Victory for Ousted Employees of Republic Windows and Doors!

Will the actions of this small group of disgruntled, unemployed workers send a clear message that we the people do have the power to make our voices heard, even over the rumbling of the machine? Bravo to those who have the audacity and tenacity to stand up to the system. May this group be an inspiration that paves the path for those who will endure similar fates in these uncertain economic times. The question remains, what does the future hold for these workers who’ve lost their jobs, with families to feed and bills to pay?

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
-Margaret Mead

Workers in sit-in win $1.75M deal

Workers at a closing window and door factory have approved a $1.75 million agreement that will give them two months salary and benefits, ending a sit-in protest that lasted six days.

The 240 displaced workers and their protest grabbed national attention as a symbol of the plight of employees put out of work at a time when banks and financial institutions have been receiving federal bailouts.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said late Wednesday that each former Republic Windows & Door employee will get eight weeks’ salary, all accrued vacation pay and two months’ paid health care under the agreement.

The settlement will average about $7,000 for each worker, he said.

Read the story in it’s entirety HERE

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2 responses to “Victory for Ousted Employees of Republic Windows and Doors!

  1. I agree that it is very good that they got their severance pay. But what will they do after that runs out. I think they would have been better off following something along the lines of the Argentine model, restarting the factory under worker control. There are lots of tricky legal issues, but it is relatively straightforward that this would be ethically justified. This is not going to be the last we see of this sort of situation, and the sooner that people figure out that removing the need to keep investors happy means that the workers can run a business at sales levels that would be unprofitable.

    • I agree with your assessment and while I celebrate their victory, also end with the question, ‘what does the future hold for these workers who’ve lost their jobs, with families to feed and bills to pay?’ The thing is, it is a victory, even if you and I would have preferred they had done more, asked for more, took over the factory and made it their own. But since those were not their demands we can feel some sense of justice with their outcome. However, they were only getting what was rightfully theirs, so where is the victory in this? It is in the little man, so to speak, having the courage to stand toe-to-toe with the system, refusing to back down. What they accomplished will inspire others to do the same, and let us hope, with demands for more than what they earned.

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