We Know This Story: Cleveland Clothing Workers Getting the Shaft

What the Labor Battle

at Hugo Boss Means for

Our Economic Future

By Robert Creamer
The Huffington Post

Feb. 8, 2010 – It’s the red carpet season in Hollywood. That means high-end apparel companies like Hugo Boss are promoting iconic celebrities to wear their clothing line at the Oscars and other award ceremonies.

But for the workers who make these suits in Cleveland, Ohio, it’s a season of a different shade — that of the pink slip. And the result is an iconic labor battle that is emblematic of many of the most important issues facing our economy.

Just after Christmas, Germany-based Hugo Boss messengered pink slips to the 400 employees at its Cleveland, Ohio manufacturing facility. The employees were told that they were being laid off and the plant was being closed.

Hugo Boss was not closing the facility because it was losing money — or, for that matter, because the company was in bad financial condition. Quite the contrary. Continue reading We Know This Story: Cleveland Clothing Workers Getting the Shaft