Monday, December 08, 2008
Laid off Workers Stage a Sit In In THEIR Factory....at REPUBLIC in Chicago...we should all watch and support them.
First 2 Videos:: You decide WHO is at Fault hurting the Workers, Republic or Bank of America ? HUGE Rally planned for Wednesday NOON.....
More in this homemade video, also explains HOW this happened, and what some of the Workers are concerned about watch more here.
In Chicago, the workers at the Republic Company were given the shaft, 3 days Layoff Warning , with NO Rules or Laws followed for these employees that had worked there for many years. They were not given proper layoff warning, severance, pay or healthcare. So they are basically staging a Peaceful Sit-In, please do follow their Efforts that started on December 6th, I will try to update this post with updates.....Click the Title to read more....
The Problem is that Republic Management claims that Bank Of America would not give them funds needed to pay the Employees Pay that they are owed ...So WHO is really at fault ? and WHY are American Workers getting the shaft During ALL of this Bailout Mayhem ?They have yet to even be acknowledged....If I lived in Chi-Town I would take these good folks muffins and coffee, they deserve and need our support....Even Obama came out over the Weekend and gave his support to the Workers.....More To Come...I will update this post through the week...( they are now on Day 4).
Laid-off workers at the closed Republic Windows & Doors factory continued to occupy their former workplace Saturday in a quest to get vacation and severance pay owed them.About 250 employees, complaining they received three days' notice that their plant was closing, occupied the factory and warehouse after Republic closed its doors Friday and company officials failed to show up at negotiations brokered by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez."We're going to stay here until we win justice," said worker Blanca Funes, 55, of Chicago.Union leaders say the company failed to give workers the 60 days' notice required by federal law, and that its bank, Bank of America, barred Republic from paying for the 60-day period or for vacations. The leaders also criticized a Wall Street bailout they say is leaving laborers behind.
"We're doing something we haven't done since the 1930s, so we're trying to make it work," declared Leah Fried, an organizer with the United Electrical Workers.
Bank of America, which received $25 billion from the government's financial bailout package, maintains it isn't responsible for Republic's financial obligations.
Update on the Status of the Republic Workers please read more Here.....they are becoming a Symbol of American Workers across the Country And there is More HERE about Bank Of America's hand in this Sorted Mess.....and how there is Now People Taking note....including the State of Illinois. 300 People are taking a stand....it's odd but Bank of America was one of the Companies that got over 29 Billion in the Bailout....I for the life of me do not know WHO that is aiding ? I picture Someone like MrPotter sitting in an Office Hording Money...and snickering at the Plight of the Workers.....We need a George Bailey....
Photo " Worker" by Dorthea Lange from the 1930's, I will continue using her Depression photos as they really do tell the whole story...I have started taking Black and Whites and also cellphone photos .....to use to tell OUR stories....Odd how hard it has been to find photos of the Republic Workers on the Internet...
Maybe Someone Should Show THIS Video to the Bank of America...the Money of the Bailout was not supposed to HOGGED by the Bank Exec's and used for Christmas Bonuses, it was supposed to ease the Strain and to go to Hurting HomeOwners and Workers struggling to make ends meet, and atleast help a Plant pay it 's Workers for time already worked....George Bailey Explains about HOW Banks are meant to work FOR THE PEOPLE....and I guess Bank of America and Hank Paulson have been studying Mr.Potter.....Clue to all who are watching this is the Start of Something Bigger....
I am Denied Access to the Republic Windows & Doors Website, which I don't understand...unless maybe their website is shut down, if someone could let me know that would be great....In the Meantime if you live in Chi-Town and wish to take them some food and coffee or offer support...or if you feel like sending the Management Some Letters about how NOT paying People at Christmas is a Problem....here is their Address :::::
1333 N Hickory Ave
Chicago, IL 60642