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UE: Demonstrations Wednesday, Friday: Solidarity & “Bail Out the Rest of Us!”

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9 December, 2008

UE Information Flier
for download and distribution (pdf)

Around the country, demonstrations are rapidly being organized to show solidarity with the UE members sitting in at Republic Windows and Doors.  People also want to express outrage at Bank of America’s role in forcing the plant to close and demand that the U.S. government stop aiding the rich bankers who caused this economic crisis and, instead, start protecting jobs and bailing out the rest of us.

Here are the actions we have been able to confirm.  We believe there are other actions going on as well and urge you to let UE know about them.

Earlier:

  • San Francisco — Protest at Bank of America, Tuesday, December 9, sponsored by A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, San Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO) and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
  • Austin, TX — “Small, but spirited . . . great response from rush hour motorists, bus drivers and riders, and other passersby.”  Sponsored by Texas State Employees Union/CWA Local 6186.
  • Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Headquarters, December 7, organized by UE Local 150
  • Wilson, NC — Solidarity gathering for UE members at Republic Windows, December 6

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No Final Agreement Reached; Bargaining Continues Wednesday

9 December, 2008, 11:30 p.m. (CST)

CHICAGO — No final agreement was reached in bargaining on Tuesday involving UE Local 1110 members who have occupied their workplace, the Republic Windows plant, since Friday.  Another negotiating session has been set for Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. (CST).

A statement issued late Tuesday night by the UE negotiating committee said, “Negotiations will resume tomorrow as the parties continue to work towards an agreement.  Progress was made, and the bank and the Union are bargaining in good faith.”

The statement adds, “There are still important details to be worked out before the parties can reach an agreement.”

The statement also noted that, in the case of a tentative agreement, UE Local 1110 members will meet, discuss, and vote before details can be released.

The announcement was made at about 11:00 p.m. following the session which had begun ten hours earlier.

Representing the union during the meeting were UE Local 1110 President Armando Robles, Vice President Melvin Maclin, Steward Vicente Rangel, UE Western Region President Carl Rosen, and UE International Representative Mark Meinster.

Wednesday’s Chicago rally will be held as scheduled.

“Union Says Chicago Factory Sit-in Not Over Yet,”
Associated Press,” 9 December 2008


For future updates on this unfolding struggle, go to <www.ueunion.org/>.


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