ALBANY, N.Y. — Thousands of garment workers chanted "shame on Pataki" as they protested outside the New York State Capitol demanding that the legislature change the workers’ compensation system, end mandatory overtime and expand health...
ALBANY, N.Y. — Thousands of garment workers chanted "shame on Pataki" as they protested outside the New York State Capitol demanding that the legislature change the workers’ compensation system, end mandatory overtime and expand health coverage.
The Campaign for Workers’ Health & Safety, sponsored by the National Mobilization Against Sweatshops, called on Gov. George E. Pataki to resign because of what they called his "dismal health record."
A spokeswoman for the campaign said: "Today, we brought busloads of injured workers who have been suffering under Pataki’s eight years as governor, waiting five, 10, sometimes 20 years for basic medical treatment and compensation benefits."
The group claimed to have tried many other avenues to discuss the problems with government officials. But Jon Sullivan, public information officer for the Workers’ Compensation Board, said: "We’ve offered to meet with this group on numerous occasions to discuss their concerns and they have flatly refused. If a group repeatedly declines to even engage in discussion, it’s pretty clear that they have no interest in being reasonable and would rather engage in theatrics.
"The bottom line is that no administration has ever done more to provide help and assistance to those in need and it’s just truly unfortunate that this group would attempt to distort the record in such an irresponsible fashion."
Sullivan said the board has established records for case resolutions and has resolved more than 600,000 claims in two years.
New legislation was introduced last year in the state Assembly that would have changed the Workers’ Compensation Law and the Labor Law to establish an interim benefits program and a minimum regarding the average weekly wage, as well as prohibit mandatory overtime. Catherine T. Nolan, a Democrat from Queens who is chairwoman of the Assembly Labor Committee, sponsored the bill, for which there has been no action.
"This bill would expedite the Workers’ Compensation claims filing process and create a review process to ensure that claimants are treated fairly and expeditiously," Nolan said.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews