The Laid-Off Workers in Chicago Who Are Involved In That 4 day Sit-In Are Showing Solidarity!

I wonder where George Bush is on this issue. For that matter, he seem’s to be missing in action an awful lot lately! Whether you like Obama’s economic policies or not, at least he voiced his support for the plight of the common workers. I agree with these workers because when I was laid-off we were given a 60-day notice. But, the company knew it was in trouble beforehand & had lied to everyone,including the local newspaper,about the business closing. The company I worked for shut their doors three days before Christmas in 2006. That was one of the most depressing holiday seasons that I have ever had! So, I understand just how angry these guys are because they were only given 3 days notice. But what’s really apalling to me is that Bank of America is the reason why the company folded & B.O.A. claims that they have nothing to do with it! All they did was cut the company’s line of credit. What is Bank of America doing with it’s bailout money? Why don’t they live up to their name & help the American worker? After all, these workers are the taxpayers who are financing the bailout that Bank of America has received! Here’s more from Yahoo:

Gov. Rod Blagojevich ordered all state agencies Monday to stop doing business with Bank of America to try to pressure the bank into helping laid-off workers staging a sit-in at their shuttered factory.

The governor wants the North Carolina-based bank to use some of its federal bailout money to resolve the protest by about 200 workers at Republic Windows and Doors.

The sit-in began Friday and has fast become a symbol of the sour economy’s impact on labor. The workers have promised to remain inside the plant in shifts until they get assurances they will receive severance and vacation pay.

We hope that this kind of leverage and pressure will encourage Bank of America to do the right thing for this business,” Blagojevich said from outside the plant. “Take some of that federal tax money that they’ve received and invest it by providing the necessary credit to this company so these workers can keep their jobs.”

Republic has not made a move to evict the workers since they began the sit-in Friday, the day they lost their jobs with just a few days’ notice.

Their plight has drawn support from President-elect Barack Obama, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and others.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here:(http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081208/ap_on_re_us/workers_takeover

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