Monday, April 26, 2010

[IWS] NLRB Helps SAVE HUGO BOSS PLANT [23 April 2010]

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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
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Stuart Basefsky
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National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)


NLRB Action Helps To Save Hugo Boss Plant [23 April 2010]

Jobs preserved and new contract reached at Ohio manufacturer Releases/2010/R-2739.htm



Renewed bargaining prompted in part by action taken by the National Labor Relations Board has

resulted in an agreement between employees represented by WORKERS UNITED/SEIU and

clothing manufacturer Hugo Boss that will keep a plant open and preserve several hundred jobs

in Brooklyn, Ohio.


“Clearly, both parties deserve credit for promptly returning to the table and hammering out a new

contract,” said Cleveland NLRB Regional Director Fred Calatrello. “This is a win for everyone,

but most importantly for employees.”


The three-year contract signed this morning and ratified by employees imposes some wage

concessions and provides for possible buyouts, but also calls for the employer to remain in Ohio.

Earlier, Hugo Boss declared that the parties had reached a bargaining impasse and it would close

the Brooklyn plant to move offshore. In response, the union on January 15, 2010, filed a charge

with the NLRB’s Cleveland office alleging that the Company had bargained in bad faith.


After an investigation, Regional Director Calatrello found reasonable cause to believe that the

Company had violated the NLRA. However, before the complaint issued, Hugo Boss entered

into a settlement which provided that the Company would return to the bargaining table and

bargain in good faith with the Union. That bargaining resulted in today’s announcement of a new



The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency vested with the power to

safeguard employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their

bargaining representative. The agency also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices

committed by private sector employers and unions. The NLRB’s Office of the General Counsel

has independent prosecutorial discretion under the National Labor Relations Act to issue

complaints alleging such unfair labor practices.



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