April 10, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Julie Elkins, spokesperson for the President's Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility out of the University of Connecticut, will discuss, "Labor Rights," on Thursday, April 10, at 5 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center. [Note change in time and location.]

The University of Connecticut, along with several other universities across the country, founded the Workers' Rights Consortium to secure safety and appropriate remuneration for laborers.

Designated Suppliers Program
Elkins helped to draft the Designated Suppliers Program which asks universities to demand that logo apparel be manufactured in factories that comply with its clauses. These include, among many others, the right to a fair, living wage, which is often much higher than minimum wages of the country; a safe working environment, in which the employees are not subjected to toxins or forced into unpaid overtime; and the freedom to form a workers' union without prosecution.

The talk, which is free to the public, is part of the weeklong Human Rights Awareness Tour, which continues April 10 with an exhibit of still photography and art at the Bertrand Library and touring artists performing on the uphill lawn of the Elaine Langone Center.

The tour concludes with a No Sweat Fashion Show, Friday, April 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Bison of the Elaine Langone Center. The No Sweat Fashion Show will feature student models, acoustic music, and a presentation on sweatshops by fashion show coordinator Catherine Dagon. Information on sweatshop-free companies and organizations will be available.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted April 10, 2008


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