American Apparel goes public but what will this mean for workers?

Dov Charney built this business and has remained controversial with
his sexist antics as cataloged in multiple print articles over the
years. (You can find a small smattering of them on Musicians Against Sweatshops' website and
American Apparel gained worldwide notoriety (and sales) for their
sweatshop free claim yet for years many among the anti sweatshop
activist community have remained very critical of American Apparel's
self designation.

I have been a consistent outspoken voice against American Apparel's sweatshop free status.
Mr. Charney and his cohorts have continued to spew anti-union venom
which of course plays a clear role in whether American Apparel workers'
feel they are free to make their own choice about unionizing. His
Communications Director Cynthia Semon has continued to ambush anyone
outspoken against American Apparel and has even threatened various
lawsuits against nonprofits and independent media outlets alike in
order to keep negative press of American Apparel out of the public eye.
If American Apparel can successfully force others to back down, imagine
the intimidation when the line managers at the American Apparel factory
in Los Angeles are telling workers to vote against forming a union.

This recent sell of American Apparel frankly scares the hell out of
me given that these workers have relied on Mr. Charney to keep his word
about wages, health benefits, and other positive worker policies. Now
its unclear whether an American Apparel job will be a good one. As I
have continued to say about American Apparel, Mr. Charney can give out decent wages but at the end of the day he can also take them away. And the workers won't have any control over this without a collective bargaining agreement.

My only hope is that the American Apparel workers will realize how
vulnerable they are given that not all bosses will pay them decently
and without a union contract they are at the whim of those calling the shots who often don't have workers' best interests as a priority.

The International Labor Rights Fund and many other orgs have endorsed a list of companies that truly are sweatshop free as they follow clear guidelines which can be found here.



re: American Apparel goes public but what will this mean for wor

Taking shots at a company that pays a great, living wage, is located within the United States, and that is not a sweatshop when compared to what you're going to find elsewhere - I'll take American Apparel. They ain't perfect, but they make a genuine effort

re: American Apparel goes public but what will this mean for wor

Oh believe me they do use intimidation tactics to control and manipulate their workers. I was one of them. After constantly feeling like I was going to lose my job I had informed my district manager that it was an unfair labour standard to threaten the dismissal or coerce the dismissal of an employee. Needless to say I quit.. And now understand the shady underlines of why they aren't unionized.

re: American Apparel goes public but what will this mean for wor

The company has not been bought by anyone. There was an error in reporting made by the new york times, and many other newspaper took their information from them. American Apparel has merged with Endevour, who are restricted to only merge with the one company, creating one entity, which Dov Charney will remain the CEO of. What does this mean for the employees? Dov Charney has frozen his shares in the company for 3 years and has taken a 1$ a year salary for the next 3 years in exchange for 2 million dollars to be given to every employee in the company in shares. Every single employee, from the garment workers, to the retail stock people, to the management team will receive 500 shares in the company which they can redeem after 18 months within the company. There were two deals in the works, one that would give the company a few million dollars more, but nothing for the employees, and Dov Charney opted for the SPAC deal. Wages will not be changed, if anything he has plans to give raises and bonuses to well deserving employees, from the ground floor up. He is still in complete control of the company's direction, and the merge was reliant on the fact the Jonathan Ladecky was so appreciative of Dov's politics. THE COMPANY WAS NOT SOLD TO ANYBODY. Thank you