Posted by: Patrick Barbanes | December 8, 2008

Republic Windows And Doors: Shutting The Doors On Workers

In case you haven’t yet heard this story, a group of workers laid-off from a Chicago company, Republic Windows And Doors, are staging a sit-in protest and refusing to leave the closing plant until they receive their severance money (back-pay, etc.) that they are due.

Some 200 workers who abruptly lost their jobs last week have said they won’t leave the Republic Windows and Doors plant until they get assurances they will receive their severance and vacation pay. Their demonstration has drawn support from President-elect Barack Obama and others.

Barack Obama has said that the employees are “absolutely right” in what they’re doing.

“The workers who are asking for the benefits and payments that they have earned, I think they’re absolutely right and understand that what’s happening to them is reflective of what’s happening across this economy,” Obama said at a news conference Sunday.

The recent bailout of Bank of America has played a part.

The (plant) closing was due to Bank of America withdrawing a credit line because of the company’s declining sales. Union leaders say the company failed to give workers the 60 days’ notice required by federal law, and that Bank of America barred Republic from paying for the 60-day period or for vacations.

So the banks are getting money, but then not lending it. The companies that can’t get loans have to shut down, and may not even have money to pay proper severance to the workers. The bank wins again.

What can you do? Like Obama, support the workers. Every little way possible. If you live near the plant, go visit and support the workers. Everyone on a picket line or a protest or sit-in needs moral support…or even a nice hot cup of coffee! You’d be amazed how such a small kindness can go a long way.

But you can also do this, and put the internet to work for the workers: Sign and send an email to Bank of America in support of the laid-off workers at Chicago’s Republic Windows and Doors. (link is http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/bankofamerica/step1)

And if you need more information, you can go here to read the story of the Republic Windows And Doors workers.

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