ACIT Anti-Sweatshop Letter, July 2000

The Letter: Letter to university presidents regarding anti-sweatshop campaigns, drafted July 2000, sent September 25, 2000.
Press Release, September 25, 2000
List of Signatories, September 25, 2000
Signatories Added Later
Response from Scholars Against Sweatshop Labor: (October 22, 2001)
SASL Website
Press coverage of the ACIT letter and responses to it:
Financial Times, October 5, 2000
Chronicle of Higher Education, September 29, 2000
Badger Herald, Univ. of Wisconsin, September 28, 2000
Background documents and links relevant to sweatshops and anti-sweatshops:
Nicholas D. Kristof, "In Praise of the Maligned Sweatshop," New York Times, June 6, 2006. NYT
Nicholas D. Kristof, "Put Your Money Where Their Mouths Are," New York Times, April 3, 2004. NYT
Linda Lim, "Summary of Sweatshop Discussion", Powerpoint Presentation to Global Summer Business Institute, University of Michigan, May 2001.
Steven Greenhouse, "Labor Abuses in El Salvador Are Detailed in Document," New York Times, May 10, 2001.
Tim Vickery, "Who's Watching the Shop Floor?", Christian Science Monitor, May 8, 2001.
Robert D. McTeer, "Have a Nice Day! The American Journey to Better Working Conditions", President's letter and essay, 2000 Annual Report, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
Barbara Shailord, "Bangladesh Sweatshops," New York Times letter, April 29, 2001.
Daniel L. Jacobs, "A Sweatshop Is Better Than Nothing," LA Times, April 25, 2001.
Leslie Kaufman and David Gonzales, "Labor Standards Clash With Global Reality," New York Times, April 24, 2001.
Imran G. Chowdhury, "A Day in the Life of a Sweatshop," New York Times letter 1, April 21, 2001.
Roberta M. Roos, "A Day in the Life of a Sweatshop," New York Times letter 2, April 21, 2001.
Barry Bearak, "Lives Held Cheap in Bangladesh Sweatshops," New York Times, April 15, 2001.
Jonah Goldberg, "Sweatshop Chic," National Review, April 2, 2001.
William J. Clinton, "Statement on action to eliminate sweatshops and abusive child labor practices", January 22, 2001.
George Horwich, "Purdue won't get what it bargains for with sweatshop monitors", letter, Lafayette Journal and Courier, Oct 30, 2000. Text
Katherine Marsh, "Spring Break in Managua" Rolling Stone, Oct 26, 2000.
"Gap and Nike: No Sweat?" BBC program on sweatshops and child labor, Oct 15, 2000. Transcript | Video
Independent University Initiative, Final Report, October 2000; university study (Harvard, Michigan, and others) on labor conditions in 7 countries.
Pilot Project for Licensing Labor Code Implementation, Oct. 3, 2000; study by CLC and Verité for 6 universities of 5 licensees. Report
Sabel, O'Rourke, and Fung, "Ratcheting Labor Standards", May, 2000.
Jagdish Bhagwati, "Nike Wrongfoots the Student Critics" Financial Times, May 2, 2000; Letters.
Thomas Friedman, "Knight Is Right," New York Times, June 20, 2000.
Websites of organizations monitoring labor standards (and their standards where available):
Social Accountability International)
Fair Labor Association
Worker Rights Consortium
University sweatshop sites:
University of Michigan
Company human rights sites:
Other labor rights sites:
Behind the Label
Campaign for Labor Rights
Clean Clothes Campaign
Ethical Trading Initiative
Global Alliance
Global Exchange
International Labour Organisation
International Labor Rights Forum
National Labor Committee
UNITE Stop Sweatshops Campaign
United States Department of Labor, ILAB Reports (including reports on child labor)
United Students Against Sweatshops
Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

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