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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:00 AM
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In Chicago Factory Sit-In by Laid-off Workers, an Anger Spread Wide
NYT: In Factory Sit-In, an Anger Spread Wide
By MONICA DAVEY
Published: December 7, 2008


(Beth Rooney/NYT)
Republic Windows and Doors

CHICAGO The scene inside a long, low-slung factory on this citys North Side this weekend offered a glimpse at how the nations 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 plants 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 companys creditors. But their anger stretched broadly to the governments costly corporate bailout plans, which, they argued, had forgotten about regular workers.

They want the poor person to stay down, said Silvia Mazon, 47, a mother of two who worked as an assembler here for 13 years and said she had never before been the sort to march in protests or make a fuss. Were here, and were not going anywhere until we get whats fair and whats ours. They thought they would get rid of us easily, but if we have to be here for Christmas, it doesnt matter.

The workers, members of Local 1110 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, said they were owed vacation and severance pay and were not given the 60 days of notice generally required by federal law when companies make layoffs. Lisa Madigan, the attorney general of Illinois, said her office was investigating, and representatives from her office interviewed workers at the plant on Sunday.

At a news conference Sunday, President-elect Barack Obama said the company should follow through on its commitments to its workers....

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/08/us/08chicago.html?hp
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BridgeTheGap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:00 PM
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1. In solidarity...there will be more of this to come UNLESS Obama will truly
stand up for working people. More often than not, we are the ones who end up being shit on.
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:43 PM
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2. Silvia Mazon gets class warfare.
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