Saturday, December 06, 2008
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. On Saturday, about 50 workers could be seen through a window sitting on chairs and pallets on the factory floor. Reporters were asked to stay out of the plant's work area.
"We're going to stay here until we win justice," said Blanca Funes, 55, of Chicago, after occupying the building for several hours. Speaking in Spanish, Funes said she fears losing her home without the wages she feels she's owed. A 13-year employee of Republic, she estimated her family can make do for three months without her paycheck. Most of the factory's workers are Hispanic.
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, Fried 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.
Oh yes we can.
Friday, December 05, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Jon Schwarz is absolutely fuckin-A one-hundred percent right:
Find out why.
Attention, white upper-middle class liberal blogistas: there is NOTHING more important during the Obama administration than passing card check.
What about an economic stimulus package? And getting out of Iraq? And health care? And global warming? Aren't they more important?
Find out why.
I was hoping the Make Me Babies! website would allow me to make a baby between Levi Johnston and the elder Barbara Bush, but it won't. Damn.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Pretty soon, the next time George W. Bush goes under general anaesthesia for a routine colonoscopy, Cheney won't assume the presidency for a little while.