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Hugo Boss workers remain hopeful amid closure plans

Around 170 Hugo Boss workers will lose their jobs if the factory closes. (Source: WOIO) Around 170 Hugo Boss workers will lose their jobs if the factory closes. (Source: WOIO)
Combined, Sheila McVey and Wanda Navarro have worked at the Hugo Boss plant for more than four decades. They plan to fight to keep their jobs. (Source: WOIO) Combined, Sheila McVey and Wanda Navarro have worked at the Hugo Boss plant for more than four decades. They plan to fight to keep their jobs. (Source: WOIO)
BROOKLYN, OH (WOIO) -

The Hugo Boss plant is set to close this spring, leaving workers worried about their uncertain future. 

Sheila McVey has worked at the Brooklyn Hugo Boss factory for 33 years. Wanda Navarro has been employed at the factory for 14 years. They are both still trying to take in the news, delivered two weeks ago, that the factory is scheduled to close.  

"The first time they told us I wasn't able to sleep, to eat, I would just cry and cry," Navarro said. 

Union leaders are trying, they say, to sit down with Hugo Boss management to discuss the reasons for the scheduled factory closing. They're hopeful of working on a solution to keep the factory operating. However, Hugo Boss management, according to union leaders, is willing to discuss only shutdown procedures and severance. As a result, there have been no talks. 

The news of the shutdown has come at a tough time, just before the holidays. 

"That's our livelihood. It pays our bills and keeps a roof over our head and food on the table," said McVey. 

In 2010, Hugo Boss planned to close the factory, but workers and the union rallied to keep the factory open. Now they plan to do the same. 

Hollywood's Danny Glover, an activist, stepped in, which the union believes he may do again. The union plans demonstrations, and workers, like Navarro, are ready for the battle. 

"I don't care if I am crying right now. I am a strong person and I am going to give them a fight. If that's what they want, that's what they'll get," she said.

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