From SEIU trade union in the USA:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2009
CONTACT: SEIU & Workers United
Ray Quintanilla, 312-505-7862
Ali Jost, 202-730-7159
Hartmarx Workers Vote to “Sit In” to Save Their Jobs
500 Hartmarx Workers Joined by Illinois Rep. Phil Hare, State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias & Other State, National Leaders
CHICAGO, Illinois – May 11 – Today, 500 workers at the Chicago-based apparel firm Hart Schaffner & Marx held a rally and historic “sit in” vote to fight for their jobs as major lender and TARP fund recipient Wells Fargo & Co. pushes for a bankruptcy closure of the facility.
“Everyone at the plant is worried about their future. It all hinges on Wells Fargo. They have to do the right thing and allow this company to be reorganized–so jobs can be saved,” explained Ruby Simms, a 32-year veteran of the Hart Schaffner & Marx factory in Des Plaines, IL.
The workers voted in favor of a “sit in” style action, which means that if Wells Fargo or a buyer tries to begin liquidation or close the factory, the workers will respond by physically remaining at their job site.
The struggle of the Hartmarx workers mirrors that of the 250 Republic Windows and Doors workers who saved their own jobs last December when Bank of America tried to shutter their doors. State and national leaders are increasingly standing up for Hartmarx workers, members of the union Workers United (an SEIU affiliate), and slamming Wells Fargo—a $25 billion taxpayer bailout recipient—for shortsightedly refusing to invest in U.S. companies and workers.
See also here.
Republic Windows workers hail arrest of former boss: here.