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Universities Ending Licensing Deals with Apparel Maker Due to Labor Issues


March 3, 2009

As reported by the New York Times, the University of Michigan recently announced that it was ending its apparel licensing agreement with the Russell Corporation due to that company’s decision to close a unionized factory in Honduras.  Various monitoring groups, one of which was sponsored by a group of 185 universities, had condemned the closing, finding that it had been motivated in part by union animus.  University officials stated that Russell’s actions violated its code of conduct, which called on licensees to respect workers’ basic rights.  The University of Michigan joins eleven other universities that took similar action with respect to their licensing agreements with Russell.


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