Workers, Clothing Giant Strike Deal to Keep Major League Uniforms Made in USA
February 28, 2007
BANGOR, PA, Feb. 28, 2007 – Five hundred manufacturing jobs will stay put at the Majestic Athletics apparel plant, thanks to a deal struck by VF Corp., who recently acquired Majestic, and UNITE HERE, the union representing plant workers. The agreement ensures that VF Corp. will continue operation in the area, employing 500 workers who have for years produced all official Major League Baseball uniforms.
“Making the uniforms here is a tradition that our community, Pennsylvania, and Major League Baseball can all take pride in. And we are so glad that it will continue,” explained Gail Meyer, associate manager of the Pennsylvania Joint Board of UNITE HERE. “We can keep making great uniforms for America’s pastime, and players and fans can take heart knowing that the game is still played in apparel crafted by productive American workers. It’s a homerun for all of us.”
Under the deal, job security for workers is certain until June 2010, when their current labor contract expires. It also includes wage increases and continued health benefits. Workers at seven Lehigh Valley locations are covered by the contract.
The assurance of job security was welcome news for area residents and those who will continue to work, now under the management of VF Corporation. “We have worked hard to outfit the Major League teams and we’ve felt that the whole community has bragging rights for it – now we can keep on bragging,” said Mary Remel, a UNITE HERE member who has worked in shipping and receiving at Majestic.
“The continuity also means that the teams can count on the same fast turn-around and excellent craftsmanship they’ve come to expect from our workers,” adds Meyer.
UNITE HERE represents approximately 450,000 workers in the hospitality, gaming, food service, laundry and garment and manufacturing industries in the United States and Canada.