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Garment producing firm hunts for workers
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Jul '10
American Apparel, Los Angeles based garment firm, had blamed the federal crackdown on undocumented labourers for dearth in workforce.

About 3,500 employees manufacture just a little more than 1 million apparels per week, but currently, it is short of 1,000 employees, informed the company. This happened post an immigration raid early this year, which lead to the company losing out on around 2,500 employees, most of whom do posses the right immigration documents.

Hence, the company is currently facing a tough challenge of hunting US citizens or legal immigrants who have the experience of apparel industry to fill up the vacancies.

As per the company's lawyer, Peter Schey, the firm, during their search right now, is coming across vast number of applicants for open positions and most of these are members of immigrant community. US citizens don't have the required training.

As per two studies presented by the University of California, Los Angeles apparel industry appoints about 120,000 labour forces, of which 67 percent are immigrants, who work illegally in to the nation for minimum wages.

More so, immigrants who are known to the federal government do not possess the necessary documents, required for the employer to fill the job position.

Depending on the worker's experience and ability, American Apparel jobs fetch them anywhere between $11 – 18 an hour. Hence, those keen on taking up the job have to apply in person, post which the applicant will have to give a test to operate a machine, if they pass the test, they can start their work immediately.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India

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