UNITE HERE launches North America wide campaign to save hundreds of
TORONTO, March 11 /CNW/ - Moores, the successful men's suit retailer with
over a hundred stores across Canada, is turning its back on Canadian workers
and customers with the announcement it will shut down its Montreal
manufacturing arm, Golden Brand. UNITE HERE, the union representing workers at
Golden Brand, today announced a campaign to ask Canadians to help save those
"Moores is turning its back on hundreds of workers and the factory in
Montreal that built this retail empire in Canada," said Alex Dagg, Co-Director
of UNITE HERE Canada. "It is also turning its back on its many customers who
have relied on Moores as a place to purchase quality, Made-in-Canada suits. By
shutting down Golden Brand and throwing hundreds of Canadian manufacturing
workers out of work, Moores and its owner, The Men's Wearhouse, are sending a
strong signal to Canadians about how little they respect them - as loyal
workers or as loyal customers."
Golden Brand has operated in Montreal for more than 40 years and was the
foundation of the company that operated the Moores retail stores in Canada. In
1999, Moores was purchased by the American retail giant, The Men's Wearhouse.
"The most outrageous thing is that the company that owns Moores and
Golden Brand is profitable," said Lina Aristeo, the Director of the Quebec
Council of UNITE HERE. "Men's Wearhouse has been increasing its income year
after year and now it is turning its back on hundreds of workers who made that
profit, many of whom have worked for Golden Brand for decades. This is
At an early morning press conference outside the Golden Brand Factory,
Aristeo, joined by FTQ President Michel Arsenault and Golden Brand workers,
vowed to fight to save these manufacturing jobs.
"We're going directly to Moores customers in Canada and even The Men's
Wearhouse's customers in the US," said Aristeo. "We know there are many
customers who are sick and tired of seeing good manufacturing jobs being
eliminated so that profitable companies like Men's Wearhouse can extract even
higher profits by shipping work offshore. We are going to be speaking to those
customers, here in Montreal and then across Canada and the United States. We
are going to ask them to join us in telling Men's Wearhouse and Moore's that
enough is enough. Stop shipping our jobs overseas and still expecting us to be
your customers and shop in your stores."
Men's Wearhouse recorded profits of $148,575,000 in 2007, an increase of
more than 100% in two years, increasing its sales in that same period by more
"To be kicked out after giving twenty years to this company - it's very
hard," said Claudia Martinez, who has worked at Golden Brand for 20 years. "An
American company has come in and is doing whatever it wants to make money.
Without good jobs like these, how will we take care of our children and give
them the opportunities and education that we didn't have? We will do whatever
we can to keep this place open."
UNITE HERE represents more than 450,000 active union members in Canada
and the U.S., including those who sew, ship and sell clothing. With more than
a century of history in the apparel industry, the union has fought to improve
working conditions in North America and in sweatshops overseas.
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