In a demonstration organized by the Student Labor Action Project (SLAP), about a dozen UCSB students removed their clothing and stood behind placards in their underwear last Wednesday, aiming to call attention to alleged sweatshop conditions in factories where the university’s logo-bearing apparel is made. SLAP asks that workers be permitted to organize as unions; that living wages and hours be determined by local experts where the factories are located; and that Chancellor Henry Yang adhere to the United Students Against Sweatshops’ Designated Supplier’s Program, which seven universities nationwide have already adopted. Yang referred SLAP to UC President Robert Dynes, whose office responded with an open letter stating the UC system forbids the use of “forced, convict, or indentured” labor in its contracted factories, and will respond specifically to SLAP’s suggestion after closer examination.
Originally published 12:00 p.m., March 9, 2006
Updated 2:10 p.m., March 16, 2006
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