President Lee C. Bollinger last week announced the appointment of a Standing Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights, continuing efforts by the University to address issues relating to the manufacture of apparel and other items licensed to bear the Universitys logos.
Appointment of this standing committee of faculty, staff and students was one of the recommendations of the ad hoc Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights in its report to Bollinger released on Aug. 2.
I have asked Larry Root, director of the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations and professor in the School of Social Work, to chair the committee, and I am delighted that he has agreed to serve, Bollinger said.
Faculty members of the committee, all highly regarded in their respective fields, include: Alan Deardorff, the John F. Sweetland Professor of International Economics, and professor of economics and public policy, whose research focuses on international trade theory and policy; Sioban Harlow, associate professor in the School of Public Health, whose work in womens health emphasizes occupational health of women in Latin America; and Robert Howse, professor of law, whose research specialty is international trade law with emphasis on the protection of human rights in international trade.
Student members, from a list provided by the Michigan Student Assembly, include: Kevin Kolben, a joint Law School/Rackham student slated to graduate in 2002, who has worked as a labor organizer, studied labor movements in South Asia and worked with non-governmental organizations in Cambodia; Steve Rosenberg, a junior and economics major in LS&A, who has studied labor practices; and Scott Trudeau, an LS&A junior and bachelor of general studies major, active in the Students Organized for Labor and Economic Equality.
Staff members on the committee include: Kristen Ablauf, director of licensing and trademarks for the Athletic Department; Louis Green, manager of supplier diversity programs, Purchasing and Stores; and Veronica Johnson, senior state and community relations officer and director of the U-M Lansing Service Center, Office of the Vice President for Government Relations.
I have charged the committee with advising the University concerning policies and practices to ensure that corporations engaged in the manufacture of licensed goods bearing the Universitys name and/or logos are not engaged in unlawful or unconscionable labor practices, Bollinger said.
Specifically, the committee will address key decisions facing the University in the following areas: