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Posted on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 7:50 a.m.

Mary Sue Coleman to Adidas: Compensate contractor's former workers in Indonesia

By Cindy Heflin

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has complained to Adidas about the treatment of a now-defunct contractor’s former employees in Indonesia, The Michigan Daily reported.


Mary Sue Coleman

Coleman sent a letter to Adidas, with whom U-M has a $60 million sports apparel contract, urging the company to ensure that the former workers get severance payments they’re owed after the contractor, P.T. Kizone, closed last year, the newspaper reported.

More than 2,700 have not received those payments, and Adidas has not contributed directly to a fund for them, though it has provided other assistance, The Daily reported. Adidas released a statement saying it has provided more assistance to the former workers than any other brand, according to The Daily article.

Read the Michigan Daily article.



Wed, Oct 3, 2012 : 2:28 p.m.

Mary Sue - You should look closer at home. Why do you continue to let your U of M administrators weed out the older loyal U of M rank and file employee (with no severance pay) and then hire young college graduates at half the wage for the same position. Fix your own house first. Why are you not buying "American made" and negotiating with American companies for U of M contracts?? While I have sympathy for the employees in Indonesia, I think this is hypocritical on your part. I


Wed, Oct 3, 2012 : 12:50 p.m.

Kudos for President Mary Sue Coleman.. I wonder if she could also help me. My husband and I have been going to Man's Basketball games regularly since early eighties as a season ticket holders. Al these years we had parking permit as well. We also support Football, Softball and tennis programs. Recently our purchase for 2 season ticket cost us over 1200. Couple of days ago no less with an e-mail we have been notified we can no longer have our parking pass. The reason we do not have mere 200 points to qualify. We do have over hundred. I ask President what is a loyalty good for? All those years when no one going to BB games we were there. Go Blue!!


Wed, Oct 3, 2012 : 12:50 p.m.

"Addidas to MSC: myob"


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 8:20 p.m.

Good Luck! Almost every large sporting manufacture has most of their apparel made overseas with child labor and working conditions that have not been seen here for over a 70 years. If Addidas has made a better effort than the rest I can just imagine how their competitors treat the employees.


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 1:22 p.m.

A really powerful statement the University could make would be to stop taking the "Dirty Money" from Adidas! So how much is the compensation for 2,700 Ex-Adidas workers? 2,700 X 0.13 a day X 6 weeks=???


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 1:33 p.m.

Yes, and then go to a much less dirty company in Nike...(sarcasm).

Top Cat

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 1:03 p.m.

Ms. Coleman, instead of worrying about a contractor's former employees in Indonesia, how about doing something about the extemely high costs for students in America to attend your school.


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 3:01 p.m.

Ron Granger - This is not a question of mutual exclusivity. There are all manner of things that Ms. Coleman and the University can do together - such as build houses in Guatemala, advocate for freedom in Tibet, etc. Rather, this is a question of scope: As in, what is the scope of the University, exactly? Top Cat suggested that Ms. Coleman should limit the scope of her concerns to those issues which present an immediate and pressing need to the actual past, current and future students, faculty and staff of the University. This article, on the other hand, highlights an example of overreach. At what point do our interests end at this University, given the myriad of other - more pressing - issues at hand? Must we babysit every contractor we hire? Must we audit every supplier of goods upstream of the University's procurement process? Where does it end? Scope, Mr. Granger: It's an important consideration when you lack infinite resources (both manpower and time).

Ron Granger

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 1:24 p.m.

The two actions are not mutually exclusive. Also, this is about "the leaders and the best". If you want the "followers and the frugal," you'll need to look elsewhere.