Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Garment industry workers, retirees speak out against raid of their assets
Garment industry workers, retirees speak out against raid of their assets
May '09
Workers and retirees who witnessed the invasion of their union offices by agents of former HERE President John Wilhelm issued the following statements:

"I came to MY building, the UNITE HERE offices on 275 7th Avenue this morning and found that followers of John Wilhelm who came in the dead of night are preventing the union from serving its retirees and members. When I visited I felt intimidated and unwelcome in my own union building." - Ruby Jones, President of the Retiree Club

"I heard with my own ears the Judge say our assets are to stay where they are for now. What is Wilhelm trying to do? He can't serve members and retirees by force! Their actions demonstrate that former HERE leadership believes they are above the law. We built assets like the building on 275 Seventh Avenue by the sweat of our brows since 1903!" - Joe Raico, Union member, Local 10

"We call on John Wilhelm to resolve the conflict between Workers United and UNITE HERE through arbitration. His actions are hurting the entire labor movement, not just retirees and they need to end. Their actions demonstrate that former HERE leadership believes they are above the law." - Retiree, Roosevelt Alexander

The following actions transpired Friday May 22, 2009
• At approximately 4:00 am this morning, representatives of the union faction led by John Wilhelm came to the UNITE HERE International Headquarters on 275 7th Avenue with security guards and a locksmith.
• John Wilhelm and his agents lied to the security guards already guarding the space claiming that they had a court order to take the building.
• John Wilhelm and his agents forcibly gained access to the UNITE HERE offices. They broke into the locked executive offices of UNITE HERE President Bruce Raynor and key staff who support the union's organizing campaigns.
• Records and computers were seen being taken out of the building.
• At the last court hearing about the union's assets Judge Daniels ruled that no one is supposed to take any radical actions regarding the union's assets without the court's explicit approval.

Workers United Union

Must ReadView All

Courtesy: American Apparel

Apparel/Garments | On 25th Feb 2017

Gildan to make some American Apparel products outside US

Gildan Activewear, which recently acquired US fashion brand American...

Courtesy: Kolon Sport

Apparel/Garments | On 25th Feb 2017

Kolon Sport to set up JV with ANTA for Chinese market

Kolon Sport, an outdoor gear and clothing brand of Korea based Kolon...

Designer Karishma Jumani with Niraj Jawanjal, founder and director of IIFW. Courtesy: IIFW

Textiles | On 25th Feb 2017

IIFW to bring together premium lingerie brands

India Intimate fashion Week (IIFW), dedicated to showcasing the...

Interviews View All

Amit Jain
Shingora Textiles Ltd

‘In terms of fabric, the fastest growing category for us is a blend of...

Mandeep Nagi
Shades of India

Women value something that is unique and has a flavour of India

Vasanth Kumar
Max Fashion India

‘Traditional high-street retailers are now willing to offer franchisees to ...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Marten Alkhagen
Swerea IVF AB

Marten Alkhagen, Senior Scientist - Nonwoven and Technical Textiles of...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Igor Chapurin

"Now we can see the Russian trend in international fashion. And Russian...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

February 2017

February 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search