Hunger Strike

A 15-day hunger strike by seven University of Colorado students is over after they reached an agreement with school officials over the rights of workers in overseas factories that make CU's licensed apparel.

The students toasted with freshly squeezed orange juice and strawberries yesterday as the group and school officials announced the agreement.

The students started the strike on April 13th demanding the school adopt the Designated Suppliers Program, which would require the university's goods be made in certified factories where, among other things, workers could bargain collectively.

The school didn't agree to that program, though, saying it's unworkable in its current form.

It instead agreed to say it specifically supports worker's rights.

Vice chancellor for administration Paul Tabolt says CU most likely would get involved in a working group of other universities to redefine the suppliers program, so it could be implemented.

Eleven students began the hunger strike but four dropped out for various reasons.


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