Labor Café facilitates discussion of ‘China Policy’

first_imgStudents, professors, administrators and concerned individuals gathered Friday for the Higgins Labor Café conversation entitled “The Notre Dame Licensing Codes of Conduct,” a continuation of the ongoing conversation surrounding the possibility of allowing certain Chinese factories to begin producing official Notre Dame merchandise.The Labor Café, a biweekly event hosted by the Higgins Labor Studies Program of the Center of Social Concerns (CSC), looks to start “casual yet critical conversation on contemporary issues related to work, equity and social justice,” according to the program’s website.Daniel Graff, director of the Higgins Labor Studies program, said the discussion attracted a wide array of backgrounds, and all who wished to participate in the conversation were free to do so.“There are folks [here] from the CSC, folks from the licensing program, folks on the workers’ rights board, from the panels and those simply interested,” Graff said.The discussion weighed the pros and cons of beginning production in China, particularly because the Chinese government does not legally guarantee workers the right to freely associate. Because of that, China does not, nor likely will have, any workers’ unions by the time an agreement can be arranged, Barbara Fick, associate professor of law, said.“You’re not going to get a trade union in China because they’re not going to allow an independent trade union that’s separate from the government because that’s going to pose a threat to the government,” Fick said. On the other hand, China is one of the fastest growing producers in the world, Notre Dame law school 2014 graduate Xin He said. China has a huge amount of investment and production in the textile industry so Notre Dame cannot completely boycott China. At least some part of the electronics in Notre Dame-licensed products must be made in China, He said.Since a complete boycott of Chinese products is already impossible, He said an argument could be made that it may be a beneficial to use Notre Dame’s buying power for good.“Notre Dame has leverage on China, not if we don’t engage, but Notre Dame has leverage on Chinese companies if they do engage,” He said.Both sides of the discussion wish to see Notre Dame acting true to its character and as a “powerful source for good in the world,” University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves said.Student participation was also a topic of discussion. Bill Purcell, associate director of Catholic social tradition and practice at the CSC, asked the final question to open the Labor Café’s initial discussion, “Do students care?”Many of those who attended the conversation expressed disappointment that there were not more students involved in the Worker Participation Committee and the events to present their findings. Those in attendance questioned whether this was due to students’ lack of knowledge of the panels and discussions.After the meeting, student body president Lauren Vidal held a short brainstorming session with present students about to how to improve communication on this issue with the student body.Tags: China policy, John Affleck-Graves, Lauren Vidal, Notre Dame, Worker Participationlast_img read more

Mother upset that late teen won’t be honored at graduation

first_imgThe mother of a teen who died after committing suicide says school board officials are refusing to honor her daughter during her would-be graduation and now she is receiving word from police that if she shows up to the ceremony, she will be arrested.Myka Williams told reporters that her daughter, Courtney Thompson would have been part of the class which is scheduled to graduate Friday and that after speaking with several people, she was under the impression that the school would honor her daughter. Williams says, however, that when they went to check on the preparations for the graduation, she was told that the school did not have any plan to honor her daughter and she was also threatened with an arrest if she showed up to the school.“I’m not trying to take away from any of these other kids. I just want my daughter to be honored as well. Just because she’s not physically here doesn’t mean she’s not here,” said Williams.Thompson’s best friend Abby Roland says she was also under the impression that Thompson would be honored:“We checked last week to make sure that everything was still good — the chair, the speech, the moment of silence — everything. And then today she was not mentioned at all, so I stood up and asked and there was no answer.”Thompson died at the age of 14 after taking her own life while she was in middle school. Roland says the death was hard on everyone from the class of 2019.Grant County Schools told reporters that it is not a part of their policy to remember a student that was not yet enrolled at the high school, however, Williams says they have made exceptions before.“They honored a little girl who passed away in eighth grade that didn’t even play high school sports,” she said.While the district does not plan to honor Thompson specifically, school board officials say they will have a bouquet at the ceremony representing all who have been lost.last_img read more

Miami-Dade Beaches Reopen June 10; Curfew Lifted

first_imgNo groups of more than 10 peopleBeachgoers must have facial coverings available (must be worn when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be achieved, except for members of the same household)Facial coverings must be worn in restrooms and concessionsNo coolersNo floats After being postponed for more than a week, Miami-Dade’s beaches will finally reopen tomorrow, June 10. The county has outlined the specific guidelines for reopening: Requirements: Activities Permitted: Activities not Permitted: Walking (with face covering if social distancing cannot be maintained) and jogging (with face covering lowered and with joggers maintaining a social distance of 12 to 15 feet)Established pathways will be made one-waySwimming/surfing (body, kite)/paddle-boarding/kayakingSunbathing or sitting on individually-owned beach chairs and/or beach towels, where permitted – a minimum of 6 feet apartEating among members of the same household (up to 10 people)Outdoor showers may be used as long as social distancing is maintained; mark the approach leading to outdoor shower pads to enforce 6 feet social distancing amongst beachgoers waiting to use the showersIf surf or beach conditions at a beach become too dangerous, it will be closed for water activities The county’s beaches were initially set to reopen on June 1 but a series of protests throughout the state resulted in a countywide curfew and the postponement of the reopening of beaches. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, on Monday, lifted the curfew and announced that beaches would reopen. No shared equipment (i.e. beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, ) among people from different householdsNo canopies or tentsNo organized or group activities and athletics involving groups of two or more (for example, volleyball, football, soccer, frisbee, paddle ball, )No gatherings of people from different households, unless social distancing guidelines are maintained – group size shall not exceed 10 persons at any timeAreas of social gathering in beach parks, including bathhouses (changing rooms), picnic pavilions, playgrounds are not to be accessibleNo special events, including group picnicsNo use of exercise equipment and playgroundsNo dogs/pets on the beachNo fishing on the beach, except at areas specifically designated and while following social distance guidelinesEliminate the use of common water fountains and interactive displayslast_img read more

Confusion reigns over Neymar PSG debut

first_imgParis, France | AFP | Neymar is poised to make his much-anticipated debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday when they travel to Guingamp in their second game of the Ligue 1 season.However, the French league are still waiting on a transfer certificate from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) before the Brazilian can finally play.The certificate has to arrive before Sunday if Neymar is to take to the pitch at the Stade du Roudourou this weekend, with it possible that FIFA may have to intervene if the RFEF do not send the document by Friday.But the French Football Federation (FFF) appear confident that the saga surrounding Neymar, who cost PSG a staggering world record of 222 million euros ($264m), is near its end.“The transfer is complete, so this should not last,” FFF president Noel Le Graet told sports daily L’Equipe.“The federation is in contact with our Spanish counterparts. There is no reason for this hold-up to continue. “These are complicated deals, but there is no missing document today.“I do not need to tell you that there are a few problems within the Spanish federation. I do not doubt that this will be quickly solved. Wolves do not eat each other, you know.”Neymar watched from the Parc des Princes stands as PSG cruised to a low-key 2-0 win over newly-promoted Amiens in their Ligue 1 opener last time out, and coach Unai Emery will want the forward available sooner rather than later.The 25-year-old scored 105 goals in his four seasons at Barcelona, and his new team will be expecting him to score far more over the next few years.Although the main goal for the capital club is to finally challenge for the Champions League crown, their first task this term will be to retake the Ligue 1 title from Monaco.Spaniard Emery has no doubt that his new arrival will help the team achieve those lofty goals, whether he makes his debut on Sunday or the following week against Toulouse.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more