Student group for labor and social justice.


Meets at the Michigan Union on Monday nights.

Web site

Last updated 2009.


In 1999 a group of students occupied the U of M President Lee Bollinger's office calling for the University to guarantee basic rights to the workers who made its apparel. In response, President Bollinger instituted a Code of Conduct. The code specifically detailed the standards that corporations like Nike and Adidas should adhere to when producing apparel with the Michigan logo. Another sit-in won factory disclosure months later. For the first time, the university called for corporations to reveal the names of factories that produced Michigan apparel so they could be monitored.

In the news

Students from SOLE set into motion the Michigan Coca-cola boycott. See the Detroit Free Press story.

  • 12 students arrested in Fleming, April 2007; sit-in demanding that the University toughen its labor standards for suppliers producing University-licensed apparel.
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