ANGELO, UNITE SETTLE: Alfred Angelo Inc. and UNITE have agreed, after a contentious battle, to a three-year contract that preserves 55 unionized jobs in Philadelphia, where the bridal company is based. The old contract expired May 31.
The pact calls for a 5.5 percent wage increase the first year and 3 percent increases in each of the next two years. Employees earn an average of $10 an hour.
Alfred Angelo also uses contractors in New York, and, in a joint statement, the company and union agreed to “work together to preserve the work of Alfred Angelo’s domestic sewing contractors.”
Negotiations heated up in May, when the union staged a mock wedding in front of the company’s showrooms at 1385 Broadway here. UNITE was protesting alleged child labor abuses and wage-and-hour violations at three contractors Alfred Angelo used in Guatemala.
The company denied the charges and claimed its contractors pay “strict adherence” to its corporate requirements. At the time, the firm said it was planning to shift its cutting and material-handling center to Miami from Philadelphia, where it would be closer to its Caribbean production.
The move, involving some 15 jobs, was completed in June. The remaining jobs in Philadelphia are in the firm’s patternmaking and sample sewing room. The contract includes a neutrality agreement in which the company will not prohibit any attempt to organize workers at the new Miami facility and will recognize the union if the workers vote to unionize.
The company also said it “continues its pledge to abide by a code of conduct with foreign vendors and will continue to insist that these vendors comply with applicable local labor laws.”
Alfred Angelo markets wedding gowns, bridal party and prom dresses under a signature collection, a licensed Christian Dior line and the proprietary Michele Piccione Couture, Tina Michele, Dance-Allure, Flirtations and Bridalure labels.
DELTA’S ONYX DEAL: Delta Burke Design has signed a licensing deal with the Onyx Nite division of Jump Apparel for a line of large-size social occasion and prom dresses. The line will be sold under the Delta Burke Collection label and distributed through specialty and department stores and catalogs beginning next month for holiday delivery.
Barry Zelman, senior vice president for merchandising at Delta Burke Design. said the line wholesales for $44 to $79 and is expected to bring in first-year sales of $2.5 million.