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Lydersen, K. (2009). Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago factory takeover, and what it says about the economic crisis. Brooklyn, NY: MelvilleHouse. Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover, `and What it Says About The Economic Crisis INTRODUCTION Kari Lydersen, a staff writer for the Washington Post, wrote the Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover, and What it Says About The Economic Crisis in 2009. This was during a time when the economy was in financial crisis and many lives were being disrupted. It is situated in Chicago, Illinois at the Republic Windows & Doors factory. This story tells how 250 members of the UE, a very progressive union took a stand for what they believed they were owed. The purpose…show more content…
On November 5, 2008, a supervisor told the employees to turn out all of the lights and that everyone had to leave right now (Lydersen, 15). This seemed strange to some of the employees because people where still finishing with their work. While all other employees left, two employees acted as if nothing was wrong and hung around outside the plant to see what was going on. Immediately the plant manager and a former manager come out and looked around, than five cars drove up with former employees and supervisors. These men began removing boxes and pieces of machinery from the warehouse. There were loaded in a U-Haul that had been parked around back with the lights off. This activity continued for several days with each morning bringing more missing machinery and even the furniture in the offices disappearing. The workers realized that the company was disbanding their factory and probably setting up a factory somewhere else with the equipment from Republic. It had become news that a new window and door factory was opening up in Red Oak, Iowa and that the owner was from a company that was just incorporated on November 18, 2008. The owner was Sharon Gillman, the wife of Republic owner Richard Gillman (Lydersen, 57). On Tuesday, December 2, the plant operations manager had the workers report to the cafeteria for a meeting and told them that the plant was closing, in three days. The employees were also told that they would not receive severance pay nor pay for their accrued vacation time. Many of the workers had delayed their vacations at the request of the company due to the busy season of the window industry. This accounted for as much as $150,000 in vacation pay (Lydersen, 58). The company told the employees that the shutdown
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