Workers walk; Main St. ops to close

October 2003
Home Textiles Today;10/27/2003, Vol. 25 Issue 9, p2
Trade Publication
Joan Fabrics Corp. has decided to close its Main Street Textiles 'state of the art' fabrics manufacturing facility in Fall River, Massachusetts by April 30, 2004. The decision stemmed from an unexpected walkout of a significant portion of the workforce in Fall River on October 14, 2003. While most of the workers returned to work on October 20, 2003, the presently non-union facility is organizing a union movement according to Martie Voland, assistant manager of the New England joint board of the Union of Needletraders, Industrial and Textile Employees. The management has circulated a memo to all associates dated October 17, that layoffs would begin on that date and continue at various times, subject to the availability of work.


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