30 Mar '15, 3pm
Is American Apparel no longer sweatshop-free?
needs to stop promoting itself as “sweatshop-free,” according to a coalition of workers who make clothes for Los Angeles-based brand. The stipulation, made by newly established—not to mention loquacious—Coalition of American Apparel Factory Workers United to Save American Apparel on Wednesday, is just one among a list of demands for the company’s new corporate regime, which took control after founder and CEO Dov Charney’s unceremonious ouster in December. Charney, despite numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, has emerged a kind of folk hero among American Apparel’s largely Latin American immigrant workforce. Over the weekend, hundreds of garment workers gathered in a backyard meeting in South Central, where Charney rallied support with a rousing speech: “Don’t ask what you can do for me. Don’t ask what you can do for yourselves. Ask what you can do for the company,” he