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Thursday, April 10, 2003 02:20 pm

Your Turn 4-10-03

UIS against sweatshops
To the editor:

This is a response to a letter from Hytham Kilani in your April 3-9 issue. Hytham stated that a majority of the clothing sold at UIS is made by sweatshop workers.

Hytham's allegation is not true, and I want to correct the record. We have documentation from our supplier, Follett Higher Education Group, that says Follett has a strict code requiring all of its vendors to guarantee that its products are made in places where reasonable working conditions exist. We have no evidence that any UIS apparel was made in sweatshops.

It is true that UIS students are organizing a chapter of the United Students Against Sweatshops. They are concerned about the exploitation of workers in other countries. Those of us in UIS administration applaud their efforts, and we commend them for responding to what a well-developed social consciousness calls them to do. We support their efforts to make sure that no apparel with the UIS logo was made in sweatshops that routinely violate workers' basic human rights and pay them horrendously low wages.

Our students are acting responsibly by expressing their concern for workers in other countries, and we support them for doing so. We would not condone on our campus the sale of merchandise manufactured in sweatshops.

Ed Wojcicki
Associate Chancellor for Constituent Relations
University of Illinois at Springfield The terrorists win!

While our brave armed forces fight worldwide to eradicate terrorism and free people imprisoned by dictatorships, Mayor Daley, without any credible terrorist threat, decided to capitulate through the brazen destruction of Miegs Field.

Let the annals of history record Mayor Daley as the first elected official in the United States to surrender to the terrorists.

Dave Boyd
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