CU students on hunger strike over licensed apparel makers
BOULDER ” Nine University of Colorado students entered the sixth day of a hunger strike Tuesday demanding more protection for factory workers who make licensed university apparel.
The students want the university to agree to the Designated Supplier Program, which would require CU to get licensed clothing from factories where collective bargaining is permitted.
The students began the hunger strike Thursday. Two others joined them Friday.
University administrators said they were considering the demands but are concerned the Designated Supplier Program could violate antitrust laws and inadvertently cause factory workers to lose jobs.
Vice Chancellor Paul Tabolt said he expects to make a recommendation on the program to Chancellor Phil DiStefano as early as this week, after Talbot gets an opinion from an advisory committee.
Tabolt said he has encouraged the students to resume eating or at least get medical attention.
Virgina Cutshall, one of the hunger strikers, said they are drinking water mixed with lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper to stay hydrated.
She said they were still attending classes and wearing T-shirts that say “On Hunger Strike” in red letters.
CU is affiliated with the Fair Labor Association and the Worker Rights Consortium, which administrators say monitors overseas factories to ensure that workers who produce licensed apparel are treated fairly and work in a safe environment.
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