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lia href=http://www.laborradio.org/node/10041Main Street wants Congress to do the right thing for Detroit /a/li
lia href=http://www.laborradio.org/node/10042Laid-off workers continue occupation of Illinois plant/a/li
pWorkers continue to occupy a plant in Goose Island, Illinois as they wait for the 60 days pay they are required to receive by law when a plant shuts down. Republic Windows and Doors announced last week that it would be closing its doors after the Bank of America cancelled the company’s line of credit. Under labor law a company must either give employees 60 days notice or 60 days pay if it plans to lay hold a mass layoff, Republic did neither. In response, many of the 300 employees who were set to lose their jobs on Friday decided not to leave. The main focus of the labor strife is directed at the bank which recently received $25 billion from the bailout of Wall Street. Negotiations are ongoing with the company and the bank and the workers have said they will not leave until the are paid for their 60 days of work. Rallies have been held outside of the factory, as well as food and clothing drives for the family’s of the laid off workers. On Saturday Congressman Luis Gutierrez spoke to supporters and called on the community to rally for the workers and show up. /p
pSenate Banking Chairman Senator Chris Dodd appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation this weekend and had some strong words for Detroit. He said that he believes GM and Chrysler should merge. The Senator said GM CEO Rick Wagoner should step down or be replaced. Meanwhile, workers on Main Street want Congress to do the right thing by the auto industry and protect the American Dream. Doug Cunningham reports./p
pBy Doug Cunningham/p
p[Schneck]: “It’s an economic Katrina and we need Congress to be that levy to protect us from going into a further tailspin.”/p
pBrian Schneck, President of UAW Local 259 in metro New York. Schneck says there’s a double standard in Congress when it comes to Wall Street versus Main Street as the auto industry seeks emergency loans./p
pBy Doug Cunningham/p
pChicago workers using a sitdown strike to occupy a Republic Windows amp; Doors factory are drawing support from both AFL-CIO and Change To Win unions./p
pListen to a Workers Independent News interview with UE organizer Leah Fried from inside the occupied plant at this web link: http://www.laborradio.org/files/Leah.mp3/p
pIf you want to support the Chicago sitdown strikers, send messages of solidarity and/or money to: UE Local 110, 37 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60607. For updates on the sitdown, go to UEunion.org/p
Forget a tip of the hat. A huge round of applause is in order for Chris Garlock, editor of the Metropolitan Washington Council’s Union City, for launching an interactive labor map.
The just-launched D.C. Labor Map lets users find current and historic labor sites in Washington, D.C., along with union hotels, restaurants, international and local union organizations and labor art.
Whether you are using it for a virtual tour of labor in the nation’s capital or planning a real-life walking tour, the map offers a bunch of great information.
Click on the legend prompt to view and choose a category from a list that includes labor art, union struggles, union restaurants and historic makers. Selecting “labor art” will pop up 11 sites around town where you can take in murals, sculptures and other artwork dedicated to workers and their jobs.