Worker Participation Committee issues official recommendations

first_imgAnnmarie Soller University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves speaksduring a previous forum at McKenna Auditorium on Jan. 26.For the first time since 2001, products licensed by Notre Dame may soon bear the label “Made in China.” The University’s Worker Participation Committee announced its official recommendation to conduct two one-year pilot programs in Chinese manufacturing factories at a public forum Monday.University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves, a member of the Worker Participation Committee, said the committee formulated its finalized set of recommendations after two years of careful research and deliberation.According to the website of the Office of the Executive Vice President, University President Emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy appointed a Task Force on Anti-Sweatshop Initiatives in 1999. As a result of the task force’s research and recommendations, in 2001 the University released a list of 11 countries, including China, in which manufacturers were prohibited from producing Notre Dame-licensed products.In 2013, Affleck-Graves appointed a committee to review Notre Dame’s Licensing Code of Conducts due to an increasing frequency of interactions between the University and China, according to the website of the Office of the Executive Vice President.The committee chose Verité, a non-profit organization, as its partner during the process of assessing worker participation in Chinese factories, Affleck-Graves said.“We chose China because it was a country that we didn’t produce in at the moment, and it was a country where we could get some cooperation from some of our manufacturers,” Affleck-Graves said. “Although they were making do in other countries, [our manufacturers] were very eager for us to consider China.”He said Verité designed a set of criteria with which it would assess six Chinese factories based upon workers’ rights to freedom of participation. Verité then puts the factories into subcategories based upon their levels of worker participation.The assessment concluded two of the six factories met the standards that the University would require for it to allow for production, and some committee members visited the Chinese factories to meet with the workers and managers after receiving Verité’s assessment, he said.“We like the Verité process,” Affleck-Graves said. “We like the people at Verité. But we felt it was important that we also visit the factories so we could get a sense of whether Verité’s assessment correctly or adequately reflected the views we would have of the conditions in those factories.”Affleck-Graves said the Workers Participation Committee recommends conducting a year-long pilot program in the two Chinese manufacturing plants that received good assessments from Verité. The companies would be reassessed regularly over the course of the year.“This is to determine whether workers’ rights have improved to the extent that factories meet and, more importantly, can sustain over time and under review a standard of performance acceptable to the University of Notre Dame,” Affleck-Graves said.Affleck-Graves said the committee also offers three additional recommendations based off of feedback from a public forum held in January. The committee selected eight factories currently manufacturing products licensed by Notre Dame in Bangladesh, India, El Salvador and Guatemala to assess and compare to the two factories in China.“People asked how we can compare these working conditions in China with other factories … and encouraged us to go to other countries where we commonly do production and use the same assessment tool to see if standards are being met,” Affleck-Graves said.Affleck-Graves said the committee will also use the pilot programs to broaden their assessment criteria to include more issues than worker participation.“There are lots of other issues that are very important in both China and the rest of the world,” Affleck-Graves said. “Things regarding safety, health conditions … what the proposal means is to take the assessment that Verité has done and broaden it to cover all these other issues as well.”The committee’s fourth recommendation is to continue to provide regular opportunities to update the campus community and listen to feedback while the pilot programs are implemented, he said.The Worker Participation Committee is exploring the possibility of assessing all factories producing Notre Dame-licensed products, Affleck-Graves said. He estimated 400 to 500 factories currently produce Notre Dame-licensed products and evaluating each one could take several years.“We’re hoping to take this pilot program and assist the feasibility of … a factory centric policy,” Affleck-Graves said. “We have an instrument that we can take into any factory that allows us to do a rigorous assessment of that factory and on the basis of that assessment to determine whether its appropriate or not to manufacture Notre Dame logo material in that factory.”Affleck-Graves said the committee hopes to provide a model for other universities and companies to follow.“One of Notre Dame’s missions is to be a source for good in the world,” Affleck-Graves said. “There’s a huge amount of manufacturing that goes on in China whether we like it or not. So we can stay out of it and we can influence people by not being in it … but it doesn’t make any difference to those people in China.”Affleck-Graves said University President Fr. John Jenkins reviewed the recommendations before Monday’s forum and said he is comfortable with them. He will likely approve them in the coming weeks, according to Affleck-Graves, after which the recommendations can be enacted.Tags: Chinese manufacturing, John Affleck-Graves, Worker Participation Committeelast_img read more

