The Washington Times - March 7, 2010, 07:33PM

Be on the look out for any Oscar attendees in Hugo Boss wear. Danny Glover is looking for them. The U.K. Telegragh is reporting Lethal Weapon actor Danny Glover is up to his usual left-wing activism. He is calling on his fellow actors on the red carpet tonight to wear pins on their lapels reading “Keep the Hugo Boss Plant Open”:

He and the union sent a letter saying 375 workers would lose their jobs if the factory closed and asked Hollywood to “take a small stand for American workers.”


Not surprisingly, Mr. Glover found it easy to side with the labor unions, but Hugo Boss has already explained the company is not globally competitive, but that did not stop Mr. Glover from asking his Hollywood friends to not wear any Hugo Boss fashion items at the Oscars tonight. The Telegraph further reports reaction from Hugo Boss CEO Andreas Stockert:

Hugo Boss, which is based in Metzingen, Germany, said the Cleveland factory is under capacity and not globally competitive. It makes two lines of men’s suits there.

In a letter to workers in December, Hugo Boss chief operating officer Andreas Stockert said that the company had negotiated in good faith with the union and that it had a responsibility to shareholders.

This is not the first conflict between the unions and Hugo Boss. In 2006, union officials demanded a new contract for workers at Hugo Boss (savannahnow):

Union officials have reached a tentative agreement with Hugo Boss on a new contract for workers at the German fashion retailer’s Midway distribution center, Unite Here announced Tuesday.

The workers, mostly African-American women, are paid an average wage of $7.63 an hour and currently have no retirement plan, Unite Here union officials said. Employees have been working without a contract since April.

One source of contention, union officials said: Hugo Boss employees in Ohio earn significantly higher wages and have an employer-funded pension plan.

More recently, in December 2009, when economic times had become worse, Hugo Boss proposed to close a plant in Brooklyn in order to outsource the jobs overseas, which would be less expensive. The unions, of course, complained, either not admitting or realizing that it was a mess of their own making. 

Mr. Glover’s whining over a clothing plant closing is ridiculous in and of itself, because the union leaders he supports continue to squeeze companies to the point where they are forced to lay off American workers and outsource their labor. Who actually wins in the end? Surely it is not the workers or the hapless company.