President McCormick’s response to actions by Rutger USAS

This is the Letter President McCormick sent to Nike due to action by Rutgers USAS.  We need to stress the immediate need to stress to McCormick the need to act quickly.

February 24, 2010

Ms. Amanda Tucker

Director, Assessments & Remediation

Nike, Inc.

One SW Bowerman Drive, BLDG: MS1

Beaverton, OR 97005-6453

Dear Ms. Tucker:

I recently received a letter from one of our student groups, Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops, expressing concern over the January 2009 closing of two Honduran factories, Huggar and Vision Tex, both of which made Nike products.  I understand that these two factories received their orders through several Nike subcontractors and that Nike did not own the factories.  According to a report from the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), of which Rutgers is a member institution, the workers in both factories were not paid their legally mandated severance payments, and the owners of the factories will not be making the payments to the workers.

The WRC, in its October 2009 report, recommended that you encourage your contractors New Holland Lingerie, Anvil Knitwear, and Haddad Apparel, which sourced the products in the factories to develop an acceptable arrangement to provide the funds to the former factory workers.  The Rutgers administration would like to know if you plan to follow the recommendation of the WRC or if you will be developing an alternate plan.

Rutgers recognizes the central role Nike has played in furthering labor rights in developing countries, not least in your capacity as one of the founding members of the Fair Labor Association.  WE therefore fully expect you to help bring this situation to a satisfactory resolution.

Sincerely yours,

Richard L. McCormick

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