Nike “Just Do the Right Thing” Worker Tour Media Round-Up

We’ve just wrapped up our our country-wide Nike “Just Do the Right Thing” speaking tour!

IMG_8575Noi Supalai, former union President and Nike factory worker from Thailand, just finished a 28-day speaking tour. Noi stopped at colleges and Universities from New York to Seattle to speak with students, faculty, University administrators, and labor allies about her experience manufacturing collegiate apparel and apparel for Nike. While working at the factory, Noi and her coworkers were refused wages for months, and leaders of her union were detained in a room to prevent them from organizing their fellow coworkers. Nike representatives said they would help, but never showed up to their meetings, and eventually pulled all their orders from the factory. Noi and her coworkers were eventually released and paid the wages they were owed only after intervention from the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC).

Noi doesn’t trust Nike to monitor labor conditions in its supplier factories, and neither should our schools! It’s time our Universities hold Nike accountable and demand the brand #JustDoTheRightThing for its workers. The choice is clear: let independent monitors in or be forced off our campuses.

Read more about the tour below:

The Pylon: Letter to the Editor: Not Quite a Global University Yet – Virginia Tech Complicit in Nike’s Labor Violations, 4/14/16

JCOnline: Purdue Student Group Rallies for Workers Rights, 4/14/16

The Huntington News: Letter: NU Should Stop its Support of Sweatshops, 4/14/16

The Villanovan: University Discussion Highlights Nike Sweatshop Labor Concerns, 4/12/16

The Daily: Former Nike Garment Worker Reveals Secrets to UW Audience, 4/7/16

The Daily Texan: Noi Supalai’s Nike Worker Tour, 4/6/16

The Daily Texan: Students Host Former Nike Worker to Raise Awareness for Inhumane Sweatshops, 4/6/16IMG_8870

The DePaulia: United Students Against Sweatshops Stand Against Nike, Which Contracts with DePaul, 4/4/16

The Tab: Former Nike Garment Worker Speaks Out at Purdue, 4/2/16

Forbes: College Campus Protests Include United Students Against Sweatshops, 3/31/16

Lafayette Journal and Courier: Purdue Students Fight Nike Contract, 3/31/16

New Brunswick Today: Nike Factory Worker Visits Rutgers to Describe Unfair Labor Practices, 3/31/16

The Michigan Daily: Former Nike Factory Worker Urges Students to Take Action Against Company, 3/29/16

The Hoya: Nike Garment Worker Speaks out for Fair Wages, 3/22/16

The Collegian: Former Nike Factory Worker Shares StorIMG_8780y of Abusive Working Conditions, 3/22/16

WSLS: Virgina Tech Students Call for Dismissal of Nike Contract, 3/17/16

WSLS 10: Student Group at Virginia Tech Demanding Action in Relationship to Nike, 3/16/2016

Huffington Post: Watchdog Group Kept out of Nike’s Supplier Factory After Worker Strike, 3/3/2016

The Scarlet and Black: Students Protest Nike Labor Practices, 3/11/16

Georgetown Voice: In Foul Trouble: Unlacing Georgetown’s Relationship with Nike, 2/29/16

UW Daily: Guest Editorial: United Students Against Sweatshops Take on Corporate Giant, 2/3/16

The Daily Targum: Rutgers Students Against Sweatshops March to Old Queens, 2/2/16

UW Daily: United Students Against Sweatshops Take on Nike, 12/1/15 IMG_8751

Collegiate Times: Letter to the Editor: Students Confront President Sands About Nike Sweatshops, 11/21/15

Georgetown Hoya: Athletes, Advocates Pen Anti-Nike Letter, 11/20/15

Cornell Sun: COLA Contests Cornell’s Business Ties, 11/20/15