NEW YORK — Two employees of a Warnaco Group Inc. distribution center in Altoona, Pa., filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board Friday charging that Unite’s right to negotiate for the site’s 75 workers was...
NEW YORK — Two employees of a Warnaco Group Inc. distribution center in Altoona, Pa., filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board Friday charging that Unite’s right to negotiate for the site’s 75 workers was improperly recognized.
The workers, Helen Holdsworth and Donna Marie Taneyhill, both of Altoona, each filed a pair of identical complaints against Unite and Warnaco. They claim that the card-check process by which the union was recognized last month was improper and assert that a majority of the site’s workers have signed a petition saying they never signed union cards. They called for a decertification of the union’s representation at the facility.
The legal work for their petitions was funded by the National Right to Work Foundation, a group that supports people who do not want to be members of unions.
Unite has used the card-check procedure in several recent campaigns, notably last year’s successful effort to organize workers at a Brylane distribution center in Indianapolis. In the card-check procedure, a neutral third party is hired to count union cards to determine if a majority of workers have agreed to join. The NLRB considers both card checks and formal elections to be valid.
Steve Weingarten, the director of Unite’s industrial department, said card checks allow workers to ratify a union “without having to go through the kind of intimidation and threats and coercion that some employees like to use to dissuade union organization.”
A Warnaco spokesman said the company had signed a “neutrality agreement” with the union during the organizing drive and did not lobby employees for or against the union. He noted that Unite has represented employees at a nearby distribution center in Duncansville for over 20 years.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia