By  on May 13, 2009

WASHINGTON — A group of 450 Hickey Freeman workers in Rochester voted Tuesday to stage a sit-in if a buyer or a bank tries to close their plant or liquidate the bankrupt parent company, Hartmarx Corp., according to a Workers United spokeswoman.

The vote follows a similar move by 500 Hartmarx employees at a Hart Schaffner Marx plant outside Chicago, who rallied Monday to pressure Wells Fargo-Wachovia, the primary lender, to allow the company to stay afloat and give bidders a chance to purchase the historic men’s clothing firm, which has been one of President Obama’s go-to tailors.

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