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UNC to cut ties with apparel firm over sweatshops

Posted March 6, 2009 3:46 p.m. EST
Updated March 6, 2009 5:40 p.m. EST

— University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp said Friday the the school would end its licensing contract with an apparel firm next year because of labor violations.

The working conditions at Russell Athletic plants in Honduras didn't meet requirements UNC set a decade ago, he said. Russell makes and sells apparel with the UNC logo.

Thorp said the company's contract expires next March. If the company can document its plants meet the university's labor standards, UNC might consider renewing its license in April 2010.

"I do not take ending a partnership with a longtime licensee lightly," he wrote in a memo. "However, our expectations for our licensees are clear: Comply with our labor code and the protections it affords to the people who make these logoed products if you want to do business with Carolina."