Saturday, September 30, 2006

Tell Hugo Boss to put compassion in its fashions

Tell Hugo Boss to Stop Being a Fashion Disaster
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Hugo Boss is one of the world's most well-known clothing companies. The upscale apparel maker is famous for its fashions, its cologne, and especially for its pricey designer suits. For a profitable company known for its expensive wares, it's decidedly cheap with its workers!

Although the company has reported record sales of over $1.57 billion and net profits of over $120 million, the company is refusing to fund a pension plan for its warehouse workers, and only offering a 30-cent wage increase this year, postponing much needed adjustments that workers desperately need now!

Tell Hugo Boss it's Fashionable to Pay Fair Wages – Act Now

Workers at the Hugo Boss distribution center in Savannah, GA, have been working without a contract since April. The workers, mostly African-American women, are paid an average wage of $7.63 an hour and have no retirement plan.

Urge Hugo Boss to respect its workers and negotiate a fair contract:

These are tough times for many companies, but not for Hugo Boss. In addition to its record sales, the company's share price rose more than 30% over the last year! At the same time, the cost of living in Savannah, including gas prices and everyday expenses, is rising.

Says Lorenzo Walker, one of the distribution employees at Hugo Boss:

"We've got bills to pay. We've got families to feed. All we want in return is a fair wage increase and a start for our pension."

Tell Hugo Boss that its workers, like Lorenzo, need and deserve a real wage increase and an employer-funded retirement plan now!

It doesn't have to be this way. The rest of the company's U.S. distribution and manufacturing workers have a pension and much higher wages. But the wages Hugo Boss offered to its Savannah full-time workers still put them below the federal poverty line!

Take one moment to email Anthony Lucia, President and CEO of Hugo Boss, and ask that he do the right thing.

Your action will make a big difference in the lives of these workers!

Liz Cattaneo
American Rights at Work

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