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.
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.
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