Economic crisis, workers’ reactions


This video from the USA says about itself:

On the fourth day of the occupation of the Republic Windows and Doors Factory in Goose Island, supporters gather to hear the result of a meeting with Bank of America and the employer.

The economic crisis continues.

So do workers’ struggles for their rights.

Rally for Republic Windows and Glass workers in Chicago: here.

From the site of the UE trade union in the USA:

10 December, 2008

CHICAGO

After the conclusion of negotiations Wednesday evening, the membership of Local 1110, more than 200 workers, met in the plant cafeteria to hear and consider the tentative settlement that had been worked out by UE negotiators over the past three days.

The settlement was approved by a unanimous vote.
‘Justice – We Did It!’

Following the vote, the UE members, led by Local President Armando Robles, marched out of the plant, chanting “We did it!” in English and Spanish.

Pres. Robles stepped to the microphones outside the front entrance to the plant, where a throng of reporters and cameras had been waiting. He announced the end of the occupation and said that justice had been achieved.

UE Western Region President Carl Rosen then described the negotiations, summarized the settlement agreement, and commented on the significance of the struggle and the achievement.

Pay, Health Care, Vacation Pay

The settlement totals $1.75million. It will provide the workers with:

* eight weeks of pay they are owed under the federal WARN Act;
* provided with two months of continued health coverage, and;
* pay for all accrued and unused vacation.

JPMorgan Chase will provide $400,000 of the settlement, with the balance coming from Bank of America.

Third Party Fund

Although the money will be provided as a loan to Republic Windows and Doors, it will go directly into a third-party fund whose sole purpose is to pay the workers what is owed them.

As the Local 1110 leaders characterized the settlement, “We fought to make them pay what they owe us, and we won.”

‘Historic Victory’

UE Director of Organization Bob Kingsley spoke on behalf of the National Union, describing the outcome of the occupation as “a victory for workers everywhere,” and as “an historic victory for America’s labor movement.”

Kingsley went on to call the settlement “a win for all working men and women who face uncertainty, unfairness and job loss in a troubled economy.”

Facebook group supporting the Chicago workers: here.

After billions in state aid, Bavarian State Bank sheds thousands of jobs: here.

At the centre of the growing tensions between Berlin, Paris and London is the question of how to react to the international financial crisis and global recession: here.

SHADOW OF 1930s HANGS OVER BROWN-MERKEL SPLIT: here.

German workers occupy factory: here.

Britain: CORUS 10% WAGE CUT PLAN. See also here.

4 thoughts on “Economic crisis, workers’ reactions

  1. VICTORY AT REPUBLIC WINDOWS AND DOORS!
    Workers Vote to Get Pay; Occupation Ends!

    After 6 days occupying the plant, workers at Republic Window and Doors in Chicago voted to accept a settlement late last night.

    The settlement totals $1.75million. It will provide the workers with:

    * Eight weeks of pay they are owed under the federal WARN Act;
    * Two months of continued health coverage, and;
    * Pay for all accrued and unused vacation.

    JPMorgan Chase will provide $400,000 of the settlement, with the balance coming from Bank of America. Although the money will be provided as a loan to Republic Windows and Doors, it will go directly into a third-party fund whose sole purpose is to pay the workers what is owed them. In addition, the UE has started the “Window of Opportunity Fund” dedicated to re-opening the plant.

    As the Local 1110 leaders characterized the settlement, “We fought to make them pay what they owe us, and we won.” Read more about the settlement here.

    We want to extend a big THANK YOU to all of you who participated in this campaign. The tremendous support and solidarity from the thousands of people like you around the country – and the world – who took the time to send messages to Bank of America and who rallied at banks across the country was crucial in winning this victory.

    This is truly an historic victory for workers in the United States.

    But this struggle is just the beginning! As the economic crisis deepens we need to launch a working class fight back. Rallies for a “People’s Bailout” will continue today and throughout the rest of the week. Click here to find an action near you (updated daily). You can also take action online:

    * Tell Congress: We Demand a People’s Bailout
    * Save Autoworker Jobs
    * VOTE NOW for Grinch of the Year

    Thanks again for all that you do! You can see photos, video, and press clips from the Week of Action here.

    If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for Jobs with Justice.
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  2. New School NYC: Come Occupy a Building with Us . . . Now
    We have come together to prevent our study spaces from being flattened by corporate bulldozers, to have a say in who runs this school, to demand that the money we spend on this institution be used to facilitate the creation of a better society, not to build bigger buildings or invest in companies that make war. . . . Come here to join the uprisings and outpouring of passionate resistance currently taking place all over this country, and all over the worlds — from factory workers in Chicago to students in Greece.
    http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/ns181208.html

    Protester Arrested for Brandishing Shoe in NYC Transit Protest
    “I was very much inspired by that courageous Iraqi journalist who was protesting the occupation of his country by the American and British oil companies and their governments.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/18/nyregion/18sander.html?ref=nyregion

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