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Portland, OR : Solidarity Picket with Chicago workers

Portland, OR : Solidarity Picket with Chicago workers
Why we are doing it.
Bank of America Reaps
Workers Rights in Chicago

Republic Windows and Doors illegally let go 240 union workers without severance pay and only 3 days notice, all caused by lack of financing from Bank of America.

In the past few weeks Bank of America received "bail out" money. This makes us curious to wonder where our tax money is going. Clearly its original purpose of stimulating the economy is not something they had in mind.

In solidarity we are picketing in front of the 517 SW Stark Bank of America in down town Portland from 12:30 - 5:00. We will be there Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th.

For more information visit:

 link to www.chitowndailynews.org
 link to news.aol.com

Workers Win, Solidarity Picket Cancled. 09.Dec.2008 16:52


Workers win: Bank to give credit to Chicago Plant

AP - United Electrical Union Workers Local President Armando Robles, left, and U.E.
Western Regional President ...

CHICAGO - Bank of America says it will extend credit to a Chicago window and door maker whose workers have occupied the factory for five days.

The bank said Tuesday that it's willing to give the Republic Windows and Doors factory "a limited amount of additional loans." That's so it can resolve claims of employees who have staged a sit-in since Friday.

The factory closed Friday after Bank of America canceled its financing.

Workers were given three days' notice. But they refused to leave and vowed to stay there until receiving assurances they would receive severance and accrued vacation pay.

The bank has been criticized for cutting off the plant's credit after taking federal bailout money.

Guess you did not hear about the JWJ rally 09.Dec.2008 18:03

labor activist

got this in the mail a few days ago:

Bailout the Workers, Not the Banks!
Rally at Key Bank and Bank of America!
Wed. December 10, 4:30-5:30pm
Key Bank, 726 SE Morrison St

Sisters & Brothers,

As some of you may know, members of UE have occupied their factory in
Chicago, after being not only laid off but denied payment for
vacations and severance pay which they are legally owed. The factory
closing is directly related to the crisis and bailout, as Bank of
America (who received $25 billion from the government) closed off the
bosses' line of credit.


And a little closer to home, Key Bank was approved for $2.5 billion as
part of the national bailout. But instead of using the money to give
relief to those hardest hit in the current economy, Key Bank is misusing
their bailout money to buy other banks and underwrite Oak Harbor Freight
Lines, a company that has violated workers' rights by coercing and
intimidating striking workers, discriminating against minorities and
women and cutting off health care for retired employees.

Take action! Come to the rally on Wednesday, December 10th at 4:30pm at
Key Bank, 726 SE Morrison St and send emails to the workers in Chicago and
to the Bank of America.

The national UE has set up an easy web form to send messages of
support to these courageous workers, as they take on the corrupt
bosses and banks with a tactic not used for decades in the US:

JwJ Alert to send letters to Bank of America:

Great photos here:

AP Video here:

Picket is stil on!!! 10.Dec.2008 01:46


"I just got this form UE's website:

Yesterday, Bank of America issued a statement that it was willing to provide a "limited amount" of additional loans to Republic Windows and Doors to help resolve the plant occupation.

Late this afternoon some news organizations published stories, based on the bank's statement yesterday, that were factually incorrect. Bank of America informed us their statement from yesterday was released in error.

Chicago Rally

Meanwhile, tomorrow's Chicago rally will proceed as planned."

In light of this, we should proceed with actions until all the workers have got what they deserve.

Oops 11.Dec.2008 19:41


Maybe this should have been featured BEFORE the rally and victory yesterday?

Story, photos up at Chicago IMC: