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University of Wisconsin breaks with Nike over Honduras factories

April 11, 2010

The University of Wisconsin canceled its licensing agreement with Nike Inc. on April 9, becoming the first university to take that step over concerns about the company's treatment of workers.

Chancellor Biddy Martin said Nike hasn't done enough to help workers collect severance payments they are owed at two factories that abruptly closed last year.

Anti-sweatshop activists said they hoped Wisconsin's decision would resonate at several other universities across the country where students are pushing for similar actions and put pressure on Nike to fix the Honduras situation.

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