Campus Awakening

The sweatshop issue has galvanized college activists. But are students being used by Big Labor?

Like most freshmen at the University of Michigan, Peter Romer-Friedman came to campus wide-eyed and full of school spirit. After arriving in the fall of 1997, he decorated his dorm room with posters of his school teams, cheered on the Wolverines at the Rose Bowl and proudly outfitted himself in Michigan sweatshirts and caps. Then last summer, during an internship with the AFL-CIO, he started to hear how Michigan and other colleges get their sportswear--by employing licensing companies that use overseas factories where garment workers toil long hours, often for pennies a day.

Romer-Friedman returned to campus in the fall fired...

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