WMAQ / Dick Johnson
Hartmarx employees promise to stage a sit-in if Wells Fargo gets its wish for a buyer that tries to liquidate the business.
Five hundred workers promised that if Wells Fargo or any company buyer tries to liquidate or close the factory, they'll refuse to leave the premises, according to the Service Employees International Union.
Hartmarx workers are relating their own struggle to what happened Republic Windows and Doors, where hundreds of workers protested when the factory was closed without warning. Eventually, a buyer re-opened the facility and hired back some of the workers.
Last week, Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias promised that Wells Fargo will not be able to do business with the state if Hartmarx is closed. Wells Fargo manages the state's $8 billion portfolio.
SEIU said Hartmarx is the largest menswear manufacturer in the U.S.