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Vice President for Student Life responds to student labor group

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Shahriyar Emami, Staff Reporter

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Students for Fair Labor (SFL) is pushing a campaign to make Vive La Fete (VLF), a children’s embroidery company in based in Miami, Florida, accountable for its unjust exploitation of workers in El Salvador.

Amber Chan, a junior majoring in geography and president of SFL, said the VLF has a contract and is a logo licensee of the University, meaning VLF pays the University to use the school’s logo on its clothing.

Chan said VLF owes its workers over $1.2 million.

Twenty SFL members delivered and read a letter of demands to President Stuart R. Bell’s office on Sept. 28.

The demands in the letter included VLF paying its workers the money they are owed, providing health benefits and holding supervisors accountable.

Chan set Oct. 5 as the deadline for when the president’s office should respond.

Vice President for Student Life David L. Grady responded in a letter on Chan’s given deadline.

“We got this [letter] response, but after follow-up, no further communication was made,” Chan said.

Grady’s letter stated that before SFL’s letter was received, the University’s licensing agent, IMG College Licensing, met with VLF to warn them to communicate directly with the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) regarding the issues on workers’ pay.

The Student Government Association (SGA) passed a resolution on Sept. 27 to put Vive La Fete on notice.

According to Grady’s letter, the SGA resolution was shared with VLF.

Grady’s letter also stated that VLF contacted the WRC, and an in-person meeting is scheduled for later this month.

As a member of the WRC and Fair Labor Association (FLA), the University must communicate to licensees the need to fulfill the University’s Code of Conduct when a licensee may not be in compliance, Grady said in the letter.

 

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