Over the next three years, health insurance costs will remain frozen while workers receive the same quality of coverage. Workers also proudly won union dental coverage, paid sick days, and a dollar per hour wage increase.
The mostly hotly contested issue in negotiations was the retirement plan, which the company wanted to gut and replace with a 401K. The workers remained united and ultimately won a 401K plan in which the company pays 60 cents for every hour worked and additionally will contribute 50 cents for every dollar an employee puts in.
The nearly 400 skilled garment workers make high-end clothing for Brooks Brothers and other major retailers. Hailing from a dozen countries and speaking as many languages, workers stuck together through months of demonstrations, letters to the corporate office, and building the union to win.