Anti-Sweatshop Rally Sparks Student Conflict with Stanford
Members of Stanford University’s Sweat-Free Coalition rallied Wednesday after receiving reports of workers’ rights violations by New Era Cap, the company that makes Stanford hats, and becoming frustrated at the university’s inaction. The reports revealed that New Era’s employees were working in unsafe conditions and being subjected to racial and gender discrimination. The University of North Carolina and the University of Wisconsin, among others, have either threatened to terminate or have terminated their agreements with New Era due to the company’s refusal to cooperate in an investigation by the Workers Rights Consortium, yet despite student and university protests against New Era, Stanford has not taken action. Administration representatives stated that they are awaiting definitive evidence that the reports are true.