NAACP, Teamsters Call on MLB to Help End Discrimination at New Era Cap

Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:44pm EST

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Teamsters President Hoffa Joins NAACP Chair Julian Bond for Release of NAACP
Report on Racial Discrimination, Worker Abuse by MLB's Cap Manufacturer 

NAACP Chairman Julian Bond and Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa will hold
a press conference Monday to call on Major League Baseball (MLB) to intervene
with New Era Cap to end discrimination and worker rights violations in the
company's Mobile, Alabama distribution center. New Era Cap is the MLB's
exclusive on-field cap manufacturer and licensor.  

At the press conference, the NAACP will release its report of an investigation
it recently undertook at the request of workers at New Era's Mobile facility.
The report includes firsthand worker stories of racial discrimination and
abusive conditions at the plant. It details a lack of promotion of experienced
black workers; poverty-level wages with significant differences in pay between
black and white workers; and a fierce, retaliatory anti-union campaign, in the
course of which more than 20 workers were terminated. 

Titled "Racial Discrimination, Repression and Retaliation at New Era Cap," the
report recommends actions New Era should take to address the racial
discrimination and worker intimidation revealed in the report.

Reporters outside the Washington, DC metro area can call into the press
conference. A question and answer session will follow the speaking program. 

The teleconference phone number is: (800) 288-8968

If the host asks, you are joining the "NAACP New Era Report Press Conference"
call.

WHO:    
Julian Bond, Chairman of the Board, NAACP
James P. Hoffa, General President, Teamsters Union

WHAT:   
Press conference and release of NAACP report on discrimination and worker
abuse at Alabama facilities of MLB's official cap manufacturer, New Era Cap

WHEN:   
Monday, January 28, 2008
1 p.m.

WHERE:  
Holeman Lounge
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045


CONTACT:  Hilary Shelton, Director, Washington Bureau of the NAACP,
+1-202-463-2940, hoshelton@naacpnet.org; or Galen Munroe, Press Secretary of
Teamsters Union, +1-202-624-6904, gmunroe@teamster.org


/PRNewswire-USNewswire - Jan.25/



SOURCE  International Brotherhood of Teamsters; NAACP
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