Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #460: Protest!
Workers Stay At Shuttered Window Plant
Union Claims Bank Of America Has Violated Their Rights In Cutting Off Republic Windows And Doors
CHICAGO (CBS) ― Dozens of former employees of Republic Windows and Doors continued to remain at the shuttered North Side plant late Friday, saying they’re being cheated.
The ex-workers say they found out only three days before Friday’s closing that they would be without a job. Some of them also learned they would not get the vacation they’ve earned to date or the insurance coverage they were promised.
More than 200 union workers staged a sit-in of sorts until they they got what they say is legally owed to them.
The union says company officials told employees they were closing shop because Bank of America would no longer extend Republic its line of credit. Bank of America wouldn’t confirm that due to confidentiality issues. Workers say the fact that Bank of America received $25 billion in the federal bailout makes this even more unacceptable.
“More than 300 people are working here, and what are we going to do now?” employee Vicente Rangel said. “We don’t get any single benefit. They even telling us they are not guarantee our payment for the week we just worked.”
Emphasis added by me.
Bank of America is doing this?
Hey, Chicago workers, this is the same bank that wanted to give illegal aliens credit cards! Can all of you get credit cards from Bank of America?
Keep up the pressure and God bless your cause — for it is just!