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Factory Employees' Sit-In Works

After a six-day sit-in that ended Wednesday night in a Chicago windows factory, the employees got what they wanted. After being told that the factory would be shut down in three days, all the workers wanted was what they deserved under the law: 60 days of severance pay and earned vacation time.

According to the New York Times article, the 240 laid-off workers at this previously anonymous 125,000-square-foot plant had become national symbols of worker discontent amid the layoffs sweeping the country. To the workers surprise, their drastic action worked. Late Wednesday, two major banks agreed to lend the company enough money to give the workers what they asked for.

According to the Daily Lobo article, the standoff has also come to embody mounting anger over the government's willingness to bail out deep-pocketed corporations but not average people. Many of the employees laid off did not understand why they were so abruptly let go and given nothing in return while the government continued to help out huge corporations.

Both articles are good articles. They interviewed numerous sources to give different angles on the story. The New York Times article interviews many different factories in the Midwest that are in similar positions. This shows what exactly other factories are going through in relation to this one. The Daily Lobo article interviewed many of the employees who were participating in the sit-in. They gave their personal stories and really included the human interest element into their story. Overall, both were good stories with different angles.