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Hugo Boss, Union Discuss Alternatives To Closure

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 4:12am

BROOKLYN, Ohio (AP) — Hugo Boss and union leaders have met with a federal mediator without reaching an immediate agreement on the planned closure of a men's suit factory near Cleveland, which could cost 375 jobs.

The union wants to prevent the scheduled April 27 shutdown of the Brooklyn, Ohio, plant and avoid big pay cuts. The union says the plant is making money, but Hugo Boss says it's not globally competitive.

The union says it made an offer on Thursday designed to save jobs and enable the company to maintain global competitiveness. The company says the sides had a thorough discussion and an open exchange of ideas.

The sides expect to meet again April 21.

Gov. Ted Strickland attended a union rally on Wednesday, and actor Danny Glover made a return appearance to back the workers.

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