10 December 2008

The Republic strike


For the past five days, workers have occupied the Republic Windows and Doors plant in Chicago after the factory closed down when Bank of America cut off its credit. Bank of America, which received over $25 billion as part of the financial industry bailout, had initially refused to pay the severance and vacation money it owed the factory workers.  Negotiations continue, though reports of a deal may be premature.  

One of the articles at Socialistworker.org mentioned how much of the gathered media scampered away yesterday to cover the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, which, coincidentally or not, came one day after Blagojevich appeared in support of the strikers.