Chicago workers’ struggle continues

This is a report from CNN in the USA about concessions by Bank of America to the workers occupying the Chicago factory.

From Associated Press in the USA:

Union says sit-in at factory not over yet

December 9, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Union leaders say a five-day sit-in at a Chicago factory is still on.

A resolution appears closer after Bank of America offered limited loans to Republic Windows and Doors so it could resolve claims of laid-off workers staging the sit-in.

But union spokeswoman Leah Fried says it’s too soon to know if it’ll be called off. She says workers would have to vote on any final agreement. But she says there’s still no such deal.

About 200 laid-off workers have taken turns occupying the factory, vowing to stay until they receive assurances of severance and accrued vacation pay.

The factory closed Friday after Bank of America canceled its financing. The bank’s been criticized for cutting off the plant’s credit after taking federal bailout money.

UE trade union on this: here.

Worldwide support for Chicago workers: here.

Interviews with Chicago workers: here.

1 thought on “Chicago workers’ struggle continues

  1. About 250 employees of Republic Windows and Doors plant in Chicago, IL began an occupation of the plant on Friday, Dec. 5, the last scheduled day of the plant’s operation. The workers, members of the United Electrical Workers Union Local 1110, were not given the legally mandated 60-day prior notification of the plant’s closing; also the plant’s management and owners did not show up to a meeting with the workers scheduled for Dec. 5.

    The workers decided to occupy the plant. They have vowed to stay in the plant until they receive, at the very least, 60 days pay. The owners say that they had to close because Bank of America refused to extend them any more credit. The Bank of America has received hundreds of billions of dollars over the past three months in bailout money from the government.

    These workers, who are overwhelmingly Latin@ immigrants, have taken a courageous stand by putting their bodies on the line in their fight for the right to feed their families and to be treated with respect and dignity like all human beings. In a way, they are fighting for the rights of all workers who are under attack, whether they are restaurant workers, public employees or auto workers fighting to hold on to their jobs and union.

    We must stand with them.

    To all–no matter what your circumstances are–who are outraged over mass layoffs, home foreclosures and are watching the government spend literally trillions of dollars to bail out banks while doing nothing to stop the massive layoffs and evictions that are beating down working and poor people, take a stand in solidarity with these workers in Chicago. You could be next.

    Jobs at a living wage are a right!

    An appeal issued by Bail Out the People Movement

    Dec. 7, 2008

    Endorse | List Local Action

    Local Actions:
    Sun, Dec 7, 10:30 AM Jessie Jackson and Rainbow PUSH deliver turkeys to workers occupying Republic Windows and Doors factory, 1333 N Hickory st. (near corner of Halsted and Division)
    Monday, Dec 8th, 12 noon – Press Conference before UE workers meet with Bank of America and company executives. Supports welcome, bring food and monetary donations.
    Tuesday, Dec 9th, 12 noon – Solidarity action at Bank of America, 231 S. LaSalle, Chicago, IL

    Atlanta, GA:
    Thursday, Dec. 11, 12 Noon – Bank of America – contact for details.

    Baltimore, MD:
    Wednesday, Dec. 10, Emergency Demonstration at Bank of America, Downtown Corner of Redwood and Light Street. Call 410-467-6132 for details.

    Charlotte, NC:
    Monday, Dec 8th, 12 Noon – Picket at Bank of American national Headquarters to support Republic workers. Corner of Trade St and Tryon in downtown Charlotte. Organized by UE local 150. call Dante Strobino at 919-539-2051 for more info

    Detroit, MI:
    Wednesday, Dec 10 12:00 noon – PROTEST RALLY, WEDS., DEC. 10, 12:00 NOON – BANK OF AMERICA, Guardian Building, Congress at Griswold, downtown Detroit

    NYC, NY:
    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 12 Noon, Bank of America, 261 Broadway


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