VICTORY: University of Wisconsin-Madison Takes Steps to Protect Workers in Bangladesh

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For months, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison voiced their outrage over their university’s use of foreign manufacturers in Bangladesh—many with ties to worker safety issues—only to be ignored. When the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced that she was days away from a decision on what to do in the matter, United Students Against Sweatshops decided to step up the pressure and create a MoveOn petition demanding that she take real steps to protect garment workers in Bangladesh. After more than 2,000 people signed the petition, the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced that it will require all of its licensees that source, produce, or purchase goods in Bangladesh, to sign and comply with the Accord of Fire and Building Safety for the production of UW-Madison goods.

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