UE Workers Who Occupied Republic Windows and Doors Factory to Speak
In December, 250 laid off workers on Goose Island in Chicago sat down in their factory to demand the wages owed to them by their former employer.
They demanded that Bank of America, which held the line of credit for the Republic Windows and Doors company, lend a small amount of the $25 billion they had received in bail out money to the company to cover payroll for all legally owed severance and vacation under the Warren Act. Their fight became a national symbol of the plight of working people in the economic crisis.
This program includes stories from UE workers and a Q&A moderated by Fran Tobin of Jobs with Justice. For more information about this campaign, and current updates as it continues, you can visit the UE website.
Sponsored by: United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE), Local 1110; Graduate Employees Organization; SEIU Local 73; UIUC Chicago Labor Education Program; UIC Center for Urban Economic Development; Chicago Jobs with Justice, Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues; International Socialist Club; UIC History Graduate Society; UIC Students for a Democratic Society, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Recorded Tuesday, February 03, 2009 at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.