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ISBN13: 9781933633824
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“There is much talk about ‘audacity’ these days, but true chutzpah is when the workers take over the factory and take on the bank. Kari Lydersen’s invaluable account of the Republic sit-down strike is an instruction manual for worker dignity.”

—Mike Davis, author of Buda’s Wagon and City of Quartz

December 5, 2008: It wasn’t supposed to work like this. Days after getting a $45 billion bailout from the U.S. government, Bank of America shut down a line of credit that kept Chicago’s Republic Windows & Doors factory operating. The bosses, who knew what was coming, had been sneaking machinery out in the middle of the night. They closed the factory and sent the workers home.

Then something surprising happened: Republic’s workers occupied the factory and refused to leave.

Kari Lydersen, an award-winning reporter, tells the story of the factory takeover, elegantly transforming the workers’ story into a parable of labor activism for the twenty-first century, one that concludes with a surprising and little-reported victory.

Book News Annotation:

After the 250 workers of the Republic Windows & Doors factory in Chicago (located on Goose Island in the Chicago River) were abruptly laid off in December 2008, they occupied the factory, demanding that they be paid for accrued vacation time and 60 days of federally-mandated severance. Garnering headlines around the country, the workers, represented by the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, eventually won a settlement from Republic Windows and Doors creditor Bank of America, which had just been the recipient of billions of dollars in government bailout largesse. Lydersen (a staff writer at the Washington Post) describes these events, placing them within the context of larger economic developments. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

“I think theyre absolutely right... whats happening to them is reflective of whats happening across this economy.”

--President Barack Obama on the workers at Republic Windows & Doors

December 5, 2008: It wasnt supposed to work like this. Days after getting a $45 billion bailout from the U.S. government, Bank of America shut down a line of credit that kept Chicagos Republic Windows & Doors factory operating. The bosses, who knew what was coming, had been sneaking machinery out in the middle of the night. They closed the factory and sent the workers home. Then something surprising happened: Republics workers occupied the factory and refused to leave.

Kari Lydersen, an award-winning Washington Post reporter, tells the story of the factory takeover, elegantly transforming the workers story into a parable of labor activism for the 21st century, one that concludes with a surprising and little-reported victory.

About the Author

Kari Lydersen is a staff writer at the Washington Post. She is the author of Out of the Sea and Into the Fire: Latin American-US Immigration in the Global Age and co-author, with Wafaa Bilal, of Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun, which was recently named a “Best Book of 2008” by Booklist.

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Craig Althage, August 5, 2009 (view all comments by Craig Althage)
This is an important work about an amazing historical phenomenon of workers using their power to get the pay they deserved, and they ended up starting a movement.
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Effie, July 18, 2009 (view all comments by Effie)
A very important & timely book on a tremedously important moment in history by an excellent and socially concerned writer.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781933633824
Subtitle:
The Chicago Factory Takeover and What It Says About the Economic Crisis
Publisher:
Melville House
Author:
Lydersen, Kari
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - Unions
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
Sit-down strikes - Illinois - Chicago
Subject:
Politics-Labor
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090630
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.40x5.40x.50 in. .35 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , “I think theyre absolutely right... whats happening to them is reflective of whats happening across this economy.”

--President Barack Obama on the workers at Republic Windows & Doors

December 5, 2008: It wasnt supposed to work like this. Days after getting a $45 billion bailout from the U.S. government, Bank of America shut down a line of credit that kept Chicagos Republic Windows & Doors factory operating. The bosses, who knew what was coming, had been sneaking machinery out in the middle of the night. They closed the factory and sent the workers home. Then something surprising happened: Republics workers occupied the factory and refused to leave.

Kari Lydersen, an award-winning Washington Post reporter, tells the story of the factory takeover, elegantly transforming the workers story into a parable of labor activism for the 21st century, one that concludes with a surprising and little-reported victory.

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