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UW Cuts Ties With Adidas Over Labor Issues

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SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington has ended a sports apparel contract with Adidas after a nearly year-long campaign by students, who said the company had violated the labor rights of overseas workers.

Kathy Hoggan, director of trademarks and licensing for the university, told The Seattle Times the contract was worth about $100,000. It allowed the German multinational company to make sports apparel with the UW logo, which is sold in stores around campus.

The UW chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops says Adidas owes $1.8 million in severance to workers at its PT Kizone factory in Indonesia, and failure to pay severance is a violation of the university’s code of conduct for apparel companies.

Hoggan said the contract with Adidas returned about $3,000 in royalties to the UW last year, and is one of the school’s smaller licensing contracts. Its largest is with Nike.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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