Los Angeles, CA, United States (CNS) – Veteran actor Danny Glover has urged Oscar nominees and attendees to boycott Hugo Boss at the prestigious awards show. The “Lethal Weapon” star sent letters to fellow actors and industry players, asking them not to wear the fashion label at the show.
The 63-year-old star, in collaboration with labor union Workers United, wants Hollywood to take a stand on behalf of almost 400 employees in Hugo Boss Cleveland plant, who are set to lose their jobs when the company closes in April.
He also asks attendees to wear a pin they were sent, which reads: “Keep the Hugo Boss Plant Open,” to show solidarity with the workers.
The letter reads: “Hugo Boss suits have been a favorite at the Oscars for decades, and for years, Hugo Boss has been making high-quality suits at a factory near Cleveland that employs nearly 400 hard working women and men.”
“But over the winter holidays, Hugo Boss sent letters to these dedicated employees saying that they would no longer have jobs by April. The workers are productive, and the plant is profitable. But Hugo Boss has decided it can make even more profit by moving production to Turkey or Eastern Europe.”
Although the company did not directly address Glover’s letter, it offered a statement, telling TheWrap that the Cleveland plant is “not globally competitive.”
“Hugo Boss tried in vain to find ways to make it globally competitive, and when that effort failed, we acted in the best interests of shareholders and customers by deciding to close the facility.”