NewsMediaOnline on Sep 21, 2013
Amid the precarious jobs market in the US, a group of workers in one Chicago factory have taken matters into their own hands. When faced with losing their jobs they decided to take the business over from the bosses.Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports from the factory in Chicago.
Updated: Dec. 9, 2008
by Lee Sustar
December 6, 2008
Lee Sustar reports from Chicago on an occupation by workers who want what’s theirs from management and the Bank of America.
WORKERS OCCUPYING the Republic Windows & Doors factory slated for closure are vowing to remain in the Chicago plant until they win the $1.5 million in severance and vacation pay owed them by management.
In a tactic rarely used in the U.S. since the labor struggles of the 1930s, the workers, members of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) Local 1110, refused to leave the plant on December 5, its last scheduled day of operation.
“We decided to do it because this is money that belongs to us,” said Maria Roman, who’s worked at the plant for eight years. “These are our rights.”