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Seven teams confirm squads, officials for 3-day Franchise League

first_imgSEVEN of the eight teams participating in the upcoming Jaguars Franchise League Three-day competition have confirmed their respective squad. Those franchise that have confirmed their squad are: Upper Corentyne (Nigg to Skeldon), Lower Corentyne (Albion to New Amsterdam), West Berbice, East Coast Demerara, Georgetown, West Demerara and Essequibo.Each squad will consist of 18 players, five of whom are standbys.Below are the members of the eight franchises.Nigg/Skeldon (Upper Corentyne): Arif Chan, Jason Sinclair, Joshua Ramsammy, Shawn Perreira, Eon Hooper, Rajiv Ivan, Assad Fudadin, Anthony Bramble, Clinton Pestano, Andy Mohan, Troy Gonsalves, Devendra Bishoo, Omesh Mathura, Demitri Cameron, Totaram Rajaram, Keon Sinclair, Yuvendra Harinarine and Veramootoo Senwasane. Winston Smith (coach) and Delbert Hicks (assistant coach/manager).Albion/New Amsterdam (Lower Corentyne): Kandasammy Surujnarine, Waheid Edwards, Seon Hetmyer, Jonathon Foo, Royston Crandon, Devon Clements, David Latchaya, Gajanand Singh, Eugene La Fleur, Hakeem Hinds, Veerasammy Permaul, Nial Smith, Raun Johnson, Kassim Khan, Suresh Dhanai, Kevin Ramdeen, Sharaz Ramcharran and Anthony D’Andrade. Julian Moore (coach) and Andre Percival (assistant coach/manager).West Berbice: Krishandat Ramoo, Sherwin McPherson, Quacy McPherson, Gudakesh Motie, Keon Joseph, Keyron Fraser, Randell Bobb, Carlston Nurse, Shimron Hetmyer, Kevin Jawahir, Chris Ramnarine, Brentnol Woolford, Raffiel Estriado, Andrew Dutchin, Avishkar Sewkarran, Renision Mitchell, Javid Karim and Steffon Adams. David Blacks (manager) and Adrian Amsterdam (coach).East Coast Demerara: Kamesh Yadram, Rajendra Chandrika, Paul Wintz, Steven Sankar, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Ramnarine Chatura, Vishwanauth Ramlakhan, Jermaine Martins, Gavin Moriah, Ferron Kadir, Vivian Albert, Bhaskar Yadram, Kumar Bishundial, Gavin Boodwah, Tameshwar Motiram, Amir Khan, Rudolph Singh and Leon Morgan. Esaun Crandon (Coach) and Jitlall Jowahirlall (assistant coach/manager).Georgetown: Leon Johnson, Robin Bacchus, Andrew Lyght Jr, Sunil Singh, Christopher Barnwell, Kwame Crosse, Ronaldo AliMohammed, Kellon Carmichael, Dexter Solomon, Devon Lord, Andre Stoll, Gajanand Suknanan, Ovid Richardson, Joshua Wade, Jahran Byron, Mark Hamilton, Joshua Persaud and Chris Deonarine. Garvin Nedd (coach) and Colin Stuart (assistant coach/manager).West Demerara: Akshaya Persaud, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Kemol Savory, Romario Shepherd, Raymon Reifer, Malcolm Hubbard, Ronaldo Renee, Keshram Seyhodan, Travis Persaud, Richie Loaknauth, Yutesh Dhanpaul, Mahendra Dhanpaul, Anand Bharat, Ganesh Narine, Safraz Esau, Vickash Dhaniram, Sheldon Alexander and Chabiraj Ramcharran. Rayon Griffith (coach), Dhanpaul (assistant coach) and Omar Hussain (manager).Essequibo: Anthony Adams, Ronsford Beaton, Kevon Boodie, Keemo Paul, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ricardo Adams, Ricardo Peters, Parmesh Parsotam, Avenish Persaud, Royan Fredericks, Akinie Adams, Looknauth Chinko, Kevin Gordon, Hemchand Persaud, Sachin Persaud, Neiland Cadogan, Joshua Jones and Nokta Moses. Michael Franco Hyles (coach) and Forbes Daniels (manager).The contracted players on the Upper Demerara/East Bank Demerara are Trevon Griffith, Sherfane Rutherford, Tevin Imlach, Vishaul Singh and Steven Jacobs, while Clive Grimmond is the coach and Rohan Sarjoo is manager.The other members of the team have not yet been confirmed.last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball beat writers predict team’s record, postseason finish, MVP

