Penn Students Against Sweatshops

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A group of students calling themselves Penn Students Against Sweatshops occupied the College Hall reception room of President Judith Rodin for nine days—and nights—last month. Saying that the University should monitor labor conditions more closely in factories producing its apparel, the students demanded that Penn leave the Fair Labor Association —a sweatshop-monitoring organization that they say is ineffective—and join the Worker Rights Consortium, which they believe to be more effective. On Feb. 14, Rodin agreed to pull out of the FLA while a University committee (which included three PSAS members) continued evaluating the organizations. The committee’s recommendations were due by Feb. 29.

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