Long time listener, first time caller. Great list, Doug.
If any one wants to catch the first [to my knowledge] sit-in on the web, check out http://www.unc.edu/~lbradley/webcam.htm
The revolution will be televised!
---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 13:56:36 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) From: Lorrie Bradley <lbradley at email.unc.edu> Reply-To: labor at listserv.oit.unc.edu To: usas at listbot.com, labor at listserv.oit.unc.edu Subject: CHANCELLOR McCOY REFUSES TO ACCEPT AGREEMENT
After the Chancellor's Licensing and Labor Code Advisory Committee met this morning, agreeing to what would be the the most strongly worded university agreement to end connections with apparel industry sweatshops, UNC-CH Acting Chancellor Bill McCoy walked out of a meeting with students and Advisory Committee members, refusing to even verbally agree with the prinicples contained in the agreement OR set a date to meet with students. Basically, McCoy has taken a kick-ass recommendation from the LLCAC and sat on it, refusing to act or even make the decision making process publically accountable. We don't even have a guarantee that a decision will be made before the term ends.
Hopefully, we will be able to capitalize on the task force's recommendation, which included living wage, public disclosure, principles of monitoring, a statement that the FLA did not meet university standards on independent monitoring and plans to start a monitoring pilot plan as early as this summer. in the meantime, keep the pressure on McCoy. I feel that he has shown his true colors today, ending any kind of accountability or agency of behalf of students. An estimated 60-70 students packed the conference room and adjoining rotunda of South Building, where students have been sitting in for 38 hours, chanting, clapping and shouting as the Acting Chancellor left the conference room.
hasta la victoria! --Lorrie
Lorrie Bradley UNC-Chapel Hill "The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution that has to start with each one of us?" --Dorothy Day