UFE Brown Bag Discussion: Workers' Call to Fix the Economic Crisis

02/05/2009 12:00 pm
02/05/2009 1:30 pm

UFE and Massachusetts Jobs with Justice invite you to a

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: The Resistance and Recovery Tour: Workers' Call to Fix the Economic Crisis

Presenter: Armando Robles, President of UE Local 1110

Location: UFE office, 29 Winter St., Boston MA

Cost/Registration: Free

Information: Jeannette Huezo, jhuezo@faireconomy.org

Description: In December 2008, 260 United Electric (UE) workers at Chicago's Republic Windows occupied their plant for six days, a sit-in strike launched in response to the closing of their plant with only 3 days notice. Jobs with Justice coalitions along with other community, faith and labor activists from across the country mobilized in support of these workers, helping them win a settlement from bailout beneficiary Bank of America and Republic owners including severance pay and compensation for unpaid earnings. Continued action of these unionized workers led to a plan to reopen the plant with new ownership, California-based Serious Windows.

As the economic crisis deepens, millions of people face jobs loss and foreclosures. Jobs with Justice and other groups are celebrating the successful resistance at Republic and launching the broader campaign for an economic recovery that puts Main Street before Wall Street, restores workers' right to organize, ensures health care for all, creates good green jobs and holds bailed out banks accountable to the people.