Sit-In Over Plant Closing Draws Political Attention
December 9, 2008
Former Union workers at Republic Windows & Doors staged a sit-in over the weekend at the company’s closed manufacturing plant on the North Side of Chicago. The workers complain that Bank of America, the company's lender, is not allowing Republic to pay workers their vacation and severance pay. The employees also contend that they were not given 60 days' notice of a mass layoff, as required under the state and federal WARN acts. The sit-in has drawn the attention of politicians, including Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who attended the sit-in, to President-Elect Obama, who briefly commented on the matter at a news conference. According to the Tribune, other politicians are rushing to punish Bank of America, the company’s lender.