“Radical Transparency” is the mission of clothing company, Everlane. They want customers to know everything about how they make and price their clothing. Their about section of their website includes descriptions like this:
We believe our customers have a right to know how much their clothes cost to make. We reveal the true costs behind all of our products–from materials to labor to transportation–then offer them to you, minus the traditional retail markup.
It sounds fantastic, but some of their employees say that transparency is only for customers and not for employees, and, as such, they are forming a union. Citing poor pay and that while Everlane wants its clothes to last forever, they treat employees as disposable. It’s not a pretty picture.
Everlane, of course, counters that there are downsides to unionization and Vice reports that Kelly McLaughlin, head of the People division at Everlane, sent emails regarding the union drive, pointing out these downsides, including lack of individual communication. (Vice points out, correctly, that all this can depend on the union contract.)
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