Monday, December 8, 2008

Republic Windows and Doors

What do you think of the "sit in" at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago? Workers there were told Tuesday that the plant was closing for good on Friday. They were given three days notice that they would no longer have jobs. The workers decided to stage a peaceful protest by sitting in the empty factory in shifts. They say they are owed vacation and overtime pay and question whether Bank of America was overhasty in pulling the plug on the business's credit.

This sit in caught my attention because it is a peaceful protest, and because it perfectly aligns with the kind of social justice action Paul Hawkin describes in his book "Blessed Unrest," which I recently finished reading. The sit-in participants are a small group of people on the bottom of society questioning how Bank of America, which recently got how many billions (?) in taxpayer bailout money, could refuse to extend credit to the small company. Maybe Bank of America had a good reason to deny the funds and maybe not, but at least the laid-off workers are raising the question.

So what do you think?


Ted M. Gossard said...

We need more of this peaceful form of protest. Alot of times protest in our society we've found anything but peaceful. So that's good to hear. What surrounds it is certainly troubling. And the reaction speaks well for the ex-employees, for sure.

Ted M. Gossard said...

I passed an award on to you.