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called on Chancellor John Wiley
to terminate the university's
licensing contract with Adidas
after an El Salvadorian factory
subcontracted to Adidas that pro-
duced Wisconsin apparel violated
the university's code of conduct
Labor rights activists say that
the El Salvadorian factory failed
to compensate workers about
$800,000 in back pay and sever-
ance after closing in 2005.
Negotiations on behalf of the
workers are ongoing, though most
of the workers have yet to receive
full compensation, Nebel said. He
said Adidas is working to resolve
The University of Michigan's
code of conduct for licensees,
which applies to its eight-year, $60
million contract with Adidas is
nearly identical to the University
of Wisconsin at Madison's code of
The University of Michigan's
Adidas apparel will be produced
in factories in China, South Korea,
Taiwan and the United States,
according to the WRC's website.
Larry Root, chair of the Uni-
versity's Advisory Committee
on Labor Standards and Human
Rights, said the move from Nike to
Adidas won't result in any signifi-
cant labor monitoring changes.
"They both have strong compli-
ance programs within the context
of code enforcement," Root said.
RC senior Jason Bates, the stu-
dent representative on the Adviso-
ry Committee on Labor Standards
and Human Rights, said Nebel's
presentation lacked any substan-
tial plans for seriously addressing
labor problems in factories that
produce Adidas products.
"It's clear that Adidas is willing
to do anything to help workers out
- unless it costs them," said Bates,
a member of Students Organized
for Labor and Economic Equality.
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disagreement here, and one of the
ways you settle disagreements if
you can't come to a settlementis to
let the courts decide."
The University has argued that
concrete replacement projects that
took place in the seating bowl over
the last 15 years should be consid-
ered repairs rather than altera-
tions. Public venues built before
the ADA took effect in 1990 must
comply with the full set of regula-
tions - including making1percent
of all seats wheelchair-accessible
- once a substantial alteration to
the structure takes place.
The stadium currently has 88
wheelchair-accessible seats but
would have as many as 600 after
an expansion project scheduled to
be completed in 2009. That's still
far fewer than the more than ,000
seats that would be required if the
stadium were forced to upgrade to
meet ADA regulations.
After the expansion, the sta-
dium would have 300 permanent
wheelchair-accessible seats locat-
ed in the bowl and in premium
seating structures being built on
the sidelines. Those structures
will house controversial luxury
boxes. The University announced
last week a plan to build remov-
able seating platforms around
the entrance portal of the seating
bowl. The platforms will be added
or removed based on demand, add-
ing as many as 300 more wheel-
chair-accessible seats to the bowl.
Richard Bernstein, a lawyer
representing the Michigan Para-
lyzed Veterans of America, said
in an interview last week that
the University has acted as if the
Americans with Disabilities Act
doesn't apply to them.
"You cannot go and create your
own standards," Bernstein said.
"The law is very clear as to what
is expected and what needs to be
Coleman said it doesn't make
sense to reserve hundreds of
additional seats for disabled fans
when the University has never
had more than 95 requests for
wheelchair-accessible seats at a
single football game. Because one
wheelchair-accessible seat takes
up as much space as about a dozen
regular seats, Coleman estimated
that installing permanent dis-
abled seating around the entire
bowl portal would eliminate about
4,500 total seats in the bowl.
ber of season tickets would lose
the Athletic Department almost
$2 million in annual season ticket
revenue and would likely drop
Michigan Stadium from the larg-
est football stadium in the country
to third, behind Penn State's Bea-
ver Stadium and Ohio State's Ohio
Stadium, Coleman did not explic-
itly cite cost or capacity as reasons
the University would be reluctant
to install permanent wheelchair-
accessible seating around the
entire seating bowl. She said she
was concerned that adding hun-
dreds of additional wheelchair-
accessible seats would lead to
empty seats and a drop in the num-
ber of season tickets available.
"We try to balance the needs
of all the patrons," Coleman said.
"What I don't think anybody
wants here is to see empty seats
at the stadium that people are not
using, but we want to have good
plans so that everyone will have
an opportunity to have a good seat
at the stadium."
