Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Texas based 'Men's Warehouse' which also owns Moores and MW Tux has announced that it will close its Montreal factory. This factory, Golden Brands, has been making suits since 1961, and the corporation is giving little thought to the 600 workers that will unemployed in the service of making still higher profits by moving production to sweatshops elsewhere in the world. Here is the appeal from Unite, the union representing the Montreal workers. You can read more and join the online campaign to pressure Men's Warehouse to keep the factory open by going to .
Tell George Zimmer: Our Jobs Matter!
This February, Texas-based men’s apparel giant Men’s Wearhouse – which owns Canadian retail chain Moores as well as MW Tux – announced it will close its Montréal factory where suits for the company are made, leaving 600 workers out in the cold.

Men’s Wearhouse CEO George Zimmer claims they have no choice but to close the factory in order to “remain competitive” – this from a company that reported revenue of $1.9 billion last year. From the same company that has seen its net income more than double between 2005 and 2007 – something doesn’t add up!
By moving its clothing production to countries where low pay is the norm, we suspect that Men’s Wearhouse executives think they can cut costs and pocket larger profits.

Since 1961, workers at Golden Brand factory in Montreal have been making quality suits, helping to build the reputation of Moores and later its parent company, Men’s Wearhouse – and this is how they’re repaid.

You can help workers like Nelia Tavares(see photo above-Molly), who has worked at Golden Brand as a machine operator for 16 years, and her husband who is also employed there.

“I don’t know what I’ll do without this job,” she explains. “The company is forgetting about the workers who have given years of their lives to make the company strong.”

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