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SAW Discusses Worker Safety Issue with UNC Alumni

Student Action with Workers attended the Alumni Association events and pregame tailgate this past Saturday.  We spoke to concerned parents and alumni about UNC’s failure to require our apparel brands like VF Corporation to join the Bangladesh Safety Accord.  Over 1200 Bangladesh garment workers died in unsafe factories in 2013, and just this summer a VF factory caught fire and 50 workers were injured.  The Bangladesh Safety Accord is the only legally binding agreement that mandates Bangladeshi factories be repaired and brought to proper safety standards.  SAW was encouraged by the support of alumni, parents, and students attending the event.  The crowd took 150 of our informational pamphlets, and our banner demanding UNC cut ties with VF hung for over an hour on the belltower.  We are hopeful UNC will do the right thing in the coming year and tell VF Corp to join the Accord.

The banner SAW hung from the belltower reads "29 DEAD. 150 INJURED. WORKER'S LIVES OVER OUR CONTRACT. CUT VF."

The banner SAW hung from the belltower reads “29 DEAD. 150 INJURED. WORKER’S LIVES OVER OUR CONTRACT. CUT VF.”

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