Desperate, laid-off laborers took a last stand this week, occupying the factory building at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago to demand severance and vacation pay they know would be denied without direct action.
The Association Press reported today: About 200 employees of Republic Windows and Doors began staging the sit-in in shifts this week after learning the plant was closing Friday.
According the AP’s report:
Leah Fried, an organizer with the United Electrical Workers, says Republic failed to give 60 days’ notice required by law.
Chicago police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak says police are aware of the situation and are patrolling the area.
Representatives of Republic Windows did not immediately respond Saturday to calls and e-mails seeking comment.