May 11, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Los Angeles, CA – The American Apparel clothing company hyped its brand by advertising that its merchandise was made in Los Angeles, not in foreign sweatshops—but now the union trying to organize its almost 4,000 workers is calling for a boycott.
“If you’re used to buying American Apparel and think that the company is great and that the whole concept of paying fair wages in [the garment] industry was what made the company a huge success, then we invite you now to boycott the brand, because it is no longer sweatshop-free,” General Brotherhood of American Apparel Workers President Stephanie Padilha dos Santos said. Layoffs and pay cuts began in January 2015, after the hedge fund Standard General took control of the bankrupt company, and Padilha says it has been outsourcing work to sweatshop-style operations in the area. Read more