first_img Published on November 10, 2016 at 8:14 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse opens its season on Friday in the Carrier Dome against Colgate at 7 p.m. The Orange is leaning on three transfers — Paschal Chukwu, Andrew White and John Gillon — to fill holes in the its lineup left by the departure of last year’s top three scorers.Here’s how our beat writers think the season will play out.Connor GrossmanRegular Season Record: 22-9NCAA Tournament Finish: Sweet 16MVP: Tyler LydonX-Factor: Andrew WhiteIn supposedly the penultimate season of his career, Jim Boeheim faces the challenge of meshing his most diversified roster in years. Returning starters will share the floor with fifth-year transfers and first-year players. This melting pot of experience will not mix perfectly together, and Boeheim may not fully figure his team out until a few weeks of conference play. But there’s undeniable talent, from a budding star in Tyler Lydon to dynamic freshman Tyus Battle. Nebraska transfer Andrew White needs to help Lydon fuel the offense, and SU will survive long enough to tease a deep run into March.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt SchneidmanRegular Season Record: 24-7NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16MVP: Tyus BattleX-Factor: Paschal ChukwuOn paper, Syracuse has a far better chance to reach the Final Four than it did last season. The Orange has more pieces to help it get there, and a 24-7 regular season will set SU up for a No. 3 or 4 seed in the Big Dance. Paschal Chukwu, all 7 feet, 2 inches of him, proves to be Syracuse’s X-factor by anchoring one of the country’s best defenses from the middle of the zone. This year, though, the Orange’s run ends in the Sweet 16 and team MVP Tyus Battle has a tough decision to stay in school or enter the NBA Draft.Paul SchwedelsonRegular season record: 23-8NCAA Tournament Finish: Sweet 16MVP: Tyler LydonX-Factor: Tyus BattleJim Boeheim will have the chance this year to go four or even five deep on the bench, allowing Syracuse to be more flexible in its schemes. Expect to see more full-court pressing and more transition offense. The most indispensable player on the team will be Tyler Lydon, who can play either forward position and center based on the lineup surrounding him. Boeheim said he’s “probably” the only player he’s coached that has done that. Likely coming off the bench will be Tyus Battle, who has already shown in exhibitions he can provide a spark. How SU’s new players mesh together will determine this team’s fate. Commentslast_img read more

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Polar Plunge Registration Open for Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- 28 “Polar Plunges” will happen throughout Michigan this Winter, including right here in Alpena.The dive into icy and frigid waters directly benefits the Special Olympics, an organization that is celebrating 50 years. This year, folks can gather at the Sand Bar in Alpena on February 17th to join in on the fun. The Polar Plunge is put on with Law Enforcement Torch Run® Events. Registration and more information can be found at https://www.firstgiving.com/polarplunge/alpena2018AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Updates on private well testing around the CRTC Base in AlpenaNext AHS students get sneak preview of Thunder Bay International Film Festlast_img read more

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