Bernstein said in an inter-
view last week that there is little
demand for wheelchair-accessi-
ble seating because the stadium
doesn't adequately accommodate
disabled fans - leading many to
choose not to attend the games. He
said the University must address
other problems with the stadium,
like excessively steep ramps and
inaccessible paths from parking
lots to seats.
"If they don't fix the other stuff,
no one will want to come," Bern-
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ing their leadoff status on the pri-
Unless the measure is taken
up again, Michigan voters would
see only Hillary Rodham Clin-
ton, Dennis Kucinich, Chris Dodd
and Mike Gravel as choices on the
Democratic ballot, while all eight
Republican candidates would be
on the GOP one.
House on Monday night passed
the bill to put all eight Democrats
on the ballot, but failed to come up
with the two-thirds vote needed
for it to take effect before the elec-
Democratic National Commit-
teewoman Debbie Dingell - who
along with Gov. Jennifer Gran-
holm backs Clinton - blamed the
Edwards campaign for derailing
"It's very clear thatthe Edwards
people have been at the forefront
of trying to keep the primary from
happening in Michigan," Ding-
ell said yesterday. "They felt they
would have had a better chance at
a caucus" because union members
who like Edwards would make up
a disproportionate share of Demo-
cratic caucus voters.
Michigan GOP Chairman Saul
Anuzis blamed both the Edwards
campaign and Michigan Demo-
cratic Chairman Mark Brewer for
keeping the names off the ballot.
Both have "been working for
months to scuttle Michigan's pres-
idential primary, working in open
opposition to Governor Granholm
and the large majority Michigan
Democrats who joined Republi-
cans in supporting a Jan. 15 prima-
ry," Anuzis said in a release. "The
only thing the Democrats have
done is chosen to score political
points by disenfranchising their
A call seeking comment was
left yesterday afternoon with the
Edwards campaign. Brewer denies
he or the Edwards campaign is
trying to scuttle the primary.
"They've made a conscious
decision to stay off the ballot.
And they're going to have to live
with the consequences of that,"
he said of the candidates who
The Democratic Party's execu-
tive committee yesterday night
overwhelmingly approved the Jan.
15 primary. The primary replaces
an earlier plan under which the
Democrats would have held a Feb.
9 presidential caucus.
Brewer plans to file the pri-
mary plan with the Democratic
National Committee today and
it will be considered Saturday by
the DNC Rules Committee. The
DNC likely will threaten to strip
the party of its 128 national con-
vention delegates for holding an
election before Feb. 5, but Brewer
thinks the delegates ultimately
will be seated. The state party also
is asking for a waiver to avoid the
Brewer ran a Democratic presi-
dential caucus in 2004 that drew
more than 160,000 voters, and
thinks holding a caucus still could
be a viable option, although he'll
have to follow what the execu-
tive committee decides. But he
noted the executive committee
could change its decision anytime
before the meeting Saturday with
the DNC Rules Committee.
Saturday also is another dead-
line, since county clerks are sup-
posed to deliver absentee ballots
to local clerks by then. Brewer said
there are serious constitutional
issues with forcing candidates to
be on the ballot and wants law-
makers to stop trying to get the
names back on so clerks can get
the ballots printed.
He has been told the bill is
essentially dead, but others say
there's still a chance lawmakers
could bring up the measure later
Michigan AFL-CIO President
Mark Gaffney, who likes Edwards,
is among those who thinks the
bill's not dead.
"I would like to have him back
on the ballot," he said of Edwards.
He added that, if the bill passes,
the four who took their names off
the ballot could tell Iowa and New
Hampshire that the matter was
out of their hands, possibly calm-
ing any voter outrage that could
arise when Iowa holds its Jan. 3
caucuses and New Hampshire
holds its Jan. 8 primary.
Gaffney said unions hope
Republican lawmakers will want
to pass the bill putting the miss-
ing candidates back on the ballot
to keep Democrats from crossing
over to vote in the Republican pri-
The unions hope to trade Demo-
cratic votes for that bill for Repub-
lican votes on measures the unions
want, such as one letting public
employees form political action
committees. But GOP lawmakers
at this point don't look ready to
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