Prudential Overall Supply Completes New Labor Agreement

The accord with UNITE HERE is overwhelmingly approved by employees and takes effect immediately.

Irvine, CA - Prudential Overall Supply, an industry leader in image work apparel, announced today that it reached a new labor agreement with UNITE HERE that has been overwhelmingly approved by employees. The agreement takes effect immediately and provides employees with expanded pay and benefits.

The 3-year contract affects employees in 7 plants, including Van Nuys, Carson, 2 Los Angeles locations, Cerritos, Riverside, and Vista. It provides employees with pay increases and enhancements to benefits. The agreement settles all outstanding contract issues between Prudential and UNITE HERE.

“Prudential Overall Supply has been a family owned and operated employer for more than 75 years and we have always had a strong commitment to our employees,” said Tom Watts, president of Prudential Overall Supply. “We are one of the highest paying firms in our very competitive business."

Mr. Watts said that fair dealing with employees is essential to Prudential’s ability to maintain the high quality of service that customers expect and deserve. He said the company’s commitment to the best possible work environment shows: Prudential continues to experience among the best employee retention records in the image work apparel industry.

"It took a lot of hard work and many months to reach this agreement,” said Mr. Watts. He noted that during the long contract talks, the union sometimes employed tactics that were intended to upset the business and that this is, unfortunately, to be expected in some contract negotiations.

“We worked hard to minimize the impact on our employees, and I can assure you that it had no effect on the service we provide to our customers.

Mr. Watts said that as a result of this agreement, UNITE HERE is ending all such efforts and is now working cooperatively with Prudential to ensure the company’s business remains strong.

“I want to thank all of our customers, friends and associates for their support through this process,” said Mr. Watts. “We look forward to continuing to serve our customers with the same high level of service they have always received from Prudential Overall Supply.”

About Prudential Overall Supply

Prudential Overall Supply is dedicated to enhancing our customers’ image at the best dollar value. By providing premium quality work wear uniforms, career apparel and casual wear, Prudential is able to outfit your entire organization. This on-time weekly service also addresses your facility’s image and safety requirements by offering logo floor mats, wiping towels and paper products.

Release date: 07/14/2008

Contact: Jerry Martin, V.P. of Sales & Marketing (949) 250-4850 ext 275

By: Jerry Martin, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Prudential Overall Supply

About the author

Jerry Martin is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Prudential Overall Supply, a leading provider of workplace uniforms and personal protective equipment (PPE) to a wide range of industries and organizations. Currently President of the Board of Directors for the American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) where he works on projects to further the benefits of reusable textiles versus disposable alternatives. Martin also contributes to the Textile Rental Service Association (TRSA) where he is a former chairman of the association's Marketing & PR committee and helped establish TRSA’s international standard for its Clean Green certification program.