Another season, another Maria

It was hot in the vineyard east of Stockton on Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Hotter than the day before when the temperature reached 90 degrees by the early afternoon. Hotter than usual for May.


Layoffs dampen celebration for new wireman

BALTIMORE — This should be a time to celebrate for Carlton Stone, 42. He received a letter from Local 24 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Dec. 4 that after completing his five-year apprenticeship he is “now eligible for membership in Local 24, classification, construction wireman.”

Striking poultry workers: Change is coming

“We’re the poster child for the Employee Free Choice Act,” said Dario Renosa, an organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers. He was part of a recent caravan that came from Columbus to support the strike by 450 workers at the Case Farms chicken processing plant here.


Religious leaders rally for Republic workers, Bank of America makes offer

CHICAGO — Religious leaders and board members with the Interfaith Worker Justice rallied here in front of the Republic Windows and Doors factory Dec. 9 in solidarity with 250 unionized workers who have been leading a sit-in there since the plant closed down on Dec. 5.

Save jobs and housing: Demand a people's bailout now!

Bank of America and Wall Street got bailed out. Workers, homeowners and Main Street got sold out. Chicago Jobs with Justice, in coordination with community, labor and faith partners, is calling all supporters to: RALLY FOR A PEOPLE'S BAILOUT NOW!


Chicago, Cook County threaten to cut ties with Bank of America over Republic workers

CHICAGO — City aldermen and Cook County commissioners vowed to cut ties with Bank of America if it didn't give 250 sit-in strikers the pay they were due. Workers occupying the Republic Windows and Doors factory, labor and religious leaders and community activists flanked the elected officials at City Hall.

Illinois tells Bank of America 'no business' after workers sit in

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Rod Blagojevich ordered all state agencies Dec. 8 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.


Barack Obama on the side of workers occupying factory

CHICAGO — As news of workers occupying the Republic Windows and Doors factory here spread across the nation Dec. 7, President-elect Barack Obama came out on the side of the workers.


Solidarity pours in for Chicago workers occupying factory, Obama says demands are 'absolutely right'

CHICAGO – Solidarity is pouring in for 250 workers who have been sitting-in for three days at Republic Windows and Doors, including from President-elect Barack Obama. The company closed abruptly Dec. 5 because Bank of America, its chief investor, refused to extend a $5 million line of credit. BA recently received a $25 billion bailout from the federal government.


Workers occupy factory - demand justice

We're here to demand our rights,' said Manuella Rivera in a gentle but firm voice, 'and we'll stay until we get justice.' Rivera, a 58-year-old window assembler is among workers at Republic Windows and Doors who have been occupying the plant since Dec.5 when it was shut down. The workers have vowed to stay until they receive $1.5 million in severance and vacation pay and health benefits they are legally entitled to.

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