Social Justice News of the Week:
Recent Workers’ Stand-off Not Seen Since 1930s

1930s StrikeIn an inspiring scene of solidarity, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 1930s, more than 200 workers at a Chicago plant have refused to leave work after being unexpectedly laid off. Executives at the company, Republic Windows and Doors, announced massive layoffs after banks informed the company of credit cutbacks. Although Bank of America received a $25 billion taxpayer funded bailout, the financial behemoth continues to constrict credit, including cutting off operating credit to Republic Windows and Doors. In response to the layoffs, members of United Electrical Workers Local 1110 called for a sit-in at the factory. Worker backlash of this kind hasn’t been seen in the U.S. since the Great Depression. Protesting workers wear signs reading, “You got bailed out, we got sold out.”
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