Though it hasn’t received much play, it looks like that campus left which everyone loves to hate may have accomplished more than holding a sit-in or talking to the Chancellor.
The article in The Cap Times seemed to miss the boat a bit, but they at least got the gist.
Using a series of pressure tactics, an anti-sweatshop coalition of students from across the country on Nov. 17 succeeded in persuading Russell Athletic, one of the nation’s leading sportswear companies, to rehire 1,200 workers in Honduras who had lost their jobs when Russell shuttered its factory shortly after workers unionized.
Remember that UW dropped its apparel contract with Russell back in February for these very reasons. While I don’t doubt student activism played some role in all of this, I’m sure it wasn’t the students that persuaded Russell overall, it was their bottom line. And Russell’s bottom line was only affected because, as the NYT noted, this was a “nationwide campaign against the company.” Dozens of large Universities took actions similar to our administrations.
Most relevant sources seem to be framing this as a landmark event in workers rights, which is why I am so confused that this hasn’t been receiving more coverage around Madison. But, this also presents a certain template proven to work for organizations interested in these kind of issues.
How have we not heard more about this from SLAC and their allies?