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 Post subject: In Chicago
PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 6:02 pm 
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Idled workers occupy factory in Chicago

By RUPA SHENOY, Associated Press Writer Rupa Shenoy, Associated Press Writer – Sat Dec 6, 1:46 pm ET

CHICAGO – Workers laid off from their jobs at a factory have occupied the building and are demanding assurances they'll get severance and vacation pay that they say they are owed.

About 200 employees of Republic Windows and Doors began their sit-in Friday, the last scheduled day of the plant's operation.

Leah Fried, an organizer with the United Electrical Workers, said the Chicago-based vinyl window manufacturer failed to give 60 days' notice required by law before shutting down.

Workers also were angered when company officials didn't show up for a meeting Friday that had been arranged by U.S. Rep Luis Gutierrez, a Chicago Democrat, she said.

During the peaceful takeover, workers have been shoveling snow and cleaning the building, Fried said.

"We're doing something we haven't since the 1930s, so we're trying to make it work," Fried said.

Union officials said another meeting with the company is scheduled for Monday.

Representatives of Republic Windows did not immediately respond Saturday to calls and e-mails seeking comment.

Police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak said authorities were aware of the situation and officers were patrolling the area.

Crain's Chicago Business reported that the company's monthly sales had fallen to $2.9 million from $4 million during the past month. In a memo to the union, obtained by the business journal, Republic CEO Rich Gillman said the company had "no choice but to shut our doors."


More details needed to determine correctness...though that 60 day notice is on the books for companies over a certain size. Then again, 60 days past things might not have looked terminal, if a company can't make payroll, or get a loan to do so, they are dead in the water.

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 Post subject: Re: In Chicago
PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:28 pm 
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"Workers arise, you've nothing to lose but your chains."


A couple of true genius' wrote those words which lead to 100 million deaths in the 20th Century. Sure were genius'! :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: In Chicago
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people who work for a living are not chaff....hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their jobs in October-November alone...this shit aint funny,,,,maybe Karl Marx was right, 150 years too early.
We got the US govt socializing banks and ready to do the same with the auto industry. Capitalism was left too long in the hands of un-American Wall Street cockroaches(guess who they are), instead of the responsible capitalism of fly-over country


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There is the WARN Act, about notice; though there are excemptions to dodge it; the burden of proof is on the employer, but penalties can only be gained via a successful lawsuit...by the time it's resolved, there's only an empty bag left either thru bankruptcy or dissolution of the corporation.

Would work on a larger corporation, especially only if it's doing partial shutdowns without notice...here, the legislation is most likely useless.

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All I have to see is the words "Union-Employees" and I can tell you why the company went belly up.

Of course, the Teamsters are crapping their pants over YRC Worldwide (the merged Yellow/Roadway company). Their stock was at 3.56 per share last time I looked. Roadway was debt free, owned all their equipment, terminals out right. The dummies sold majority shares to Yellow and now just about everything is being used as collateral for loans.

YRC goes down, well the Teamsters can kiss their pensions goodbye. But I doubt the Feds will allow YRC to fail........I seriously doubt all the frieght companies could take the slack.

But this is caused by ignorant "I work for the Teamsters" employees on top of an inept, almost bankrupted Yellow management team that was left in place to run YRC.

The people I know who work for YRC and are at 20 or above are bailing out as fast as they can. Retirement while they can still get something. Think Social Security but on a smaller scale. Just a friggin Ponzi scheme.


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