My interest in this story is due to the tenacity of these folks who are refusing to back down. This is what it will take, en masse, for any real change to occur. Change requires and will only happen by the Power of the People!
…community support remained strong, with several unions and religious leaders leading spirited demonstrations outside the building and lending support to the 200 workers and their families inside.
By Robert Mitchum | Tribune reporter
December 10, 2008
An offer by Bank of America to extend more credit to Republic Windows & Doors on Goose Island failed by late Tuesday to develop into an agreement to dislodge workers who have been occupying the closed plant for five days in protest of losing pay and benefits.
Representatives of the bank, the company and the workers’ union met for more than seven hours Tuesday, the second straight day of talks aimed at resolving the standoff. The media frenzy surrounding the situation ebbed as attention was focused on the arrest of Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges. But community support remained strong, with several unions and religious leaders leading spirited demonstrations outside the building and lending support to the 200 workers and their families inside.
Restless but optimistic, Ricardo Caceres, 39, a 15-year Republic worker, said as the talks dragged on, “I’m waiting for whatever, the good news and the bad news. Everybody’s prepared,” he said.
Meanwhile, city officials, including Mayor Richard Daley, continued to lament the showdown. He said workers “should be paid” the vacation and severance pay they say they’re owed, and that the city is looking into whether the company should refund development funds used to construct its plant.
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