American Apparel’s woes are only continuing since the ouster of its founder Dov Charney.
just announced the layoff of almost 200 employees, which is, in turn, causing it union problems.
The jobs will be cut from its Los Angeles area plant. The company is said to be $200 million in debt.
Due to the many firing the company’s employees have been meeting with union organizers, according to The New York Post. But American Apparel is afraid of having to deal with a unionized labor force and has been meeting with its employees in small groups as part of an attempt to discourage such organizing.
American Apparel factory worker Ana Amador told The New York Post, “They took us to meetings inside the company to intimidate us. They’re saying those of us that have been organizing are on the outside, that we’ve been provoking this. The truth is, we’re on the inside.”
The Post reported on further attempts at intimidation on the part of the company.
In response, American Apparel stated, “These allegations are categorically false. We support our employees’ rights to express their views, and are committed to engaging in an active dialogue with them.”
Hermandad Mexicana, a migrant worker advocacy group, has reported already signed up as many as 1, 200 of the company’s 3, 000 unskilled workers.