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Republic Windows workers occupy again—and win again

by Orlando Sepúlveda
Issue No. 2292

Workers at a Chicago factory staged a 12-hour occupation on Thursday of last week—and won an agreement that will save their jobs for at least 90 days.

The factory is the former Republic Windows & Doors plant. Workers occupied it for a week in December 2008 after Bank of America announced without warning that the factory was closing.

That struggle electrified the US labour movement. After six days, management caved. A new owner took over and the Republic factory became Serious Energy.

This time it only took hours to win a concession. Around 2am some 60 members of United Electrical Workers Local 1110 marched proudly out, fists held high.

“We got more than we expected,” said union leader Armando Robles. He added there was a possibility of workers running the factory.

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Tue 28 Feb 2012, 18:49 GMT
Issue No. 2292
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