Last week, students from Justice at Maryland and Community Roots listened as two former Adidas employees spoke out against Adidas’ criminal and immoral treatment of its workers. Since their factory PT Kizone closed 22 months ago, Adidas has illegally refused to pay $1.8 million dollars in severance fees. Instead Adidas chose to hand out vouchers to the Indonesian equivalent of a 7-11, making rent and medical bills increasingly difficult to afford for the former employees. Our community won’t stand for that.
Send an email to President Loh, Director of Licensing Joe Ebaugh and University Attorney Diane Krejsa, demanding that we sever UMD’s support of Adidas and terminate the contract!
For more info, visit badidas.com.
UMD students stand in solidarity with two former Adidas workers.
This week, Community Roots and Justice at Maryland will be joined by Aslam and Heni, former Adidas Workers at PT Kizone, an Indonesian Adidas factory that supplied apparel for UMCP and other US universities.
They’re coming to speak out about their struggle for Adidas to pay $1.8 million in severance pay to 2,800 former PT Kizone workers. Together with UMCP students, Aslam and Heni will call on us to take action against Adidas. Justice at Maryland has been campaigning for the rights of those working directly for the University, it’s time to also support those working for global corporations contracted by our school!
Join us Thursday, February 28th at 6pm in Tydings Hall, room 1101.
Adidas Logo with the word “exploitation” underneath.
Click here for the facebook event.
UMD students are sending worker appreciation cards to University employees this Valentine’s Day. Contact JusticeatMaryland@gmail.com to get involved!
Valentines in both English and Spanish to show UMD workers how much we value them and their work!
Click here to read the Diamondback article about workers’ raises at UMD.
Housekeepers and maintenance workers could see their first pay raise in several years, according to next year’s proposed Resident Life budget, but several students and workers said the increases would not be adequate to address workers’ need for higher wages.
“I don’t want anyone on this campus to be living in poverty because they’re not getting paid enough,” [Renée Nicolas] said. “I just want a living wage for all people.”
Click here to read the diamondback article about improvements that Justice at Maryland won in 2012!
“Workplace reforms that began in October have helped university staff work and travel more safely, though some employees say little has been done to address the root of their lack of security on the campus.
Increased English-language classes and security patrolling, among other new policies, are tangible improvements, but they’re only a start in addressing the widespread reports of abuse, employees and student advocates said. The underlying problem, said Don Mitchell, a Residential Facilities electrician, is the complex hierarchy of supervision Mitchell said allows supervisors and managers to get away with illicit behavior…”
While the amount of publicity that agitating workers have been getting is recent, the abuses that they are fighting against are by no means new. Check out three Diamondback articles from 2007 and 2008 that talk about efforts to get the administration to take a stand against workplace abuse. It is telling that these complaints are still around, while the administration has failed to do anything significant.
University workers allege abuse
Officials dispute workers’ claims
Rally revitalizes talks over university workers’ contracts
La salvadoreña Antonia Escobar, quien trabaja en limpieza en la Universidad de Maryland, denuncia terribles maltratos