N.J. Says Some Striking ACTWU Workers May Be Eligible For Unemployment Benefits
NEW YORK -- The New Jersey Department of Labor said Monday it has determined that some of the 700 members of the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union involved in a dispute against 11 dyeing and finishing firms may be eligible for...
NEW YORK -- The New Jersey Department of Labor said Monday it has determined that some of the 700 members of the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union involved in a dispute against 11 dyeing and finishing firms may be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Michael Malloy, the director of the department's division of programs, said that under New Jersey law, unemployment benefits cannot be granted during a curtailment of production, such as a strike or lockout. However, if a company has hired replacement workers, or enough union members have crossed the lines, then some of the workers could be eligible.
Malloy said the unemployment benefit applications "are being looked at on a case-by-case basis."
The investigation, which is continuing, will eventually encompass all 11 firms involved in the dispute.
"Although I can't give an exact date, we expect to finish the investigation sometime soon," Malloy said, adding that his department doesn't get involved with the merits or the arguments of the issues.
As reported, the plants -- 10 of which are represented by management group CP Associates -- are locking out the members.
The plants are refusing to accept a contract proposal by State Labor Commissioner Raymond Bramucci, which ended a 54-day strike on Dec. 15 and sent back about 700 workers to 10 other plants.
A union organizer said that while he would rather have the workers back at the plants, the unemployment benefits "will help some of the people get by -- but there's still a long way to go before we are satisfied in this matter with the plants."
Bruce McMoran, counsel for CP Associates, said his organization will be monitoring the situation closely.
Meanwhile, both sides are slated to meet Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Saddle River, N.J., to try and end their dispute.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion
@carmeloanthony is upping his fashion game once again, introducing a hat collection with @goorinbros. Called Fresh Greens by Melo x Goorin, the line consists of five unisex models, all of which are made in America from 100 percent wool. Each hat is lined with Anthony’s signature and the inscription “Knowledge of self, wisdom and understanding.” You can purchase the collection line at Goorin’s website as well as three off its stores in San Francisco, New York City and Las Vegas #wwdaccessories
“I am of tradition, but that doesn’t mean I have an old outlook on life,” Hubert de Givenchy told WWD in an interview in 1978. The legendary designer, who died last week at the age of 91, achieved wide success soon after launching his own couture boutique in the early ’50s, but he refused to pine for that time. For the first time since its original publication, read our interview with Givenchy on his awe for Audrey Hepburn and looking forward. Link in bio. #wwdarchives #fbf (📷: Pierre Schermann)
About last night: @alexachung and @supergausa toasted the launch of their capsule collection. “It’s the shape that I love, so rather than amend the last and make the sole crazy or do anything wild, we just did really subtle additions that I think make it look really luxe-y,” said Chung. #wwdfashion (📷: Marc Patrick)
Exclusive: @off____white’s @virgilabloh is launching an exclusive eyewear capsule collection @sunglasshut. The unisex collection, which is made up of three styles, first made its debut on the brand’s fall runway show in Paris. Get all the details on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion