This is an urgent message from Rutgers USAS member Anna Barcy, who is sitting in at the President’s Office RIGHT NOW with 21 other students, demanding the University finally disaffiliate from the FLA.
Right now I’m sitting in at our administration building because for two years our President has refused to listen to students and take a stand against the corporate-run Fair Labor Association (FLA), a corrupt factory monitoring group that whitewashes worker abuse by big brands like Nike. We are sick of being ignored while workers suffer at the hands of the FLA, and we are here until President McCormick does the right thing and finally agrees to disaffiliate from the FLA.
Take Action Now! Email President McCormick now and call him at (848) 932-7454. Tell him to use his final days as Rutgers President to stop the corporate cover-up of sweatshop abuse by dropping the FLA.
One year ago today, we occupied President McCormick’s office demanding that he take students seriously and stop paying the FLA because of their abysmal track record of covering up abuses and history of hindering progress in the anti-sweatshop movement. Today we’re back because while the President has dragged his feet, the FLA has continued to perpetuate worker abuse. In China, the FLA’s recent recommendations to “fix” horrendous abuses at Apple’s Foxconn factories have led to drastic cuts in workers pay and conditions, driving hundreds of desperate workers back to the rooftops in protest. President McCormick has told us that he wants Rutgers to remain in the FLA to see if they will make “progress” in China but we know they can’t and wont hold corporations accountable when Nike and Apple control the FLA’s Board of Directors.
Tell President McCormick Rutgers should be to holding corporations accountable, not subsidizing their PR schemes. Call him now at (848) 932-7454, and tell him take a stand for worker rights and to stop paying the FLA.
Today is President McCormick’s final day as President and his last chance reverse course and take a stand against corporate sweatshop abuse. With your support we can ensure he respects student voices and demonstrates to his successor and the entire university community that Rutgers will no longer tolerate worker rights abuse.
Want to end sweatshop abuse and help build worker power in the global economy? Join USAS’s Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns Committee!