Wolverine World Wide

Tannery workers see little future in their profesion, hope for fairness

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

Harvey White, a second-generation tannery worker who himself has put in 37 years at Wolverine, stood at the annual Wolverine World Wide shareholders meeting on Thursday, April 23. Outside his co-workers were picketing for a fair settlement after losing their jobs as the tannery closed after 125 years in operation. He said the company’s CEO himself explained that 95 [...]

Shoetown no more? Tannery closes doors

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

END OF AN ERA—One hundred years of history ended Saturday when Wolverine closed the doors to the tannery and its former workers. Marsha Pollaski and her husband Jim worked at the tannery in downtown Rockford for 22 years. “I was the first one to break down and start bawling,” she said of the January announcement that the facility would close. ” I [...]

Tannery to close May 15

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

‘We hope to accomplish this closing with the least possible disruption to our employees.’ by BETH ALTENA Wolverine World Wide notified tannery workers on Friday, March 20 of the closing of the Rockford tannery on May 15, 2009. In a letter titled WARN Notification to Union dated March 16, the letter stated that the purpose of the letter was pursuant to the [...]

Thoughts on change and the tannery closing

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Dear Editor, I understand Char Allen’s lament in the Squire, “Why do away with the tannery?” But it reminded me that before 1926, many immigrant husbands and fathers were employed in the orchestra pits of silent movie theaters-a great way for them to compensate for language limitations while blending into a foreign culture. They came to America with the [...]

Tannery to close May 15

March 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

“We hope to accomplish this closing with the least possible disruption to our employees.” by BETH ALTENA Wolverine World Wide notified tannery workers on Friday, March 20 of the closing of the Rockford tannery on May 13, 2009. In a letter titled WARN Notification to Union dated March 16, the letter stated that the purpose of the letter was pursuant to the [...]
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