LOS ANGELES — About a decade ago, apparel manufacturers marched in Sacramento to protest rising workers’ compensation costs, and this year may call for a repeat.
Or at least a surge in local rabble-rousing at state congressional offices to reform the system, according to speakers from the political action network, the Independent Business Coalition, who spoke to a sparsely attended meeting last Wednesday of the Garment Contractors Association of Southern California. Already beset by an unfriendly economic climate and stringent state regulations, apparel firms are having trouble weathering skyrocketing premiums — with increases ranging from 20 percent to 250 percent — for workers’ compensation.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"