of the settlement remain confidential. According to a news release, Adidas will provide a substantial sum to the former factory workers, who have agreed to drop their lawsuit filed in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison against the company in Wisconsin state courts.
Adidas, which is licensed to make apparel for NYU, has refused to pay $1.8 million in legally owed severance to 2,800 workers who were laid off at Adidas supplier PT Kizone in Indonesia. Adidas’s refusal to pay severance is a violation of NYU’s code of conduct for licensees, which mandates that companies licensed to produce university apparel follow all labor and environmental laws in countries where their goods are produced. Sign here.
Worker Speak-out: Adidas is All in Sweatshops
Monday, February 4 @ 8pm
Kimmel 406 (location tentative)
Although anti-sweatshop activists have made great strides in the last 15 years, forcing corporations to increase their respect for workers’ rights, much of the collegiate apparel on the market today is still made in sweatshops. Workers from across the globe who make clothing for Adidas will be on tour in the United States this spring to share the message that “Adidas is all in sweatshops” (a play on the company’s slogan).
At NYU, we will be hosting a stop on the tour, at which we will hear from a worker from Honduras and one from Haiti about their struggles for living wages and humane working conditions.
This comes at a time when six universities have already decided to cut their Adidas contract because of the company’s refusal to pay legally owed severance to 2,800 workers in Indonesia who made Adidas apparel.
Join us to learn about how your clothing is made and how workers and students are fighting the global race to the bottom.
READ MORE: http://www.thenation.com/blog/170443/universities-dump-adidas-over-labor-disputes
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SPONSORED BY: Student Labor Action Movement, Radical Film and Lecture Series and Students Creating Radical Change, NYU International Socialist Organization, and community groups United Students Against Sweatshops, SweatFree Communities and the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State
Who is Daniel Straus and why is he on the NYU Law School Board of Trustees even though his company is violating labor law and paying people to intimidate students? We’ll be discussing this tonight at 7 pm in Vanderbilt Hall room 218 with workers, students, National Lawyers Guild President Gideon Oliver and union attorney Ellen Dichner.
The Villager: N.Y.U. trustee’s company did hire goons for demo
BY SAM SPOKONY | A spokesperson for a company owned by Daniel Straus, an N.Y.U. Law School trustee, has now admitted that the company did in fact have “security” attend an anti-Straus demonstration that was led by a student group and the company’s striking union workers.