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Sitdown strikers when new jobs – 03/02/09

Posted on February 27, 2009 | in Labor News | by

pLede: Militant solidarity not only won the day for Chicago workers who took over their factory last year, that action will keep them employed this year. Doug Cunningham reports./p
pBy Doug Cunningham/p
pWhen United Electrical workers members used a sitdown strike to occupy their Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago they wanted wages and vacation pay they were owed after the plant owners abruptly announced the plant was closing. The workers got their money and now they’ll be returning to work at the factory, still represented by their union. Serious Materials has completed the purchase of Republic Windows and Doors, clearing the way for the plant to reopen. UE Local 1110 has also reached a collective bargaining agreement with the new plant owners and the sitdown strike workers will be rehired at their former rate of pay. UE says that an announcement regarding the opening day of the new Serious Materials production facility will be forthcoming. UE says it looks forward to working with the new company to create and sustain green jobs at living wages. Militant solidarity and the bold sitdown strike tactic scored a big victory for these workers in the midst of the worst economy in a generation./p

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