Republic Sit-in May Suggest Union Resurgence
Last month, workers at a Chicago factory staged a sit-in when they were laid off without severance pay. The standoff at Republic Windows and Doors won employees the severance they demanded while gaining national attention and comparisons to the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. Bob Bruno is Professor of Labor Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He says the comparisons to Haymarket may be overdrawn, but the Republic action and its success do suggest that something bigger is going on.