PI Original Josh Kalven Monday December 8th, 2008, 9:08pm

A Workers' Revolt In Chicago: Our Full Coverage

The story of Republic Window and Doors started quietly on Tuesday, December 2, when
Bank of America informed the Chicago manufacturer that it had canceled their $5 million line of credit. Then came
the rumble. Republic's executives, in turn, announced that their ...

The story of Republic Window and Doors started quietly on Tuesday, December 2, when Bank of America informed the Chicago manufacturer that it had canceled their $5 million line of credit. Then came the rumble. Republic's executives, in turn, announced that their company would be shutting down and gave their 250-plus workers 72 hours to leave their jobs. In the days since, the story has built to a roar, with employees deciding on December 5 to stage an ongoing sit-in in the factory. Since then, the story has captured the nation's attention and grown to symbolize our economy and government's skewed values -- which leads the financial industry to benefit from an enormous taxpayer-funded bailout while laid-off workers can't even get the compensation afforded to them by law.

Read Progress Illinois' ongoing coverage of the Republic Windows story here.

Image by Flickr user ueunion.

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