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Students call on Emmert to end agreement with Nike Before he goes, the Student Labor Action Project wants him to nike air max plus take a hard stance against the Oregon based apparel company. The group's call to action, backed by a larger national movement, includes a letter signed by a number of local labor advocates and city council member Nick Licata. A university advisory committee for trademarks and licensing is recommending that the UW let its licensing agreement with Nike lapse when it expires in December. The agreement allows Nike to produce apparel and other goods featuring the UW logo. "To us, it would be bad form for President Emmert to leave the university and thereby negate such a decision," said UW senior Garrett Strain. "This has been in his court for quite some time now over a year." Earlier this month, Cornell University brought an early end to its licensing agreement with Nike, following an example set by the University of Wisconsin Madison. That's what Strain wants Emmert to do. For the students, the crux of the issue is a violation of labor rights by Nike contractors working out of Honduras. They're also worried about whether their plea will be heard after Emmert leaves. The UW presidency will be filled in the interim by Provost Phyllis Wise, who serves on Nike's board of directors. UW spokesman Norm Arkans said Emmert received the letter, but isn't taking immediate action. "The president hasn't made any decision on it," he said. "I don't know what he's going to do." Arkans said Wise will serve on Nike's board of directors while leading the UW. She will continue to excuse herself from decisions regarding the UW's relationship with Nike. Wise donates her compensation from Nike to scholarship funds at the university. Here's an excerpt from the letter students sent Emmert: President Emmert, over a year ago the University of Washington was at the forefront of higher education institutions that took strong stands against sweatshop abuses in the production of collegiate apparel. Since then, our leadership on Nike's worker rights abuses in Honduras has been eclipsed by our peers at the University of Wisconsin and Cornell, with other schools positioning themselves to take more meaningful action than us in the near future. Given Provost Wise and Regent Smith's conflicts of interest in serving on Nike's own Board of Directors, which has made the UW into a national case study of corporations undue influence at a public university, it is even more important that you follow your own committee's advice, as well as Cornell President Skorton's recent action. As concerned students, faculty, workers and community members of the University of Washington, we respectfully request that you commit to not renewing the UW's licensing agreement with Nike this December, nike lunarglide 7 unless Nike reaches a settlement with the Honduran union that makes nike kd 8 the workers of Hugger and Vision Tex whole again. A failure to do so will make a mockery out of the UW's code of conduct and past leadership on anti sweatshop issues, and will confirm that some corporations are more equal than others, and can get away with egregious sweatshop abuses as long as they bankroll college sports.