Sewing, Los Angeles, CA Jul 21 2015
With all my colleagues here today, our frame of mind is one and the same, we hope that our company can bring in profits and reinstate our workers’ wellbeing. We hope our superiors would care and cherish their workers, but there is only one person who has done so — that person is Dov. He is supportive and radiant, a boss who is very close to us and strong.
My name is Linda, I’ve been at American Apparel for close to 12 years, I’ve witnessed and personally experienced what it takes to be a truly great boss, and I’d like to highlight two very simple examples:
1) When I first started working, there weren’t many Chinese workers. Our boss and his company told us, we need more Chinese people, let’s see more Chinese workers. Steadily, the Chinese workforce grew, it showed us that our boss cared for our people. Every one of us couldn’t understand English, so Dov would help us translate. No matter what happened, even during difficult times, translations would be provided to help us, and we in return could give feedback back to him. He truly helped us from all angles — we are grateful from the bottom of our hearts.
2) Under Dov’s leadership, our company kept on expanding, growing, creating successes, and us workers would receive benefits such as 5 days of work and even overtime sometimes. We frequently had people who wanted to work overtime, and our overtime pay was paid timely. He often brought his team to the production floors, raised his arms and cheered us workers on, told us to keeping going, keep motivated, and work as one. I saw this with my own eyes and was very grateful for this scene. But as many of you know, every year we’d have an off-season and during the off-seasons, Dov still encouraged us. Along with his team, they never stopped motivating everyone to continue to strive. If Dov said it would only take a month or two, then a month or two later our work levels would return back to normal and this made us hopeful. For the company, and for ourselves we put a great effort into earning money. This is something everyone could witness. Every time Dov would come, we would cheer along, his heart and our hearts are connected together. Truly, he is our amazing boss. All of us workers are very touched that this experience had happened before our eyes.
Dov’s achievements span far greater than this! I’ve just given two examples. Seeing our current situation with limitless despair, we hope our true leader can return, we must have a better future, so we must vocalise our heartfelt wishes — WE SUPPORT DOV.
The company needs him! The workers need him even more!