Call to action

Hello Friends,

Cornell Students Against Sweatshops (CSAS), the USAS affiliate at Cornell University, are currently in a critical stage of our Just Pay It! Campaign, and we need your help to cut our contract with Nike!

**Today, Wednesday June 2, we are holding a day-long call-in to our University’s President, David Skorton, to demand that Cornell cut its ties with Nike immediately.  Please take a few minutes to make a call before 5pm EST, and forward this to your group’s listserve!

What’s At Stake

This semester at Cornell, CSAS has held a number of actions and demonstrations in support of the workers. We gained the support of over 1,100 students and were endorsed by over 30 student organizations, including our Student and University Assemblies. Even Cornell’s Licensing Oversight Committee recommended suspending our licensing agreement with Nike. Despite all of this support, we are still waiting for this contract to finally be cut!  We need your support to urge President Skorton to do the right thing, NOW!

Number to Call: (607) 255-5201

Sample Message:

“President Skorton, my name is ____ and I am deeply concerned about the Nike Corporation and its treatment of garment workers in Honduras.  These workers are owed over $2 million, but Nike is refusing to recognize that it is responsible for their welfare.  To continue to do business with Nike is damaging Cornell’s reputation.  I urge you to listen to the voices of Cornell students, faculty, and alumni, as well as the workers in Honduras, and do what is right.  Cornell needs to immediately end its relationship with the company and cut its contracts. Thank you.”

Take Home Message

Do not be deterred if you cannot speak to Skorton directly (though obviously ask if you can).  The main point is that the message gets through that everyone is watching his actions and making sure he does the right thing.

Thank you so much for your help in bringing justice to these workers!

Let's see if we can give him a few more...

Let's see if we can give him a few more...

About the Author

Alex Bores is a sophomore in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He was born and raised in New York City by two union members. Alex does labor research with Professor Kate Bronfenbrenner. Alex is the treasurer of the Cornell Roosevelt Institute, Treasurer of Conflict-Free Cornell, Vice President for Community Outreach of Half in Ten, Vice President of the Cornell Forensics Society and President of Cornell Students Against Sweatshops.