The first factory occupation of the current crisis

Some of the laid-off workers at a Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago, IL have occupied the now closed facility, according to the Chicago Tribune. The United Electrical Workers (UE) represent those working at the plant. The relevant UE Political Action Update contends that operations at Republic Windows and Doors have been hindered by Bank of America's refusal to lend money to the company, an assertion confirmed by an Agence France-Presse report. Bank of America's refusal is noteworthy because the bank has already received federal bailout money.

The workers have demanded severance and vacation pay from Republic.

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