Chicago window workers end sit-in
Laid-off workers at Republic Windows & Doors ended a five-day sit-in late Wednesday after banks agreed to lend the company $1.75 million for outstanding wages and benefits, reported CNN. The Chicago Sun-Times reported the sit-in had last six days.
Almost 200 workers had launched a peaceful demonstration Friday after the factory gave the employees a three days notice of the layoffs, reported CNN. Federal lay requires 60 days notice of 60 days of paid compensation.
Julie Westermann, a Bank of America spokeswoman, told the Sun Times that the company had loaned $1.35 million. JPMorgan Chase & Co. added $400,000.
CNN reported that workers had approved the deal at a meeting Wednesday night. The average worker will receive about $6,000 under the package.
According to the Sun Times, each former Republic employee will get eight weeks salary, all accrued vacation pay and two months paid health care, which then equals closer to about $7,000 for each.
"This is about more than just money," Union official Carl Rosen said to CNN. "It's about what can be achieved when workers organize and stand up for justice."