January 24, 1997 |
David Young, 38, the apparel industry labor leader directing the union-organizing campaign at Los Angeles jeans maker Guess Inc., has resigned. No replacement was named by the union, which is called Unite. Young, who was with Unite and one of its predecessor organizations 11 years, said he quit "because of the failure of the union to provide the promised support and resources for the Guess campaign." He declined to elaborate.
December 1, 1998 |
Trinity Knitworks didn't start out a sweatshop. The Los Angeles garment factory with a decades-long history of fair employment was reopened in 1996 amid hope and great fanfare, thanks to a growing economy and a high-profile government loan to its new owners. But even a loyal work force and a host of such blue-chip clients as the Walt Disney Co. and Tommy Hilfiger could not save the company. Trinity folded last month, crushed by mounting debts, foreign competition and lagging sales.
November 24, 1998 |
A Vernon garment manufacturer has accepted responsibility for the alleged wage violations of one of its former sewing contractors in what civil rights attorneys described as a landmark settlement. US Boys, which manufactures sportswear, agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by nine employees of a now-defunct outfit known as ASC Fashion.
September 23, 1997 |
Joined by Labor Secretary Alexis Herman, a group representing about 400 "socially responsible" investment firms on Monday vowed to use their clout to pressure clothing manufacturers and retailers into taking a tougher stand against apparel industry sweatshops.
June 3, 2000 |
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that 23 garment workers in Saipan who anonymously sued several clothing manufacturers can continue to use pseudonyms because of potential retaliation. Saipan is a U.S. territory with a thriving garment industry.
November 5, 1998 |
The apparel union UNITE withdrew from a White House task force on sweatshops, calling the panel's recent recommendations inadequate. The union said it severed its ties because the panel failed to call for a "living wage"--pay that reflects the cost of living--for apparel workers. The task force plans to create a nonprofit agency that would monitor the labor sites of apparel companies around the world, but UNITE said the plan's inspection mechanism is inadequate.