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More on the Chicago factory occupation

Oddly, or not, this little detail was missing from the AP coverage. The Times:

CHICAGO – Workers who got three days' notice their factory was shutting its doors have occupied the building and say they won't go home without assurances they'll get severance and vacation pay they say they are owed.

Workers blamed Bank of America, which they said had served as an important lender to Republic Windows, for cutting off credit to the company and preventing workers from being paid. Some workers carried signs and stickers criticizing the bank: “You got bailed out, we got sold out.”

Yeppers. So why not occupy a bank, next? Peacefully and legally, of course.

Funny it's in Obama's back yard, eh?

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Submitted by tnjen on

...reinvigorate the labor movement in the US, imho. They, like the immigrants who came before them, know exactly what labor is all about in a way lots of natural born citizens don't. Latinos, unionized a plant in Tennessee -- where efforts had been unsuccessful for decades AND where many of the workers were illegals. What they did with the help of a few old natural borns is absolutely amazing -- especially given that if you don't work on the railroad or in coal and you live in the South you probably don't even know what a union is! Despite the horrible way these Chicago workers are being treated, I can't help but see this as something hopeful in terms of labor standing up.

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Submitted by Damon on

I've been pretty dejected the past couple of weeks given that the workers in my state and its dominant industry have not just been show as inconsequential, but a lazy enemy of American society. I mean, I didn't expect the incoming administration to at the even the very least defend us against right-wing talking points and change the tone, but it doesn't make it hurt any less.

So, to see a story like this is welcomed. I don't expect anyone in the Democratic leadership to join on in this like our politicians used to. There will be nary a peep from the president-elect. Laborer's may as well be an invisible class in today's society. Everyone loves that they make stuff for the country, but no one wants to here or see them. Out of sight and out of mind, I guess. The wilderness really is not a good place to reside.

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Submitted by Iphie on

Just did. You're always one step (or 10) ahead.