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ABC News Video From Chicago Occupied Factory

Posted by carldavidson on December 8, 2008


Photo: Carl Rosen, UE Leader in Chicago, at Support Rally

Obama, Jesse Jackson, local Members of Congress back Chicago UE Workers

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New York Times: In Factory Sit-In, an Anger Spread Wide

Posted by randyshannon on December 8, 2008

Chicago Sit In


Published: December 7, 2008
CHICAGO — The scene inside a long, low-slung factory on this city’s North Side this weekend offered a glimpse at how the nation’s loss of more than 600,000 manufacturing jobs in a year of recession is boiling over.

Workers laid off Friday from Republic Windows and Doors, who for years assembled vinyl windows and sliding doors here, said they would not leave, even after company officials announced that the factory was closing.

Some of the plant’s 250 workers stayed all night, all weekend, in what they were calling an occupation of the factory. Their sharpest criticisms were aimed at their former bosses, who they said gave them only three days’ notice of the closing, and the company’s creditors. But their anger stretched broadly to the government’s costly corporate bailout plans, which, they argued, had forgotten about regular workers.

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