Of all things, fashion became a bargaining issue in the new contract between Caterpillar Inc. and the United Auto Workers.
The new labor contract includes a ban on “competitor apparel,” and names 19 companies that workers can’t tout on shirts, buttons, stickers or signage while on the job.
On one hand, it’s understandable why a company would look down on seeing employees sporting a competitor’s name or logo at work.
On the other hand, it’s sad to see a workforce dispirited enough to that workers choose to wear the competition’s gear. If you were to spot Ronald McDonald wearing one of those paper Burger King crowns, you might wonder what’s going on at the Golden Arches.