Saturday, December 6, 2008

Details on Rev. Jackson's visit to occupied factory tomorrow...

Rev. Jesse Jackson to Meet with Employees of Republic Windows and Doors Will Discuss Efforts to Save Workers' Jobs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2008

Contacts: Leah Fried, United Electrical Workers, 773-550-3022
Mark Meinster, United Electrical Workers, 773-405-3022

Meeting between Rev. Jesse Jackson and employees of Republic Windows and Doors, members of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE), who are occupying the company's headquarters and manufacturing facility. The workers are engaging in the peaceful occupation in an effort to assure they'll get vacation and severance pay to which they are entitled.

Who: Rev. Jesse Jackson and Republic Windows and Doors workers

Where: 1333 N. Hickory Ave., Chicago, IL (on Goose Island)

When: Sunday, December 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Rev. Jackson is meeting to show his support for the employees who lost their jobs with only three days notice when the company was forced to close due to the cancellation of the its credit line by Bank of America. Workers are insisting on a settlement before any assets are removed from the plant. Rev. Jackson will discuss his efforts to work with Bank of America to reinstate the company's line of credit and save the approximately 300 jobs the company provides. Workers have been occupying the plant since Friday morning and have vowed to continue their occupation of the plant until a resolution is reached. A meeting of the parties has been scheduled for Monday at 4:00pm.

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