Saturday, December 6, 2008

Liberty Workers Fight Back- Press Conference & Rally on Nov. 18th, 2008 in NYC

AFTER 9-YEAR DELAY GARMENT SWEATSHOP WORKERS Demand manufacturer Liberty Apparel and owner Albert Nigri pay for years of underpaid wages

This video is from a Press Conference & Demonstration, held on Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 in front of the Liberty Apparel Showroom @ 1407 Broadway, between 38th & 39th Streets

Workers labored over 80 hours a week for less than $3/hr in the Chinatown factories
under Liberty Apparel’s supervision. At times they worked without any pay for
months. Liberty Apparel representatives promised workers they would receive their
pay as soon as they finished sewing the clothing. Instead the factories suddenly
closed down in 1999, still owing 26 workers hundreds of thousands of dollars in
unpaid wages and overtime. Since then, Liberty Apparel has been using the court to
drag out the case and delay responsibility. Still today, owner Albert Nigri has
continued to reap profits by using well-known sweatshops to produce garments for
their Liberty Apparel and Pretty Girl labels. This year marks the 9th dismal year
where scrooge Albert Nigri is ruining the holiday season for workers and their
families that are struggling to get by.

The case against Liberty Apparel will set a legal precedent for the garment industry
as a whole, where larger companies use subcontracting to evade liability.
Furthermore, it will set an example for large companies in the increasing number of
subcontracted industries. Liberty Apparel workers along with Rep. Nydia Velazquez,
State Senator Tom Duan

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