Let's Talk: Hugo Boss schedule more talks for later this Month

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - No deal yet, but more talks are scheduled as Hugo Boss workers fight to save their jobs.

The two sides met Thursday and will be back at the bargaining table April 21st.

Hugo Boss insists they need to cut costs and had planned to ship more than 300 jobs overseas.

Wednesday, workers rallied with some help from Gov. Ted Strickland and actor Danny Glover.

Below is a statement from Hugo Boss followed by Workers United, on Thursday's talks:

HUGO BOSS today announced that despite a thorough discussion of the issues and an open exchange of ideas between bargaining teams for HUGO BOSS Cleveland and Workers United, no agreement was reached.  With the guidance of the federal mediator, we expect to meet again to continue our good faith bargaining for a mutually acceptable result.  Talks are scheduled for April 21st.

Statement from Workers United following negotiations with Hugo Boss in Cleveland at the office of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on Thursday, April 8, 2010:

Cleveland - Today, representatives of Workers United and officials of Hugo Boss held a bargaining session at the Cleveland region of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

We made a substantial offer designed to save the jobs at the Hugo Boss factory in Brooklyn, Ohio. Our proposal would enable the company to maintain its global competitiveness. The company did not respond with an agreement today.

We are committed to saving the jobs of the more than 300 workers in Cleveland who have made Hugo Boss successful. We encourage the company to be flexible and to join the factory workers, the Cleveland community and elected leaders who are trying to save this plant.

Our bargaining team included five long-term workers from the plant. They, along with many of the workers they represented today, have dedicated all of their working lives to making Hugo Boss continue to be a successful company.

We will continue our campaign to fight to save the jobs of our members. The union and Hugo Boss will return to the bargaining table on April 21st.

Workers United, SEIU is a union of 150,000 workers in the US and Canada who work in the manufacturing, distribution, laundry, food service, hospitality, gaming, apparel and textile industries.

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