Fired Russell workers from Honduras to speak at U

Workers fired from a Russell Athletic plant in Honduras will speak out against the company Friday night and call for the University of Minnesota to cut ties with the apparel manufacturer. Two workers from the factory, along with University students, will address the issue Friday evening at the Bell Museum of Natural History. ItâÄôs slated to start at 5:30 p.m. in room 100, the museumâÄôs auditorium. Russell was found to have closed the factory because it wanted to quash union organizing, according to a report by the Worker Rights Consortium. The UniversityâÄôs Office of the General Counsel sent a letter to Russell on Monday raising concerns about the reportsâÄô findings and is waiting to hear back from the company before taking action. While parts of the meeting revolve around the relationship in question, the speakers will also share their experiences as factory workers, Minnesota Public Research Interest Group officer Ryan Kennedy said. The group is an affiliate of United Students Against Sweatshop. To see a story on the current status of the University’s relationship with Russell, click here.