Employee Focus

April 2009
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Five Minutes with Ramiro Sanchez

Employee Spotlight
Rosie Guajardo, Jordy Stiggs and Janicee Mack


June Calendar

Knights Apparel

Business Services
Vending Machine Refund Policy

Copy Center
Departmental Copier Leasing Program

Department of Public Safety
Cell Phone Registration in PIER

UHDPS Police Officers Participate in the Texas Special Olympics

Summer Parking Lot Maintenance

Dining Services
Campus Dining Locations and Hours of Operation

Verifying Vendor Hold

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Statistics

Key Dates Calendar

ePAR Tips

Human Resources
Benefit Updates for Plan Year 2010

Plant Operations
Cullen Family Plaza Renovations Continue

Policies and Procedures
Policies in Executive Review:

Printing and Postal
UH Printing & Postal Services New Website

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Knights Apparel

Houston, June 3, 2009 – This fall the UH Bookstore, the campus’ exclusive textbook provider, will offer a new line of clothing that takes social responsibility to a new and inspired level. UH officials announced today that the UH Bookstore will sell Knights Apparel’s Above & Beyond brand of clothing in the Cougar Spirit apparel department. UH is one of approximately 350 Barnes & Noble college bookstores nationwide that will carry the product.

Knights Apparel will manufacture Above & Beyond collegiate apparel in overseas factories committed to meeting a higher standard of employment for their workers. Every factory employee will receive benefits and a living wage sufficient to cover the monthly costs for a family of four as determined by the Fair Labor Association and the Workers Rights Consortium (WRC).

In a memo to members of the WRC, director Scott Nova wrote, “For a major retailer like Barnes & Noble to lend its enthusiastic support to this initiative is very heartening and we commend the company’s leadership.” The WRC is an independent labor rights monitoring organization focused on protecting the rights of workers who produce apparel and other products sold in the United States bearing college or university logos. The University of Houston is an affiliate campus of the WRC.

According to the WRC, a factory in the Dominican Republic will manufacture the garments with verification of labor rights compliance by the WRC. According to Mr. Nova, this is the first time an apparel product that is widely available in the US will be manufactured in the developing world by workers earning a living wage.

UH Bookstore manager, Felix Robinson said Barnes & Noble has been involved in building the program for some time. Later this year, when Above & Beyond product arrives on campus, the UH community can expect to see a major marketing initiative supporting this effort with in-store signage and website exposure.

By associating with the WRC, the UH Bookstore commits to doing business with manufacturers that prohibit forced overtime, child labor, bonded labor, and discrimination, and that support workers’ rights to a living wage, safe work environment, freedom of association, and collective bargaining.

“Participating in the new and exciting initiative with the WRC goes hand in hand with the university’s mission of sustainability,” said Emily Messa, assistant vice president for university services. “This is one of the reasons we rely on great partnerships with our corporate partners, like Barnes& Noble. They help the university to continually raise the sustainability bar for our campus.”

Messa also points out that selling socially responsible merchandise on the university campus is one of the benchmarks of the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS). The STARS program is a tool created by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for colleges and universities to use in tracking their progression on sustainability initiatives using objective criteria. The University of Houston is a member of AASHE.

For more information on the university’s sustainability efforts, please visit http://www.uh.edu/green.