US workers occupy factory in Chicago

This video from the USA is called Labor Beat: The Occupation of Republic Windows and Doors – Dec 2008.

From Associated Press in the USA:

Dec 6, 11:27 AM EST

Angry laid-off workers occupy factory in Chicago

CHICAGO — Workers laid off from their jobs at a Chicago factory have occupied the building and are demanding assurances they’ll get severance and vacation pay that they say they are owed.

About 200 employees of Republic Windows and Doors began staging the sit-in in shifts this week after learning the plant was closing Friday.

Leah Fried (LAY’-uh FREED’), an organizer with the United Electrical Workers, says Republic failed to give 60 days’ notice required by law.

Chicago police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak says police are aware of the situation and are patrolling the area.

From the Chicago Tribune:

The company, which has been in business since 1965, told employees Wednesday that its main lender, Bank of America, had canceled its line of credit due to a severe downturn in business at the plant.

“Banks are in the business to make money and at some point they have to make a business decision and that’s what this is,” Zimmerman [of Bank of America] said.

The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, which represents 260 workers at the factory, is protesting the closing, saying workers were not given the 60 days’ notice of a mass layoff as required by federal law, and has been told workers will not receive their vacation pay. The union is directing its ire at Bank of America, not Republic.

See also report here. And here.

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Bush yanks union rights from 8,600 federal workers; here.

USA: Who caused the great crash of 2008? Here.

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