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Dov Charney Closing American Apparel Factory for May Day Strike

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Depending on who you ask, Dov Charney is either executing a clever PR campaign or fighting for the rights of the people today by closing down his American Apparel factory in Los Angeles to allow -- nay, encourage! -- workers to participate in the May Day strikes.

Charney, who is American Apparel's much-maligned and always controversial CEO, will shut the workplace between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. today, reports Blogdowntown. He tells the website that he's standing up for his workers and workers around the country, particularly those who are undocumented.

"Immigrants are good," he said. "They're good for Los Angeles, they're good for America, they're not only hardworking people but they bring the motivational energy that creates jobs and creates prosperity."

Charney says that he'll also march in the strikes alongside his employees. According to City News Service, the maven of hipster attire said in a statement that he wants to "show his support for the fair treatment of all workers, domestically and internationally, and his unwavering support for prompt, fair, and effective immigration reform in the United States."

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