We usually don’t use this site for reporting news. But then again, workers don’t often take over their factories in present day America. What is this, 1937? Believe it. An almost entirely immigrant workforce, occupying Republic Windows & Doors since Friday, when the company tried to close the factory. In a country racked by skyrocketing unemployment and foreclosures, this has quickly become a flash point for anger over inequality and greed. Obama came out today to say that the worker’s grievances are legitimate and the NY Times just reported that the state of Illinois “will no longer do business with Bank of America until the bank restores credit to the shuttered factory here where workers are continuing their sit-in.” If we want to see Obama and other politicians in Illinois stand behind their words, what is most needed now is solidarity from regular people like ourselves:
Read about it here: A rallying point for labor, by Lee Sustar
If you live in the Chicago area, there will be a picket of Bank of America’s Chicago headquarters at 231 S. LaSalle on Wednesday, December 10 at 12 noon (unless negotiations resolve the dispute before then).
Read updates from the UE about the battle at Republic on the union’s Web site. You can send a message of solidarity from the Web site, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call UE at 312-829-8300.
The UE is appealing for financial support for the Republic workers. You can contribute via PayPal from the UE home page–see the box on the right. You can also send checks, made payable to the UE Local 1110 Solidarity Fund, to: 37 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60607.
At the Jobs with Justice Web site, you can send a message of protest to Bank of America.